A design-based study of the perceived impact of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) teacher professional development Programme in Environmental Education on teacher practice
- Authors: Vatsha, Malusi
- Date: 2016
- Subjects: South African National Biodiversity Institute , Teachers - Training of , Environmental education - Study and teaching
- Language: English
- Type: Masters (Thesis)
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/214599 , uj:21301
- Description: Abstract: Teacher professional development is an important priority in a country which underperforms in science education. In this study the role of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in assisting teachers in their pedagogical content knowledge development is explored. The assumption is that such institutions should work with Higher Education Institutions in better equipping our teachers for the demands they face in the 21st Century classroom. One such demand is that teachers are expected to incorporate Environmental Education principles in their teaching, yet most teachers were never trained to do so. This study concerns an evaluation of a South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) Teacher Professional Development Programme in Environmental Education. It is argued that such a programme could lead to the transfer of skills to the teachers if it is conducted in a participatory way, as in the case of this SANBI’s Teacher Professional Development Programme. The effect of such an approach is that the programme can be cascaded down to almost all the teachers in schools, and thus leading to the development of communities of practice (CoP). Communities of practice provide an opportunity for teachers to share experiences thus leading to professional relationships and improved pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). This study followed design-based research principles, to assess the influence of SANBI’s programme on teachers’ professional development. The dissertation also describes how the research was conducted and makes some recommendations on what needs to be done to further improve this programme. In the research, discursive interviews, observations and focus group interview methods were used. The use of these tools highlighted the creativity that manifested among teachers who were involved in the programme... , M.Ed.
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'n Benadering vir die realisering van omgewingsopvoeding in die algemene wetenskap sillabus van graad sewe tot nege
- Authors: Uys, Dirk Pieter.
- Date: 2012-08-13
- Subjects: Environmental education - Study and teaching , Natural history - Study and teaching , Environmental education - Study and teaching (Secondary) , Environmental education - Study and teaching (Elementary)
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:9047 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/5510
- Description: D.Ed. , Man is dependant on the environment for his essential requirements and welfare. In the current technological era our world is being irreversibly damaged through the lack of long term vision, due mainly to ignorance of the surroundings man finds himself in. This research focuses on the feasibility of Environmental Education as a perspective on the content of General Science of the compulsory school phase. The researcher feels confident that Environmental Education would indeed add a positive dimension to the future teaching of General Science. The researcher points out that Environmental Education is essential to future generations. Research is directed towards the attainability of Environmental Education in formal Education. A new-found demand faces the General Science teacher. The researcher points out that change is irrevocably due to the technological advances and development together with the adjoining dynamic expectations and demands of society. Mankind's and environment's history has clearly shown that the environment is secondary to progress. The environment must satisfy man's ever growing demands. The contrary hasn't been proven up to date. Man is insensitive to and ignorant about the demands of the environment. The corruption of a once healthy interaction between man and environment is unfortudately a result of man's impetance, insensitivity and ignorance of the environment. Therefore man must take the initiative to restore the environment to a sustainable system where man and his environment can flourish. This research proves a lack of legislation in the necessary nationwide Environmental Education. Environmental Education is far removed from its rightful place in education, not featuring in General Science but through the inclusion of the biophysical surroundings. General Science finds its roots in the biophysical dimension of the environment. The researcher has found that the total environment is only casually referred to in its political, economical and social dimensions.
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