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Driven by centralised state processes, externally mandated and regulated, the restructuring of teacher education curriculum and institutions in South Africa has radically changed the teacher education landscape. How universities mediate, contest and resist the resulting pressures has differed, according to their historical legacy, their specific trajectories of restructuring, and their leadership dynamics. This monograph traces the micro-level responses of teacher educators at five universities experiencing the impact of the restructuring processes with varying degrees of intensity, and selected as representative of the system as a whole.

The analysis reveals distinct patterns of recurriculation, ranging from bureaucratic compliance to creating academic coherence between contrasting legacies. What becomes clear is the need for teacher education academics to grasp the challenges and opportunities to assert their power over shaping curriculum processes that will produce competent, confident teachers.

Opportunities and Challenges for Teacher Education Curriculum in South Africa forms 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 : 280
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2238-1
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2238-0
Publish Year : 2008
Rights : World Rights

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
    Glenda Kruss

CHAPTER 2 The challenges of curriculum restructuring in context: 19942007
    Glenda Kruss

CHAPTER 3 A distant reality: Aligning curriculum at North West University
    Ursula Hoadley

CHAPTER 4 Initial teacher education at Unisa: a closer look at distance education
    Chaya Herman and Venitha Pillay

CHAPTER 5 Contestation and accountability: the IPET curriculum at the University of Zululand
    Crispin Hemson

CHAPTER 6 Cutting and pasting: The fabric of teacher educators' work at CPUT
    Adele Gordon

CHAPTER 7 (Re) configuring the (con)text: IPET at the Wits School of Education
    Adele Gordon

CHAPTER 8 Creating new knowledge or bureacratic compliance: comparative patterns of curriculum change
    Glenda Kruss

REFERENCES

APPENDIX A. List of interviews
APPENDIX B. INTERVIEW SCHEDULES

In this final segment of this podcast series, Dr Glenda Kruss, author of Teacher Education and Institutional Change in South Africa and Opportunities and Challenges for Teacher Education Curriculum in South Africa (HSRC Press), discusses the restructuring processes that have taken place in a diverse range of teacher education providers, and the complex ways these can and are shaping future conditions.

Duration: 4 min 44 sec

Dr Glenda Kruss is a chief research specialist in the Education, Science and Skills Development research programme. She has a DPhil from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

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