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Essential reading for matriculants, first year university and college students – and their parents!
Your First Year Of Varsity talks directly to Grade 12 learners and first year university and college students who arrive at their place of higher education filled with hopes, expectations, fears and dreams; yet with little understanding of what this new world means and how to adapt, grow – and graduate.
The book addresses all the rules, demands, behaviours, skills and cultural shifts that will turn an undergraduate into a viable part of higher education life. Foster and Mofokeng have written the book in plain English and it is accessible to anyone who can read a magazine or newspaper. An empathetic, no-nonsense and practical guide to understanding the cultural and academic divide between high school and college or university.
Being At Home stimulates careful conversation about some of the most pressing issues facing higher education institutions in South Africa today - race, transformation and institutional culture.
While there are many reasons to be despondent about the current state of affairs in the South African tertiary sector, this collection is intended as an invitation for the reader to see these problems as opportunities for rethinking the very idea of what it is to be a university in contemporary South Africa. It is also, more generally, an invitation for us to think about what it is that the intellectual project should ultimately be about, and to question certain prevalent trends that affect - or, perhaps, infect - the current global academic system.
This book will be of interest to all those who are concerned about the state of the contemporary university, both in South Africa and beyond.
The Soweto Student Uprising of 1976 was a decisive moment in the struggle against apartheid. It marked the expansion of political activism to a new generation of young activists, but beyond that it inscribed the role that young people of subsequent generations could play in their country's future.
Since that momentous time, students have held a special place in the collective imaginary of South African history. Drawing on research and writing by leading scholars and prominent activists, Students Must Rise takes Soweto '76 as its pivot point, but looks at student and youth activism in South Africa more broadly by considering what happened before and beyond the Soweto moment. Early chapters assess the impact of the anti-pass campaigns of the 1950s, of political ideologies like Black Consciousness as well as of religion and culture in fostering political consciousness and organisation among youth and students in townships and rural areas. Later chapters explore the wide-reaching impact of June 16th itself for student organisation over the next two decades across the country. Two final chapters consider contemporary student-based political movements, including #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall, and historically root these in the long and rich tradition of student activism in South Africa.
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1976 June 16th uprisings. This book rethinks the conventional narrative of youth and student activism in South Africa by placing that most famous of moments - the 1976 students' uprising in Soweto - in a deeper historical and geographic context.
This book offers new theoretical ground for thinking about, and transforming, leadership and higher education worldwide. Through an examination of the construct of intimacy and ‘nearness’, including emotional, spiritual, psychic, intellectual, and physical closeness, Jonathan Jansen demonstrates its power to influence positive leadership in young people. He argues that sensory leadership, which includes but extends beyond the power of touch, represents a fresh and effective approach to progressive transformation of long divided institutions.
Considering richly textured narratives, chapters explore complex intimacies among Black and White university students in South Africa, post-apartheid and in the aftermath of a major racial atrocity. The stories reveal the students’ transformation in the process of ‘leadership for change’, interweaving concepts of racism, human relationships and intimacy, and in turn expanding the knowledge base of social and institutional improvement. This book explores how, when different kinds of nearness come together in leadership change, young people respond in ways that would not be possible through conventional instruments such as policy, legislation and the appeal to moral sensibilities alone.
Leading For Change will be critical reading for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of education, educational justice, higher education, educational leadership and change, social and/or racial justice. This book will also be of interest to those working in the fields of anthropology, social psychology, and South African contemporary politics, policy and institutional practices.
From the international bestselling author of The Element, Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education. In this inspiring, empowering book, he sets out a new vision for how education can be transformed to enable all young people to flourish.
Filled with practical examples and groundbreaking research, it will inspire the change our children urgently need.
Every day, thousands of South African children go to school filled with terror because they know they’re going to be bullied. Children who are targeted by bullies are at enormous risk, yet many parents don’t know why it is happening to their child, or what to do about it.
Bully Proof looks at every aspect of bullying, from name-calling, taunting and rumour-mongering to physical assault, and examines why and how bullies behave the way they do, and what can be done to help them and their victims. The more we understand bullying behaviour, the better we can address the underlying causes and put effective controls in place.
Studies have shown that the 'whole school' approach, involving pupils, teachers and parents, is by far the most effective method of reducing incidents of bullying, as well as limiting the potential for future incidents. Implementing an effective anti-bullying campaign is not just about changing the behaviour of a few maladjusted children; it is about changing the philosophy of the entire school.Using a step-by-step approach, this book provides educators, parents, counsellors and children with the tools they need to develop a successful anti-bullying programme.
Thousands of great conversations are in these cards. Terrific for getting classroom discussions off to a running start, and a way to avoid a lull at your next party. Each deck contains 50 cards.
This book draws together research on professional learning communities in schools and teacher education in diverse contexts in South Africa. Each chapter captures the rich and complex nature of professional learning communities, the challenges in developing and maintaining them, and the extent to which they promote successful learning for teachers and changes in teaching practices. The book shows that professional learning communities can promote continuous learning in response to local school and classroom realities and work against 'quick-fix', fragmented workshops for teachers, where learning tends to dissipate. This book should be of interest to teachers, school-leaders, teacher-educators, policymakers and researchers. It represents the first set of research studies in what is a new and growing field in South Africa.
