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Title:Reaching teachers? Curriculum challenges for distance teacher education in South Africa
Author:Welch, T.
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1814-6627)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:teacher education
distance education
Abstract:The use of distance education methods is essential for the provision of all teacher education in South Africa - not just an option for a few programmes in one or two institutions. For this reason, the challenges of distance teacher education are the major challenges for achieving the goal set out in the National Policy Framework for Teacher Education and Development: 'more teachers, better teachers'. Challenges include increasing the flexibility and location of current teacher education programmes in order to attract and support a more diverse teacher target audience, designing courses to nurture dialogue and integrate learner support, and moving beyond surface change in response to criticism. Finally, although external quality assurance processes are critical in creating a shared understanding of quality standards and the need for change, quality assessment needs to be followed up with support. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]