The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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One of the daunting challenges facing South Africa in the contemporary period is that of achieving social cohesion. Educational institutions should be at the cutting edge of the project to weave a common identity whilst promoting respect for difference. It was this challenge that motivated us to convene colloquia in 2003 and 2006 to discuss the current state of school desegregation and innovative ways to forge ahead in the complex processes of dismantling the legacies of the past and creating inclusive paradigms for our classrooms.

This monograph represents an attempt to record what could be regarded as nascent events in a few schools that have the potential to grow into models of best practice in managing diversity. These fledgling efforts always coexist with powerful contrary traditions that may retard their fruition, and to witness their growth in slow motion is both enlightening and instructive. A small survey of stakeholders' perceptions about what constitutes 'best practice' in a desegregated school environment, supported by classroom observation, interviews and focus groups form the basis for this analysis of emergent patterns in the practices which foster healthy identities in our learners, both as individuals and as members of South African society.

Concise and written in an accessible style, the study is important reading for educationists at every level, policymakers and all involved in teacher education.

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Format : 280mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 168
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2224-1
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2224-3
Publish Year : 2008
Rights : World Rights

INTRODUCTION

1 BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

2 THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
Customisation of the teaching and learning process
Contextualised teaching process

3 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Phase 1 The survey: Perceptions of 'best practice' in desegregated South African schools
      Sampling procedure
      Sampling and selection of schools
      Response rates
      Data analysis
Phase 2 The case studies: Peering into the desegregated classroom
      Data analysis
      Profiles of the case-study schools
      Teacher profiles for the case-study phase
      A synthesis of school profiles

4 RESEARCH FINDINGS
Phase 1 The survey: Perceptions of 'best practice' in desegregated South African schools
      Responses of teachers
      Responses of learners
      Responses of parents
      Responses of members of school governing bodies
      Responses of members of school management teams
Phase 2 The case studies: Peering into the desegregated classroom
      Setting the scene: Classroom climate
      Curriculum delivery
      Interactions in a class of diverse learners
      Management of a class of diverse learners
      The teacher as a role model
      Conclusion: Effective practices for teaching a class of diverse learners

5 ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS
Phase 1 The survey: Perceptions of 'best practice' in desegregated South African schools
      Transcending the theory/praxis nexus
      Teacher capacity development in multicultural and diverse classrooms
      Teaching and learning material
      The nature and extent of social interaction in the school
      School support
Phase 2 The case studies: Peering into the desegregated classroom
      The teaching and learning environment
      Pedagogy: How learning takes place
Social interaction and diversity management

6 CONCLUSION

7 RECOMMENDATIONS

Prof Mokubung Nkomo is currently professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria. Formerly Executive Director of Education Policy at the Human Sciences Research Council, he has also taught at the University of North Carolina and at the University of Massachusetts. He holds a D.Ed from the University of Massachusetts and has published widely in the field of education and development. He has recently co-edited Within the realm of possibility: From disadvantage to development at the University of Fort Hare and the University of the North (HSRC Press).

Dr Saloshna Vandeyar is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria. Her research interests include teacher education, school integration institutional cultures and assessment practices.

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