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Wessels, Elsabé; Wood, Lesley – South African Journal of Education, 2019
Teachers, specifically those who work in under-resourced contexts, face many challenges within their workplace that negatively affect their experiences of well-being. Although research indicates that if teacher well-being improves, a more enabling climate for teaching and learning is created, little support is available for teachers in this…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Action Research, Participatory Research, Experiential Learning
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McAteer, Mary; Wood, Lesley – South African Journal of Education, 2018
The need to work in partnership with communities in a meaningful and impactful way has become a core part of university planning in many countries around the world. In the Global South, the potential for the Eurocentric knowledges and power structures to dominate such partnerships is pervasive. This article reports on findings of a participatory…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Universities, Participatory Research, Action Research
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Setlhare, Rubina; Wood, Lesley; Meyer, Lukas – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Working in challenging contexts can impact negatively on a teacher's sense of purpose and efficacy. This article explores the potential of group Life Design (LD), a narrative constructivist career counselling process, for supporting ten South African school teachers working at an under-resourced school with understanding their career aspirations…
Descriptors: Poverty, Qualitative Research, Teacher Attitudes, Career Counseling
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Seobi, Boitshepo Audrey; Wood, Lesley – South African Journal of Education, 2016
An unacceptable number of learners in under-resourced schools in South Africa are failing to perform adequately in national and international benchmark tests. Poor learner performance has been linked to poor-quality teaching, which, in turn, can be attributed in part to a lack of instructional leadership at schools. According to policy, heads of…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Department Heads, Disadvantaged Schools, Foreign Countries
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Van Der Vort, Geoffrey; Wood, Lesley – South African Journal of Education, 2016
The Education District and Circuit Offices in South Africa are mandated by the Department of Basic Education to support schools under their jurisdiction. Reasons for the lack of such support to schools have been highlighted in various reports and research findings. This paper examines the role that properly constructed school improvement plans,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries, Research Design
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Van Der Voort, Geoffrey; Wood, Lesley – South African Journal of Education, 2014
This article reports on a first cycle of a larger action research study conducted to determine how Circuit Teams could support School Management Teams of underperforming high schools towards whole-school development. Although it is a mandated requirement by the Department of Education, none of the four schools involved in the study had developed a…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Educational Change, School Effectiveness, High Schools
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Wood, Lesley; Zuber-Skerrit, Ortrun – South African Journal of Education, 2013
Community engagement (CE) is a core function of the university in South Africa. In the field of education, the imperative to pursue and promote CE provides an exciting opportunity for researchers to work with school communities to address the many challenges that threaten the quality of teaching and learning. Yet, relatively few researchers in…
Descriptors: School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Outreach Programs
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Wood, Lesley – South African Journal of Education, 2012
Based on the existing literature on the positive relationship that exists between high instances of HIV infections and a high degree of gender injustices in southern Africa, there is clearly a need for HIV-prevention interventions, to focus on the need for changing the existing gender norms. Social change begins with change at the individual…
Descriptors: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Action Research, Prevention, Gender Differences
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Wood, Lesley; Goba, Linda – South African Journal of Education, 2011
It is acknowledged that teacher training programmes around HIV in most of sub-Saharan Africa appear not to have been very effective in assisting teachers to respond to the demands placed on them by the pandemic. In response to the need identified by international development agencies, for research into teacher education and HIV in sub-Saharan…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Child Welfare, Residential Institutions, Institutionalized Persons