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Title:The educational past and the preparation of South African teachers
Author:Randall, P.ISNI
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:black education
teacher education
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10131758985310031
Abstract:Early teaching education in South Africa made little attempt to provide more than mere practical training. After the introduction of Bantu education in the 1950s, there was little need for a radical restructuring of the African teacher education curriculum. In the present process of transition, one may assume that the teacher education curriculum will be reviewed. However, the opportunities for curricular development are limited. What is now required in South Africa are programmes that are not concerned with reinforcing the present model of apartheid education, but are innovative in character, aimed at both quality and relevance. The history of education has to be part of the necessary theoretical training of teachers, notably the history of the recent past. At the English language universities, little attention is given to the history of education at the higher degree level and consequently little original research is done. The great majority of student teachers are following the one-year postgraduate diploma course. This short duration makes a proper and detailed study of the history of education impossible. In the four-year professional degree courses there is more opportunity for a treatment of the history of education and curriculum planning here can allow, for example, for an introduction into historical research methods, the implications of the rise of mass schooling and the educational experiences of other African countries. Bibliogr., notes, ref.