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Title:Clustering schools to improve teacher professional development: lessons learnt from a Zimbabwean case study
Authors:Delport, Alette
Makaye, JeriphanosISNI
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1814-6627)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:teacher education
educational management
capacity building
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18146620902857608
Abstract:Much still needs to be done to transform schooling in South Africa and provide education of equal quality to all learners. The notion of encouraging close collaboration between schools is widely accepted as a possible strategy to improve the quality of schooling in a particular geographical area. In this article, the authors discuss research conducted on the implementation of the Better Schools Programme cluster in Zimbabwe (BSPZ), a system of inter-school collaboration aiming at improving the quality of teaching and learning at the member schools. One of the primary objectives was to enhance teachers' professional development by means of the establishment of professional infrastructure. Despite the shortcomings highlighted, the exploratory study brings to the fore potential advantages of school clusters as a type of formalized school collaboration which can indeed promote quality and equality in the South African schooling system. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]