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Kirori, Maureen; Dickinson, David – South African Journal of Education, 2020
The performance of South Africa's educational system in national and international tests indicates that a large proportion of its public schools are underperforming. Ineffective leadership has been put forward as one reason. This paper analyses a leadership development programme, Partners for Possibility (PfP), which seeks to strengthen leadership…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Foreign Countries, Public Schools, Leadership Effectiveness
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Fadiji, Angelina Wilson; Reddy, Vijay – South African Journal of Education, 2020
An extensive body of research exists on the background characteristics that predict learner achievement. However, in South Africa, little attention has been paid to the level of educational aspirations and the factors that shape the level of aspirations. Using a bio-ecological systems theory of development, we explored the role of gender,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Aspiration, Family Environment, Gender Differences
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Nhlapo, Velaphi Aaron – South African Journal of Education, 2020
The purpose of the study reported on here was to explore the extent to which the role of the principal as ex officio member of the School Governing Body (SGB) facilitated or hindered the development of strategies that are effective and sustainable for the maintenance of school facilities. The rationale for this study was that the South African…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership Role, Sustainability, Educational Facilities
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Sepuru, Malesela Gilbert; Mohlakwana, Mokgadi Agnes – South African Journal of Education, 2020
In the study reported on here we aimed to explore how beginner principals perceived their roles as new appointees. School principals are expected to demonstrate proficiency when performing leadership and management roles in schools. Based on the fact that no certificate for principalship exists, newly appointed principals rely on their teaching…
Descriptors: Principals, Novices, School Administration, Foreign Countries
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Basson, Philip; Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2019
The South African Schools Act 84 of 1996 requires school governing bodies (SGBs) to take responsibility for the management of school finances. However, research in this field of study revealed that many SGB members lack the necessary knowledge and financial skills to effectively and efficiently manage schools' finances. This has resulted in more…
Descriptors: School Administration, Governing Boards, Educational Finance, Money Management
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du Plessis, Pierre; Mestry, Raj – South African Journal of Education, 2019
Poverty is rife in many African countries and this has serious implications for the provision of quality education. Rural schools face severe challenges that are unique to their environment. A lack of parental interest in children's education, insufficient funding from the state, a lack of resources, underqualified teachers, and multi-grade…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Teacher Recruitment, Educational Quality
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Rachmatullah, Arif; Ha, Minsu; Park, Jisun – South African Journal of Education, 2019
This study demonstrates the relations of the position of education in the correlation between religiosity, and socioeconomic variables by using national-level, and large survey data. We used data from the international survey of 68 countries, and used statistical methods to create the composite scores of every variable. Next, we used Pearson and…
Descriptors: Correlation, Religion, Socioeconomic Status, Cross Cultural Studies
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Madimetsa, Joseph Mosoge; Challens, Branwen Henry; Mgadla, Isaac Xaba – South African Journal of Education, 2018
The challenge of low performing schools continues to rear its ugly head in many countries, including South Africa. The responses to low performance differ from country to country, but none of these have included the enhancement of collective teacher efficacy in their repertoire. Research shows that collective teacher efficacy is positively related…
Descriptors: Low Achievement, School Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Collegiality
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Segalo, Letlhoyo; Rambuda, Awelani Melvin – South African Journal of Education, 2018
In South Africa, the common law principle of "in loco parentis" entitles teachers, as the guardians in the school environment, to discipline learners. However, in view of new legislation advancing children's rights, it is unclear as to the extent to which teachers can or do enact the "loco parentis" role. This study employed a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public School Teachers, Discipline Policy, Focus Groups
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Díez, Fernando; Iraurgi, Ioseba; Sanchez, Aurelio Villa – South African Journal of Education, 2018
The objective of this study is to contribute to Quality Management Systems (QMS) and their impact on schools in the Basque Country, Spain. Specifically, it analyses two models: the EFQM Excellence Model, which originated in the business world, and the Integrated Quality Project (IQP) Model, which has a humanistic focus and arose from an…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Models, Quality Assurance, Teacher Attitudes
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Terhoven, René; Fataar, Aslam – South African Journal of Education, 2018
This article focuses on the way in which the school management teams (SMTs) of three selected working-class schools have developed and implemented a range of leadership practices within their schools in order to provide a platform for optimal teaching and learning. The article is based on qualitative research conducted in schools on the outskirts…
Descriptors: Working Class, Curriculum Development, Educational Policy, Leadership Role
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Winnaar, Lolita; Arends, Fabian; Beku, Unathi – South African Journal of Education, 2018
This paper is a secondary analysis, using data from the South African 2015 cycle of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). TIMSS is a trend study that assesses Mathematics and Science achievement and is designed to measure changes in the education system over time. The participants of the study included 12,514 learners…
Descriptors: Bullying, Educational Environment, Socioeconomic Status, Foreign Countries
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Umugiraneza, Odette; Bansilal, Sarah; North, Delia – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Teaching approaches and assessment practices are key factors that contribute to the improvement of learner outcomes. The study on which this article is based, explored the methods used by KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) teachers in teaching and assessing mathematics and statistics. An instrument containing closed and open-ended questions was distributed to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Practices, Teaching Methods, Statistics
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Juan, Andrea; Visser, Mariette – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Determinants of educational achievement extend beyond the school environment to include the home environment. Both environments provide tangible and intangible resources to students that can influence science achievement. South Africa provides a context where inequalities in socio-economic status are vast, thus the environments from whence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Grade 9, Family Environment
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Arends, Fabian; Winnaar, Lolita; Mosimege, Mogege – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Teachers play an important role in the provision of quality education. The variety of classroom practices they use in interacting with learners play a critical role in the understanding of mathematical concepts and overall performance in Mathematics. Following the work done by Hattie (2009, 2012) in relation to classroom practices this study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education
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