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Beckmann, Johan – South African Journal of Education, 2019
South African education has become used to dealing with an array of new policy and strategy initiatives. Often these policies and strategies appear on the scene only to disappear into the sand later on. When President Ramaphosa announced the Thuma mina initiative in February 2018, educationists would have been tempted to ask questions about the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Volunteers
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Coetzee, Daniella – South African Journal of Education, 2019
If the intention of South African education legislation is to professionalise teachers, and if this is seen as empowering them for their task, connected to quality education, then it is indeed a worthy ideal. However, pedagogical values have been redefined within a neoliberalist framework, serving corporate culture and lowering the pedagogical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ideology, Neoliberalism, Professionalism
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Wolhuter, Charl; van der Walt, JL – South African Journal of Education, 2019
The aim of this article is to explicate and critically assess the roles and impact of the two major societal forces currently driving the global education expansion project, namely the neoliberal economic revolution and the creed of human rights. The article provides a framework for the collection of articles following in this special issue in…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Civil Rights, Global Education, Educational Policy
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Sibanda, Jabulani – South African Journal of Education, 2017
This paper interrogates the complexity of language use at the Grade Three-Four transition, using the South African context as a microcosm of similar educational systems. The paper describes the complex nature of the transition, particularly within a second language (L2) instructional context. It explores the dissonance between and among theory,…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Grade 4, Theory Practice Relationship, Language of Instruction
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Raselimo, Mohaeka; Mahao, Mahao – South African Journal of Education, 2015
The end of British colonial rule in 1966 provided an impetus for curriculum reform in Lesotho. Since then, a number of curriculum and assessment reforms have been attempted, albeit with a little success. In all cases, the aim has been to achieve the goals of education for national development. The "Curriculum and Assessment Policy" 2009…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Social Change, Educational Policy
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Deacon, H. J. – South African Journal of Education, 2014
While the South African Constitution enshrines both children's right to a basic education and teachers' right to strike, conflict between these two often occurs when the way in which teachers' unions conduct strike actions detracts from learners' education. This article identifies the parties affected by industrial action in the school context,…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Access to Education
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Donohue, Dana; Bornman, Juan – South African Journal of Education, 2014
In South Africa, up to 70% of children of school-going age with disabilities are out of school. Of those who do attend, most are still in separate, "special" schools for learners with disabilities. This situation prevails despite the push for the educational inclusion of learners with disabilities over twelve years ago by the South…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Ambiguity (Context), Educational Policy
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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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Dzvimbo, Kuzvinetsa Peter; Moloi, Kholeka Constance – South African Journal of Education, 2013
In a shrinking world, in which a neo-liberal discourse has permeated sub-Saharan African higher education, critical reflection is required to assess the merits and demerits of globalisation. Research, intensive discussion and hearings conducted over a two-year period by the Task Force on Higher Education and Society, convened by the World Bank and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, African Studies, Global Approach, Higher Education
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Potgieter, Ferdinand J. – South African Journal of Education, 2011
Moral issues and principles do not only emerge in cases of conflict among, for instance, religious communities or political parties; indeed they form the moral substructure of notions of social justice. During periods of conflict each opponent claims justice for his/her side and bases the claim on certain principles. In this article, reference is…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Morale, Case Studies, Public Schools
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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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Horn, Irmhild – South African Journal of Education, 2009
Contemporary education theory (and official South African policy) underwrites learner-centredness. I analyse learner-centredness as a possible piece of the puzzle about why it is proving so difficult to improve academic achievement. Learner-centred ideas are grounded in the belief that cognitive abilities develop spontaneously in accordance with a…
Descriptors: Criticism, Student Centered Learning, Educational Theories, Educational Policy
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de Wet, Corene; Wolhuter, Charl – South African Journal of Education, 2007
The state of public education debate, which to a great extent only reflects policies and practices ab road, is examined. The process of learning from others should replace the process of borrowing (of usually inappropriate policies/practices) from others. Two examples of the issues involved in the debate on public education, namely, Outcomes-Based…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Outcomes of Education, Language of Instruction, Educational Policy
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Bush, Tony – South African Journal of Education, 2007
There is great interest in educational leadership in the early part of the 21st century because of the widespread belief that the quality of leadership makes a significant difference to school and student outcomes. There is also increasing recognition that schools require effective leaders and managers if they are to provide the best possible…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Leadership, Educational Theories, Educational Practices
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van der Westhuizen, Philip C.; van Vuuren, Herman – South African Journal of Education, 2007
At the present juncture, South Africa is one of the few countries that do not require a compulsory and specific qualification for principalship. This particular need has been part of a discussion among educational leaders for the past thirty to forty years. Despite all the laudable efforts to redesign the landscape of Educational Leadership and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professionalism, Principals, Management Development
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