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Using the local environment for outcomes-based education : issues raised for INSET by teachers' perceptions of agents of change

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dc.contributor.author Burton N en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:12:25Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:12:25Z
dc.date.created 1995 en
dc.date.submitted 1997 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/23875
dc.description.abstract Introduces this "half-thesis" by characterizing the period in which it was written as follows: "South African education is in the process of undergoing... a 'paradigm shift', requiring a change from the familiar transmission method to outcomes-based education (OBE) founded on social constructivist theories of learning and teaching. Teachers... will play a pivotal role in the success or failure of this change. There is therefore an urgent need to re-educate in-service teachers in the philosophy, and related methodologies[,] underpinning Curriculum 2005. To this end, in-service education courses need to be developed which will encourage teachers to reconstruct their beliefs about teaching and learning. Government documents on Education Policy are [now] calling for teachers to become reflexive practitioners, able to guide learners in their efforts to achieve the critical outcomes which are intended to develop a competent citizenry of lifelong learners. Therefore, teachers ought to be empowered as curriculum developers in their own right. This interpretative case study hoped to find out from teachers themselves what aspects of an activity-based environmental education course acted as change agents in assisting them to begin the shift to constructivist theories of teaching and learning. A variety of search tools were used, including questionnaires, interviews, journals, narratives and concept maps, all of which provided a rich source of data for interpretation. From what was gained from four participants in this research, tentative suggestions for incorporation into the next cycle of action research in future INSET programmes are made. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Didactics (Specific school subjects) en
dc.title Using the local environment for outcomes-based education : issues raised for INSET by teachers' perceptions of agents of change en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MEd en


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