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An exploration of the effective educator in the KwaZulu-Natal context

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dc.contributor.advisor Akhurst JE, Dr en
dc.contributor.author Maurer DK en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T10:18:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T10:18:38Z
dc.date.created 2001 en
dc.date.submitted 2001 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/85362
dc.description.abstract Educators are currently faced with numerous challenges, among them the prospect of working with OBE as well as dealing with growing class sizes and diminishing resources. Educators can no longer survive by using the text book, but are having to rely on a far greater range of resources both within themselves and in in the world outside. In dealing with the injustices of the past, and in an attempt to move forward, it was recognised that a study exploring the impact of educators on the learners that they teach, was warranted - with particular emphasis on the facilitation of learning (as recommended within the new OBE system). This particular study set out to discover whether there was a KwaZulu-Natal profile of the effective educator as commonly agreed upon by learners and educators from different learning environments. In a partial replication of a study by Burns (1987), 237 participants (comprising educators and learners from a former DEC and a former Model C school) completed the 30-item Effective Educator Questionnaire which was then analysed in order to explore the patterns which might emerge. Responses were grouped into 11 areas of educator effectiveness and responses were compared between (i) former DEC and former Model C particiapnts and (ii) educators and learners for each of the 30 questions which were grouped into the 11 areas as used by Burns in his original study. The stusy revealed similar findings to Burns' original study, and also found that there is a broad concept of the effective educator in the kwaZulu-Natal contect - with the effective educator possessing both skills and qualities which facilitate learning. As a result of the findings, future research was recommended in the field in order to assist in educator selection programmes as well as action-research conducted by educators themselves in order to facilitate educational development within the country. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Educational profession (from primary to secondary level) en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Administration of education (from primary to secondary level) en
dc.title An exploration of the effective educator in the KwaZulu-Natal context en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MEd en


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