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Learning to Teach in South Africa is a collection of essays by one of South Africas most respected thinkers in education. The essays span the crucial years of democratic transition in South Africa and show the consitency of Morrow's thinking over this period. He argues for the retrieval of the primacy of the practice of professional teaching in our thinking about the transformation of schooling and education in South Africa, reveals the emergence of his seminal distinction between formal and epistemological access, puts forward some definitive views about teacher education, and continues to struggle with relativism, one of the strands of the legacies of colonialism and apartheid.

Learning to Teach in South Africa is an intellectually flavoursome, essential read for anyone interested in the transformation of education, and especially those who have a role in shaping its future.

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Format : 210mm x 148mm
Pages : 232
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2186-5
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2186-4
Publish Year : 2007

1. Teaching large classes in higher education
2. Teacher education: reconstruction and challenges
3. A picture holds us captive
4. The practice of organising systematic learning
5. What is teacher education?
6. What is teachers work?
7. Scripture and practices
8. Aims of education in South Africa
9. Teacher education, pluralism and the ugly lines of segregation in South Africa
10 Multicultural education in South Africa
11 The politics of difference in South African education
12 The rubber hits the tar

Professor Wally Morrow's career as a teacher in South African Faculties of Education stretches from the early 1970s until the end of the century. During these decades he had a significant influence on the students he taught, and the colleagues with whom he worked. He is currently a member of the HSRC Council, and a member of the South African Qualifications Authority. Professor Morrow was formerly Professor of Philosophy of Education and Dean of Education at the University of the Western Cape, Dean of Education at the University of Port Elizabeth, and Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Teacher Education.

One of the most original and distinctive thinkers in South African education over the past three decades, Wally Morrow was a founder member of the Kenton Conference, and established the academic journal Perspectives in Education, which jointly created intellectual space for critical discussion about education during dark times in South Africa. A previous collection of his essays, published in 1989 under the title Chains of Thought, addressed fundamental issues that were constantly disregarded in disputes about education during the decades of political struggle. Since the early 1990s he has been prominently involved in the project of transforming South African Education.

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