Quality assessment in South African schools is a comprehensive title which provides a balanced view of assessment in terms of the policy statement on assessment for South African schools. Assessment has been a buzzword in education for decades, creating many uncertainties in the teaching environment. One of the principal aims of school teachers is to guide children's learning, evaluate learning programmes and activities, and judge learners' level of achievement. Quality assessment in South African schools provides teachers with a comprehensive explanation of recommended learner assessment guidelines and principles that will help them design and implement sound, meaningful learner assessment strategies. In turn, these strategies will advance the goals of school curricula and the disciplinary objectives of educational institutions.
Managing Academics offers contrasting perspectives of managing others in order to provoke alternative interpretations of academic work, identity, working relationships and scholarship outcomes in higher education institutions (HEIs). The author leverages a novel analytical-empirical approach to challenge the notion that managing others is a unitary, values-free process. This approach raises awareness of managing as a social process in which personal values and identity questions are treated as issues of importance to the manager and managed. Studies of academic values such as identity, professionalism and quality of worklife are integrated with authority, commitment and client-community service concepts developed within the disciplines of psychology and management in a multiple perspectives model. To enable different types of academic work to be valued and enacted simultaneously in HEIs, chapters on hybridity and perspective taking are presented. This innovative book is essential reading for academic managers in universities and colleges. It will also be of great value to academics and research students in business, management and higher education studies, and indeed anyone with an interest in the process of managing professionals.
Students will gain valuable experience and raise their confidence by taking practice tests, learning about test structure, and gaining a deeper understanding of what is tested on the SAT. The Official Study Guide for the New SAT will help students get ready for the SAT with: 4 official SAT practice tests, written in the exact same process and by the same team of authors as the actual exam; detailed descriptions of the math and evidenced based reading and writing sections of the SAT; targeted practice questions for each SAT question type; guidance on the new optional essay, including practice essay questions with sample responses; a review of math concepts tested in the exam; test-taking approaches and suggestions that underscore important points; seamless integration with Khan Academy's free SAT practice resources. There's also a complete chapter on the PSAT/NMSQT.
Bullying is frequently identified as an urgent challenge facing schools today. This title sets out to provide guidelines for school communities on how to: identify bullying in schools; take action to deal with bullying; develop a common approach to deal with bullying; develop positive relationships in the school; promote active learning strategies in the school. Beat bullying is based on the belief that every child and young person has the right to learn in a safe, supportive and respectful environment. The title is divided in two parts? one for teachers and parents, and the other for learners.
Effective school management requires that a school's human, physical and financial resources be managed in an integrated manner towards the ultimate goal of effective teaching and successful learning - an enormous task in today's ever-changing environment. The effective management of a school: towards quality outcomes is about finding coherence between these leadership dimensions in a decentralised school-based management setting. The effective management of a school: towards quality outcomes takes a strategic view of the key aspects of school management while guiding school managers to discover their own unique identities through advancement, development and enrichment. A team of highly experienced authors from a range of South African higher institutions have contributed their expertise and guidance. Management, administration and leadership; Organisational climate and culture of schools; Sexual harassment and relationships within the school; Understanding the nature of change and resistance to it; Dealing constructively with conflict; Managing stress; Approaches to decentralisation. The effective management of a school: towards quality outcomes is aimed at new as well as experienced school leaders.
Teaching Strategies: For Quality Teaching And Learning is a practical guide to quality teaching and learning in South African schools. The book provides an introduction to the principles of effective teaching and learning, with special reference to how these principles can be applied within the framework of South Africa’s National Curriculum Statement Grades R–12.
It gives detailed guidelines for using nine broad teaching strategies that have proven to be effective across all phases of school. The final chapter introduces the principles of quality assessment, and links these to the National Protocol for Assessment Grades R–12.
This book is particularly useful for teacher education students, both as a text for their theoretical studies and as a reference during their practice teaching placements and later teaching careers.
What is White Paper 6 about? How can I follow the curriculum when my learners have such different needs? Can I prepare lessons in such a way that all learners can work toward the same theme and topic, but at different levels? What about assessment and reporting? South Africa's legislative framework embraces the principles of inclusive education, but what does this mean for classroom teachers who need to accommodate the needs of a diverse range of students? And is true inclusivity practised in South African classrooms? Embracing diversity though multi-level teaching: For Foundation, Intermediate and Senior Phase is an empowering resource that demystifies inclusive education. It provides practical suggestions as to how all learners' needs can be accommodated in the classroom. Diversity is viewed as a powerful resource, and this hands-on text provides useful strategies and guidance for teachers, district officials, heads of departments and teacher trainers.
Cognitive neuroscientists are gaining greater insights into how the brain interacts with and learns from the environment. Now David A. Sousa, one of the foremost experts in translating this research into classroom practice, examines the brain-compatible leadership practices that sustain effective teaching and learning. The Leadership Brain provides a new model for a whole-brain approach to educational leadership. Examining what we know about the adult brain, and how to apply these lessons to effective school leadership and team management, this powerful resource provides you with the necessary tools to: Understand the differences in learning and retention, left and right hemispheric preferences, higher-order thinking, and the nature of creativity Initiate and lead productive change within your school Effectively shape and manage school culture Address the call for ethical and spiritual leadership Understand how thinking habits influence our actions, especially with problem solving and conflict resolution Reduce misconceptions about students with disabilities, gifted, and minority students Use information about the influence that modern society has on student learning and their different expectations The Leadership Brain includes valuable self-assessment tools, resources, and practical applications that will help instructional leaders develop a modern, creative, team-centered school where all students and teachers can reach their full potential.
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