Academic journal article Perspectives in Education

Editorial

Academic journal article Perspectives in Education

Editorial

Article excerpt

This edition of Perspectives in Education seeks to add to education discourses by exploring experiences in both school and higher education settings. I was struck by the fact that most of the papers challenged hegemonic systems and how teaching and subsequently, effective learning, can contribute to the development of agency to address pertinent social issues.

The paper of Wood, De Lange and Mkumbo on the implications of Aids for the re-curriculation of teacher education programmes reflected on teachers' awareness of the social injustices that fuel the AIDS pandemic. They pointed out that it is rather lamentable that teachers do not regard themselves as agents of social change, which urges teachers to address the social dilemmas that come with the pandemic. This article sets the scene for the discourse about the role education can play in the improvement of social challenges. Along the same line of reasoning around the influence of the social environment, Sethusha revealed that teachers' conceptions of dimensions of teaching, such as assessment, are influenced by the social and cultural context in which they find themselves.

The other papers in this edition also contain nuances of justice and transformation in teaching and learning contexts. These papers range from teaching in a Church Refugee House to emotional intelligence and community engagement. In opening up the debates, it is clear that researchers have moved from a mere content-based teaching and curriculum approach to the inclusion of transformation as core element. Transformation implies change in view of improvement and here the paper of Muthivhi highlights the fundamental connection between the verbal thinking processes and problem solving abilities of TshiVenda-speaking primary school children and how such abilities can be improved if linked to practical activities generally applied in that particular society or culture. Additionally the paper of Wootton and Roets focusses on the relationship between cognitive, emotional and behavioural processes, which have implications for helping learners with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) if their emotional intelligence could be developed. …

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