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In 2008, South Africa had 400 953 educators, which included school teachers and principals. Were they adequate in number and quality for the 12 239 363 learners in ordinary public and independent schools? Is the countrys teacher education system sufficiently geared up to produce the teachers that are required and are sufficient numbers of students being attracted to teaching? How successful have government and union attempts to address specific teacher shortages since 1994 been? What has the contribution of research been in these areas?

These are the questions this monograph addresses. It does so by providing an overview and synthesis of the interventions, research and consequences of initiatives related to the demand for and supply of teachers since 1994. What the study shows is that in order to deal with shortages, a bold vision for sustained investment in teacher education is a first priority. This needs to be supported with measures that will not only attract young graduates to the teaching profession, but also retain them and their developed expertise.

This monograph is part of the Teacher Education in South Africa series. The series documents a wide-ranging set of research projects on teacher education conducted by the Education, Science and Skills Development research programme within the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), as part of a consortium of research partners. A comprehensive investigation of the dynamics shaping the professional development of educators, the series provides important reading for educationists, academics and policy-makers.

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Format : 280mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 56
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2293-4
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2293-9
Publish Year : 2009
Rights : World Rights

Series preface
Project preface
Acknowledgements
Executive summary
Acronyms and abbreviations

1    Introduction
2    Conceptual issues
3    Dynamics of teacher supply and demand: Research, policy and practice, 19941999
4    Dynamics of teacher supply and demand: Research, policy and practice, 19992004
5    Dynamics of teacher supply and demand: Research, policy and practice, 20042008
6    Conclusion

References

One of the suggested solutions for addressing the teacher shortage is reopening teacher training colleges. Professor Linda Chisholm, author of An Overview of Research, Policy and Practice in Teacher Supply and Demand, 1994–2008 (HSRC Press), examines this option more closely in this part of the podcast series.

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Dr Linda Chisholm is a research director in the Education, Science and Skills Development research programme at the HSRC, and Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand. Before joining the HSRC, she was Chair and Professor of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and had previously served as Chair of the Ministerial Review Committee on Curriculum 2005 with the Ministry of Education. Dr Chisholm has also served as Director of the Wits Education Policy Unit.

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