Perspectives in Education

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 3, September

Are Grades 10-12 Physical Sciences Teachers Equipped to Teach Physics?
IntroductionPlanning and teaching any subject are complex cognitive activities and, in these processes, teachers must apply knowledge from various domains (Resnick, 1987; Leinhardt & Greeno, 1986; Wilson, Shulman & Richer, 1987). However, teachers'...
Can Low-Cost Support Programmes with Coaching Accelerate Doctoral Completion in Health Science Faculty Academics?
IntroductionThe Academy of Sciences South Africa reports that the number of full-time academics with doctoral degrees constitutes less than 45% of the total staff component at all South African higher education institutions (ASSAF 2010). This limits...
Conversations among Black Staff Members at a Historically White Afrikaans University Campus on Issues of Race, Social Justice and Reconciliation
IntroductionIn the ensuing paragraphs I will attempt to contextualise the constructs of race, social justice and reconciliation as they play out in higher education, with the aim of indicating the complex and often even contradictory nature of these...
Difficult Conversations: Lessons Learnt from a Diversity Programme for Pre-Service Teachers
IntroductionFramed within the context of a progressive constitution (1996), social justice is regarded as a worthy national goal to bring about a South African society in which individuals are able to develop their full capacity and to interact democratically...
Drama Education in the Age of AIDS
IntroductionTheatre serves many purposes in society, not the least being Hamlet's injunction to hold a mirror up to life. In a more contemporary context we may list among its uses, apart from entertainment, its ability to educate, challenge, debate and...
Editorial
A number of articles in this edition of Perspectives of Education investigate critical issues in Higher Education. Whereas some of these articles examine complex social issues in racially and culturally mixed educational environments, others probe ways...
Educating for a Plural Democracy and Citizenship - a Report on Practice
Conceptions of citizenship - what kind of citizenship is important and why?The notion that education plays an integral part in the moral and political development of individuals and their societies has resurfaced in recent educational and political theory...
Learning Concepts, Language, and Literacy in Hybrid Linguistic Codes: The Multilingual Maze of Urban Grade 1 Classrooms in South Africa
Introduction: a 'code-switching' conundrum in South African schoolsWhen young, urban children go to school in South Africa the chances that they will enter a monolingual environment are almost none. The chances that they will enter a learning environment...
Mathematical Literacy Teachers' Engagement with Contextual Tasks Based on Personal Finance
Introduction and literature reviewIn South Africa, authorities are most concerned that our past education has resulted in very low levels of numeracy in our adult population. International studies show that South African learners' performance in mathematical...
Policy Analysis of the English Graduation Benchmark in Taiwan
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)IntroductionIn order to embrace globalisation and enhance students' proficiency in English, it has become common practice in Taiwan to impose an English graduation benchmark on university students as...
Research in a South African Faculty of Education: A Transformative Approach
IntroductionCurrent social and economic transitions, particularly those associated with the concept of "globalisation" and the shift to a "knowledge-based economy" have had a profound effect on higher education institutions, including on the ideals of...
The Animal Experimentation Controversy: Ethical Views of Prospective Teachers
IntroductionEvery year millions of animals are used as objects for experiments in education and many are harmed or killed for this reason. The Animal Studies Group (2006) argues that almost all areas of human life are at some point or other involved...
The Effectiveness of Students Redrafting Continuous Assessment Tasks: The Pivotal Role of Tutors and Feedback
IntroductionProficiency tests taken by entering first-year students at 11 South African universities between 2008 and 2009 reveal that only 47% are proficient in academic literacy (Blaine, 2010). This suggests that a majority will require support in...
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