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Feldman, Jennifer – South African Journal of Education, 2020
In this article I discuss the potential of professional learning communities (PLCs) within the South African education context using a practice theory lens. PLCs are presented by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) as collaborative learning communities that are fundamentally social and should be established in all schools (DBE, Republic of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Foreign Countries, Educational Improvement
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Muthukrishna, Nithi; Engelbrecht, Petra – South African Journal of Education, 2018
The article proposes the need for the decolonising of the inclusive education movement in Southern African educational contexts. It draws on the authors' own research and reflexive engagement over the last five years on inclusive education policy formulation and implementation in selected Southern African contexts, namely, Botswana, Namibia, South…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Low Income Groups, Social Justice
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Zembylas, Michalinos – South African Journal of Education, 2018
This article is an attempt to bring theoretical concepts offered by decolonial theories into conversation with 'humanising pedagogy.' The question that drives this analysis is: What are the links between humanisation and the decolonisation of higher education, and what does this imply for pedagogical praxis? This intervention offers valuable…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, Foreign Policy, Humanization
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Mheta, Gift; Lungu, Bwalya Nyangu; Govender, Thaiurie – South African Journal of Education, 2018
The call for the decolonisation of universities and curricula in South Africa was at the centre of the 2015 Fallist protests. The protests, which left a trail of destruction and many universities closed for periods of time, had as one of their positive outcomes the precipitation of a renewed interest in the decolonisation of university education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Colleges, Land Settlement
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Botha, Carolina S. – South African Journal of Education, 2017
This article explores the contribution that a teaching strategy, such as metaphoric body-mapping, can make towards the discourse on the development of professional teacher identity. Second-year students in a Life Orientation methodology module in a B.Ed programme were offered the opportunity to validate their local knowledge and make new meaning…
Descriptors: Reflection, Preservice Teachers, Professional Identity, Foreign Countries
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Prinsloo, Sakkie – South African Journal of Education, 2016
In terms of section 15 of the Schools Act, a public school is a legal person ("juristic person") with legal capacity to perform its functions under the Act. The Schools Act distinguishes between governance and professional management, assigning the former to the governing body and the latter to the principal of the school (section 16(1)…
Descriptors: Principals, Foreign Countries, Governing Boards, Governance
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van Laren, Linda; Mudaly, Ronicka; Pithouse-Morgan, Kathleen; Singh, Shakila – South African Journal of Education, 2013
Participatory educational research is generally characterised by a commitment to making a difference in the lives of those who participate in the research and more broadly, to promoting social transformation. This suggests a potentially fruitful synergy between participatory educational research and the multidisciplinary body of academic work on…
Descriptors: Action Research, Educational Research, Participation, School Community Relationship
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Bharuthram, Sharita – South African Journal of Education, 2012
Over the past two decades there has been much written in the literature about the importance of reading and the importance of teaching students reading strategies to improve their reading comprehension. Reading is one of the most important academic tasks encountered by students. In higher education, students are exposed to a number of texts and…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Content Area Reading, Higher Education, College Students
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Ndofirepi, Amasa Philip – South African Journal of Education, 2011
The debate as to whether philosophy is suitable for children is an ancient one and the discussion of philosophical issues has been withheld from the young since Plato's time. This paper seeks to examine the possibility of a Philosophy for Children programme in Africa. This presentation is a critical discourse on the concept of Philosophy for…
Descriptors: African Culture, Philosophy, Teaching Methods, Discourse Analysis
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Williams, Clarence G. – South African Journal of Education, 2011
Before 1994 South African teachers in general, but more specifically women teachers, were effectively excluded from fulfilling meaningful roles as leaders at school level. Since 1994 the Department of Education has promulgated a number of policies in an attempt to actualize distributed leadership in South African schools. Fundamental to…
Descriptors: Leadership, Foreign Countries, Leaders, Leadership Responsibility
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Maharaj, Aneshkumar – South African Journal of Education, 2008
I report on the findings from research and literature on (a) use of symbols in mathematics, (b) algebraic/trigonometric expressions, (c) solving equations, and (d) functions and calculus. From these, some insights and implications for teaching and learning are derived.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Symbols (Mathematics), Algebra, Trigonometry
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Gough, Noel – South African Journal of Education, 2008
In this semi-autobiographical essay I explore the representation and performance of imaginative inquiry practices in educational inquiry and other disciplines, with particular reference to "thought experiments" in the natural sciences and comparable practices in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. I share a number of experiences…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Personal Narratives, Story Telling, Narration
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Mitchell, Claudia – South African Journal of Education, 2008
At the risk of seeming to make exaggerated claims for visual methodologies, what I set out to do is lay bare some of the key elements of working with the visual as a set of methodologies and practices. In particular, I address educational research in South Africa at a time when questions of the social responsibility of the academic researcher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Visual Aids, Research Methodology, Educational Research
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Popkewitz, Thomas – South African Journal of Education, 2008
Schooling in North America and northern Europe embodies salvation themes. The themes are (re)visions of Enlightenments' projects about the cosmopolitan citizen and scientific progress. The emancipatory principles, however, were never merely about freedom and inclusion. A comparative system of reason was inscribed as gestures of hope and fear. The…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Principles, Progressive Education, Educational History
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Meier, Corinne – South African Journal of Education, 2007
Intercultural understanding is a prerequisite for peaceful local and global citizenship, especially in South African society where prejudice and negative stereotypes were previously the order of the day because of official separatism. It is therefore crucial to teach intercultural understanding in South Africa. I report with commentary on a…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness