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Steyn, Trudie – South African Journal of Education, 2013
Leadership studies on principal succession show that new principals are required to address numerous challenges when adapting to a new school context. This paper, on a study that used a qualitative research design, reports on the professional and organisational socialisation of a new principal in a South African primary school during the first…
Descriptors: Socialization, Principals, Qualitative Research, Research Design
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Steyn, Trudie – South African Journal of Education, 2010
There is widespread agreement that professional development (PD) is the best possible answer to meeting the complex challenges in education systems. Studies on educational effectiveness identify the link between quality teachers and their PD. The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine the perceptions of Nigerian delegates from…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Mixed Methods Research, Foreign Countries
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Steyn, Trudie – South African Journal of Education, 2007
South African schools are constantly faced with evolving needs and challenges characterised by change. As in other countries, schools in South Africa encounter pressure to "produce more for less" and at the same time to achieve certain goals and standards. Transforming schools into inviting institutions requires a paradigm shift among…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Educational Theories
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Schulze, Salomé; Steyn, Trudie – South African Journal of Education, 2007
We identify current stressors in the professional lives of South African secondary school educators. The study was exploratory, using a questionnaire, which listed 19 possible causes of stress and was completed by 987 educators from all racial groups and provinces in the country. South African educators in general currently experience the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers, Stress Variables, Negative Attitudes
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Monyatsi, Pedzani; Steyn, Trudie; Kamper, Gerrit – South African Journal of Education, 2006
The major aim of teacher appraisal is to develop teachers in order to improve their delivery in schools. The effectiveness of the process of teacher appraisal is, however, dependent on the perceptions of the teachers themselves. Since the expansion of the education system of Botswana in the 1970s and 1980s, as a result of the cardinal reforms,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Teacher Evaluation
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Monyatsi, Pedzani; Steyn, Trudie; Kamper, Gerrit – South African Journal of Education, 2006
Recent policy on teacher appraisal in Botswana emphasises that the process should be professional, non-threatening and constructive. The extent to which the teachers themselves experience their appraisal as meaningful was investigated. The findings indicated that teachers had varying experiences and mixed feelings about the appraisal process. It…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes