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McAteer, Mary; Wood, Lesley – South African Journal of Education, 2018
The need to work in partnership with communities in a meaningful and impactful way has become a core part of university planning in many countries around the world. In the Global South, the potential for the Eurocentric knowledges and power structures to dominate such partnerships is pervasive. This article reports on findings of a participatory…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Universities, Participatory Research, Action Research
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Jwan, Julius O.; Kisaka, Sella T. – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Principals in Kenyan schools are required to adopt democratic school leadership practises as part of the government policy. Adopting an interpretive case study, this paper set out to explore the application of democracy, ethics and social justice in secondary schools in Kenya. The study was in two phases. Phase one: twelve school principals were…
Descriptors: Democracy, Social Justice, Ethics, Foreign Countries
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Pillay, Ansurie – South African Journal of Education, 2017
The South African Council for Educators' Code of Professional Ethics requires teachers to help learners develop values consistent with the fundamental rights contained in the Constitution of South Africa. To engage with such rights, teachers need to have the agency to develop such values, and this article explores how teachers of English in South…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Self Concept, Change Agents
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Becker, Anne; de Wet, Annamagriet; van Vollenhoven, Willie – South African Journal of Education, 2015
The twentieth century has been characterised by the proliferation of human rights in the discursive practices of the United Nations (Baxi, 1997). In this article, we explore the continual process of rights-based education towards transformative action, and an open and democratic society, as dependent upon the facilitation of human rights literacy…
Descriptors: Human Dignity, Foreign Countries, Student Teachers, Literacy
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Gachago, Daniela; Condy, Janet; Ivala, Eunice; Chigona, Agnes – South African Journal of Education, 2014
Although becoming a more racially-integrated society, the legacy of Apartheid still affects learners' social engagements in and outside their classrooms. Adopting Nussbaum's (2010) capabilities framework for a socially just democracy, this paper examines 27 pre-service teacher education students' perceptions of a digital storytelling project and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Story Telling, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Pillay, Daisy; Karlsson, Jenni – South African Journal of Education, 2013
Universities in South Africa during apartheid reflected the racialised politics of the period. This gave rise to divisive descriptors such as "historically white/black"; "English/Afrikaans-speaking" institutions and "Bantustan'' universities. These descriptors signal a hierarchy of social status and state funding. We start…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Bibliographic Databases
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Mathebula, Thokozani – South African Journal of Education, 2013
The central feature of Athenian citizens' rights, that is, people's participation in government, is also enshrined in the South African Constitution. This article argues for the Athenian style of participatory democracy as a viable model of participation in governing South African schools. The author claims that "people's education",…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Administration, Leadership Styles, Participative Decision Making
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Joubert, Ina – South African Journal of Education, 2012
This article is about an investigation of eight-year-old children's life experiences as child citizens in democratic South Africa, their right to be listened to and to participate in the democracy. Research indicates that understanding children's life experiences can influence adults' understanding of what needs to be done to support their…
Descriptors: Photography, Democracy, Family Environment, Foreign Countries
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de Villiers, Elsabé; Pretorius, S. G. – South African Journal of Education, 2011
The aim of this research was to determine educators' perceptions of and readiness for teacher leadership. A total of 283 educators in the Eden and Central Karoo Education District in the Western Cape participated in the study. The participants included district officials, principals, and members of school management teams, as well as veteran,…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Attitudes
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Smit, Marius H.; Oosthuizen, Izak J. – South African Journal of Education, 2011
There is an inextricable link between democracy, education and the law. After 15 years of constitutional democracy, the alarming percentage of dysfunctional schools raises questions about the efficacy of the system of local school governance. We report on the findings of quantitative and qualitative research on the democratisation of schools and…
Descriptors: Governance, Democracy, Educational Improvement, Participative Decision Making
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Harber, Clive; Mncube, Vusi – South African Journal of Education, 2011
This paper is concerned with three possible theoretical relationships, between education and social, economic and political development, that--(a) education improves society, (b) education reproduces society as it is and (c) education actually makes society worse. The paper then uses South Africa as a case study to critically analyse these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Educational Policy, Racial Segregation
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Solomons, Inez; Fataar, Aslam – South African Journal of Education, 2011
This article is based on the assumption that values education has much to offer to a country that is struggling to overcome a fractured moral landscape. Pursuing a modest agenda, the focus of the article is on values and values education in the context of schooling in South Africa. We suggest that debates about what constitutes values and values…
Descriptors: Values Education, Foreign Countries, Values, Democracy
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Maarman, Rouaan – South African Journal of Education, 2009
In this study I use the notion of "capabilities poverty", as theorised by Sen, to examine the experiences of learners attending informal settlement schools in North-West Province, South Africa. Sen distinguishes between functionings (what people do or their ability to do something) and capabilities (various combinations of what people…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Experience, Poverty, Barriers
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Beckmann, Johan; Prinsloo, Isak – South African Journal of Education, 2009
The establishment of school governing bodies represents a significant decentralisation of power in the South African school system. The South African Schools Act (Act 84 of 1996) plays an important role in encouraging the principle of partnership in and mutual responsibility for education. With the institution of school governing bodies (SGBs),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Boards of Education
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Mncube, Vuzi – South African Journal of Education, 2009
I argue that parent participation in SGBs is an important ingredient in building democracy in the schooling system, as well as in the wider society of South Africa. At some schools in South Africa, parents are not yet playing their full role as governors mandated by legislation. Parents at some rural schools are reluctant to participate in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Role, Democracy, Governance
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