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Smit, Brigitte – South African Journal of Education, 2018
In this article, bullying in South African schools is conceptualised regarding both the phenomenon and the leadership style using a relational framework. An instrumental case study nested in social constructivism was applied. I employed semistructured interviews, including some open-ended questionnaires, based on the same interview questions.…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Case Studies, Bullying, Constructivism (Learning)
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Smit, Brigitte; Scherman, Vanessa – South African Journal of Education, 2016
This paper attends to a theoretical exposition of relational leadership and ethics care as complementary approaches to educational leadership in counteracting bullying at schools. Schools constitute complex systems of activities, processes and dynamics. More specifically, a social system in schools is a web of interactions between the various…
Descriptors: Bullying, Social Justice, Ethics, Instructional Leadership
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Zimmerman, Lisa; Smit, Brigitte – South African Journal of Education, 2014
The South African 2006 and 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) findings continue to highlight major concerns about the quality of reading literacy teaching in primary schools. Of specific concern is the lack of representation of the sampled South African learners at the PIRLS international benchmarks, revealing a distinct…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Grade 4, Reading Achievement
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Knafo, Tilana; Smit, Brigitte; Marais, Petro – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Quality early childhood programmes have proven to be highly cost-effective in reversing the detrimental consequences of poverty on children's development. However, these programmes can only influence developmental outcomes of poor children if their needs are considered. Aim: The purpose of this article was to inquire into the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers, Foreign Countries, Empowerment
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Knowles, Mariska; Nieuwenhuis, Jan; Smit, Brigitte – South African Journal of Education, 2009
In this article we argue that mothers often construct images of what they perceive as society's expectations of them. These images become the parameters in the eyes of society to which they aspire. This is reminiscent of the adage: "I am not who you think I am. I am not who I think I am. I am who I think you think I am". This study is…
Descriptors: Mothers, Women Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Cultural Influences
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Smit, Brigitte; Fritz, Elzette – South African Journal of Education, 2008
In this ethnographic inquiry we portray two teacher narratives reflecting educational change in the context of two South African schools. The study was conducted as part of a larger inquiry into ten schools in urban South Africa. A decade of democracy begs some attention to educational progress and reform, from the viewpoint of teachers and with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Educational Change, Ethnography