n South African Journal of Higher Education - Cognitive coaching : strengthening Grade R teachers' leadership capacity as supervising partners of student teachers

Volume 27, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Effective lesson planning and analysis are important aspects of teaching and learning. Any collaborative partnership between universities and schools to improve teaching practice in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector is a sound investment in the future of young learners. This research project explored the contribution of cognitive coaching to the leadership capacity of Grade R teachers as supervising partners of student teachers. The purpose of the research project was to provide support to and share expertise amongst the participating Grade R teachers and teacher educators in the ECD sector through cognitive coaching with a view to enhancing the capacity of all participants. In this article I report on a collaborative partnership that was initiated between the University of Stellenbosch and Grade R teachers. The research results indicate that the project has had positive effects for the Grade R teachers as supervising partners of student teachers and also impacted on student teacher development. In the process real benefits accrued with time as expertise and competence improved confidence in the work contexts and thus the practice of participating ECD teachers and practitioners.

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