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Supporting student teachers for a participatory pedagogy through Shier’s model of participation in Grade R (Reception Year) South Africa
Providing support to student teachers to implement participatory pedagogies is vital for understanding the importance of listening to children’s voices and involving them in decision making. At a local university in the Western Cape, South Africa, ten final year Foundation Phase student teachers studying toward the Bachelor in Education who enrolled in the Reception Year module participated in a project during work integrated learning using Harry Shier’s Pathways to Participation model in support of a participatory pedagogy. After the first session of work integrated learning, student teachers participated in focus group interviews guided by open-ended questions on their experiences using Shier’s model. Findings reveal that whilst student teachers were open to listening to children’s voices, they did not have the necessary opportunities in their training to listen to children. Students were restricted to the confines of a Grade R class dominated by mentor teachers who adopted a transmissive pedagogy. Student teachers also noted that children were not accustomed to having their voices heard and making decisions.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2022
A comparison of student teacher learning from practice in university-affiliated schools in Helsinki and Johannesburg
In a comparative study of student teachers in Finland and South Africa, the researchers aimed to capture students’ views of how and what they had learned from practice in two university-affiliated primary schools. With data from survey questionnaires, the authors found that students in the two customized programmes accentuated different domains of teacher knowledge. The newly established teaching practice school in Johannesburg afforded closer integration of university and school practicum experiences for students than the well-established school in Helsinki. The authors conclude that an innovative teacher education model can be re-invented in a significantly different context and also add new dimensions to the original.
Updated: Sep. 12, 2019
How Can a Focus on Teacher Well-being in Pre-service Training Promote the Resilience of Primary School Student Teachers?
The focus of this paper is on how an induction course on Teacher Well-Being (TWB) infused as part of an exchange programme between one higher education institution, Oslo and Akershus University of Applied Sciences (HIOA) in Norway and three primary schools in South Africa, influence the professional development and resilience of the participating primary school student teachers.
Updated: May. 14, 2017
South African Teacher Voices: Recurring Resistances and Reconstructions for Teacher Education and Development
This article will focus on the shifts in discourses about teacher education and teacher voice within the South African research and policy environment over the last four decades. The alignment of the political and educational agenda in providing resistance to the apartheid system culminated in 1994, the start of the new democracy.
Updated: Feb. 23, 2017
The purpose of this case study is to investigate the professional mathematics teacher identity (PMTI) of prospective teachers in terms of how the individual perceives her professional identity and how that identity is actualised in the classroom. The participants were required to discuss and describe their own PMTI in terms of three aspects: mathematics specialisation, teaching-and learning specialisation, and caring. Subsequently, they were observed in the classroom, where the actualisation of their PMTI was considered in terms of the same three. These prospective teachers demonstrate that while they may certainly be teaching who they are, this is not necessarily who they think they are. They may believe that they are Mathematics Specialists, Teaching-and-learning Specialists, and Carers, but when they are observed at work in the classroom these specialisations are not necessarily, or at least not consistently evident.
Updated: May. 17, 2016
Selecting Teaching Practice Schools across Social Contexts: Conceptual and Policy Challenges from South Africa
The article explores the question of placing student teachers for their field experience in schools for a diversity of social and educational conditions in South Africa. It outlines the criteria that a sample of teacher educators uses for placing student teachers in ‘suitable’ schools, and relates these criteria to placements in challenging social and educational contexts.Different conceptual models for understanding the link between Teaching Practice placements and a social justice approach to teacher education have been outlined, and a position advanced for understanding and developing the elements of the different models within their particular historical context. These conceptual models are helpful but not sufficient to capture the aspirations, pressures and dilemmas involved in preparing teachers for a range of schooling contexts.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2016
Towards a Whole-School Approach to the Pastoral Care Module in a Postgraduate Certificate of Education Programme: a South African Experience
This study explores the potential of adopting a whole-school approach to the pastoral care module in a Postgraduate Certificate of Education Programme to ensure that all newly qualified teachers practice effective pastoral care in their classrooms and promote the learners’ academic engagement and performance. A group-administered questionnaire was used to collect the opinion of 59 student teachers’ on the competencies they obtain from the module. The student teachers ranked knowledge first, beliefs and values second and skills third.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2015
This paper reports on a dialogic model of international practicum, involving Australian pre-service students and two mentors on a 22-day placement in South Africa. The authors begin with a traditional qualitative case study of the practicum program, identifying benefits for some students.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2015
This article explores the pedagogical learning of South African pre-service teachers during a practicum in special schools. These placements do not only serve to promote an understanding of difference and disability. These pre-service teachers noticed aspects of pedagogy that had been less visible to them during previous practicum sessions in ‘mainstream’ schools. The authors conclude that a practicum placement in such settings has the potential to advance their pedagogical learning.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2015
This paper is a critical account of a particular experience of an Australian teacher educator leading an international teaching practicum in South Africa.
Updated: Aug. 21, 2013