n South African Journal of Higher Education - Portraits of "non-qualified" teachers in a professional development program

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



In the preceding article (see SAJHE 13(3) 1999), titled, Crafting a combinative ethnography of unlicensed teachers' journey towards professionalisation, the evolvement of the casebook on unlicensed teachers' professionalisation was presented, emphasising the construction of the inquiry. The article ended with the final data categories. In this follow-up article the data are integrated into seven thematic wholes, using the image of "travelling" as unifying feature. Although the narrative is presented via seven individual teacher characterisations or portraits, the themes run across individuals. The portraits of the persons were used to exemplify the themes and do not constitute descriptions of individuals only. Subsequent to the portrayal of the characters (or the depiction of episodes from the stories) the main pattern is discussed, suggesting that the pragmatics of teacher education should play a far more decisive role in designing programs.

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