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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