Changing Teaching, Changing Times

Changing Teaching, Changing Times

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This is the story of a science teacher and her work in an over-crowded and under-resourced township secondary school in contemporary South Africa. While set firmly in the present, it is also a journey into the past, shedding fresh light on how the legacy of apartheid education continues to have a major influence on teaching and learning in South Africa. Changing Teaching, Changing Times: Lessons from a South African Township Science Classroom Jonathan Clark, False Bay FET College, Cape Town, South Africa Cedric Linder, Uppsala University, Sweden and University of the Western Cape, South Africa The book has a compelling story line with extensively referenced notes at the end of each chapter. It is intended for a wide audience, which includes general readers, policy makers, teacher-educators, researchers and, most importantly, practitioners in the field. For, while it reminds us of the powerful constraining role that both context and students play in mediating a teacher's practice, it also attests to the power of individual agency. As such it is a celebration of the actions of an ordinary teacher whose willingness to leave the well-worn paths of familiar practice stands as a beacon of possibility for contexts which seem, so often, to be devoid of hope.While the students quite readily called out their observations, the sticking point comes when they are asked to offer some explanation for why they think the fuse wire gets hot and then melts. Sensing their confusion, Nomzamo instructs theanbsp;...

Title:Changing Teaching, Changing Times
Author:J. Clark, C. Linder
Publisher:Sense Publishers - 2006


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