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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