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Title:Didactics or educational sciences: curriculum and instruction and the search for an alternative paradigm for effective schools in a new South Africa
Author:Dzvimbo, K.P.
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:educational policy
teaching methods
Educational sciences
Curriculum planning
Quality of education
Abstract:The main focus of this paper is discussion of didactics in the context of a new South Africa. Didactics is seen as both a science and a discipline. The paper argues that education in a new South Africa is a contested terrain. Therefore, there is a need for a new paradigm in the pedagogy of South African schools. That pedagogy should be reflective, liberatory, and emancipatory so as to enable both teachers and pupils to be active and reflective practitioners in the teaching and learning process. The focus of the new didactics should be on re-establishing a culture of teaching and learning in South African schools. The paper also discusses the concept of school effectiveness in the context of a new South Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.