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TitleThe experiences of foundation phase teachers in implementing the curriculum
AuthorMakeleni, Theorin Nomvuyiso
SubjectCurriculum implementation
SubjectFoundation Phase
SubjectTeacher knowledge
SubjectNational Curriculum Statement
SubjectCurriculum and Assessment Policy Statement
SubjectEducation, Elementary -- Curricula -- South Africa -- Eastern Cape -- Case studies
SubjectElementary school teachers -- South Africa -- Eastern Cape -- Attitudes -- Case studies
SubjectCurriculum change -- South Africa -- Eastern Cape -- Case studies
Format1 online resource (xiii, 103 leaves)
AbstractThe purpose of this study is to explore what knowledge and experiences teachers hold about curriculum implementation and how their knowledge and experiences influence teaching and learning practices. This study is qualitative in nature and adopted a case study research design to explore the Foundation Phase teachers’ experiences of curriculum implementation. Semi-structured interviews, observations, and document analyses were used for collecting data. The study utilised a constructivist theoretical framework on knowledge and experiences of curriculum implementation. Four Foundation Phase teachers from two different schools in the Eastern Cape Province were interviewed and observed. Document analysis was used to corroborate the data collected through observations and interviews. The findings indicated that teachers had different knowledge levels and understanding of curriculum content and components. Furthermore, this study revealed that teachers’ instructional planning was inadequate. It was indicated that teachers needed comprehensive training, relevant resources, monitoring and support, conducive teaching and learning environment, further orientation in teaching First Additional Language, multi-grade teaching skills, and parental cooperation in the education of children. The findings highlighted that, although teachers experienced challenges in curriculum implementation, there were some who showed willingness to implement curriculum changes and who acknowledged the benefits of NCS previous workshops. I recommend that in order to ensure that teachers implement curriculum changes according to the requirements; the Department of Education and curriculum designers must consider the context in which the curriculum has to be delivered. Amongst all other requirements for curriculum implementation, teachers have to be monitored and supported to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
AbstractCurriculum and Instructional Studies
AbstractM. Ed. (Curriculum Studies)
IdentifierMakeleni, Theorin Nomvuyiso (2013) The experiences of foundation phase teachers in implementing the curriculum, University of South Africa, Pretoria,