Perspectives in Education


Vol. 36, No. 1, 2018

(Re)connect Social and Environmental Responsibility to Learners' Living Environments: Curriculum Challenges and Possible Solutions for Teaching-Learning in Life Orientation
1.Introduction and backgroundSubstantial evidence from recent and past research findings in South Africa indicated that Life Orientation (LO) teaching-learning are not meeting the expectations of learners (Adewumi, 2012: 97; Chabilall, 2012: 122; Ferguson,...
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Vol. 35, No. 1, 2017

It's a Virtual Child!: Postgraduate Students' Experiences in a Developmental Psychology Class
We live in a world of super complexity (Barnett, 2014). The explosion of knowledge and the emergence of a new and more open knowledge society require future professionals to act as holistically developed, well-integrated individuals with the competence...
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Overcoming Language Barriers: Lessons Learnt from Migrant Children
1.IntroductionThis paper asks why some migrant children around the globe perform well at school despite the predictable difficulties of navigating a new culture and language, often with constrained social and economic resources. We acknowledge that scholarly...
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An Alternative Approach to a Complex Issue: Youth-Designed Strategies for the Prevention of Teenage Pregnancy in Schools
1.IntroductionThe number of teenage pregnancies in South Africa increased by over 30 000 per annum between 2011 and 2013 - a situation that the Department of Education views as "alarming" (Masondo, 2015:1). In response, the South African Council for...
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Teachers' Perceptions of How They Develop Self-Regulated Learning
1.Introduction and Problem StatementSelf-regulated learning (SRL) has become a major worldwide educational goal in efforts to prepare learners for the skills and knowledge they need to function in the 21 st century (UNESCO-IBE.2013). Educational researchers,...
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Vol. 35, No. 2, 2017

Quality Education for Sustainable Development: Are We on the Right Track? Evidence from the TIMSS 2015 Study in South Africa
1. IntroductionAs proposed in the 4th goal, which is about transforming our world (UNICEF, 2016), obtaining quality education is the foundation for improving people's lives and for sustainable development. The report also says that although education...
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Decolonising the Future in the Untransformed Present in South African Higher Education
1.IntroductionThe advent of democracy in South Africa brought with it a myriad of changes in the higher education sector. In 1997, the Higher Education Act was passed which necessitated change and access within an education system, which discriminated...
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English Studies: Decolonisation, Deparochialising Knowledge and the Null Curriculum
1.IntroductionCalls for the transformation and decolonisation of South African higher education, or the transformation and decolonisation of the higher education curriculum or knowledge are not peculiar to South Africa (see, for example, Mbembe, 2016)....
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Curriculum Responsiveness within the Context of Decolonisation in South African Higher Education
1.IntroductionThe context of South African higher education is rather a complex one, rife with inequalities, lack of resources and personnel. Owing to the inequalities and the lack of transformation in South African universities twenty-three years after...
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Unmasking the Ramifications of the Fees-Must-Fallconundrum in Higher Education Institutions in South Africa: A Critical Perspective
1.IntroductionIn the last couple of months of 2016, academia was rocked by student protests despite negotiations, concessions and attempts to return to normalcy. The situation certainly saw a repeat of the university disruptions of 2015. Despite warnings...
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Vol. 33, No. 4, December

Young People Being Literate in a Digital Space: What Can Textspeak Tell Us?
IntroductionFor many learners in under-resourced contexts, access to written material in school libraries, and the opportunity to regularly read, write, and engage in discussions of texts, particularly in English, is challenging. To address this, the...
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