n South African Journal of Education - A comparison between the views of teachers in South Africa and six other countries on involvement in school change
|Article Title||A comparison between the views of teachers in South Africa and six other countries on involvement in school change|
|© Publisher:||Education Association of South Africa (EASA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Education|
|Publication Date||Nov 2009|
|Pages||461 - 474|
|Keyword(s)||Decentralised decision-making, Educational change, School reform, Schoolbased management and Teacher involvement|
ISI Social Science
Worldwide, and especially in South Africa, change and decentralised decisionmaking have been topical issues in the provision of education for the past years. It appears that teachers - the key agents in implementing the policies concerned - are largely ignored in the pre-implementation phases, and treated merely as implementers of these policies. The results from an empirical investigation revealed that the teachers in the South African sample expressed an exceptional degree of eagerness to be involved in decision-making and responsibility-taking concerning school change, even in aspects of management that could be considered as the principal's 'turf'. Although the views of a group of teachers in six other countries showed very similar result patterns, the sample of South African teachers was considerably more eager to be involved in initiatives of school change and related responsibilities than the teachers in the samples of the other countries. The results are illuminating, taking into consideration the increased workload of teachers, as well as certain other factors. Possible explanations for these observations are discussed.
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