A Psycho-Social Approach to School Development
Developing effective schools which provide relevant, meaning-filled, quality education in South Africa today is a daunting task. Since apartheid was dismantled, the educational environment of many schools is still rife with the structural inequalities and challenges that form part of apartheid’s legacy. And in the current South African educational system, enabling policy frameworks only go so far in creating a meaningful school environment.
This updated edition of The Learning School offers educators insights, guidelines and a holistic perspective on how to engage with the development of a school, using a psycho-social approach. It emphasises the importance of teachers having a sense of purpose and belonging in education; that teaching and learning can make a difference; and the crucial role teaching and learning can play as a healing force in society. It stresses that real and lasting change in schools can only happen through the passion and commitment of educators over a sustained period of time.
Chapter 1: Schools in context
Chapter 2: A framework for understanding and developing schools
Chapter 3: Understanding school development
Chapter 4: Leadership, management and governance
Chapter 5: Culture
Chapter 6: Identity
Chapter 7: Strategy
Chapter 8: Structures and procedures
Chapter 9: Technical support
Chapter 10: People support and development
Chapter 11: Last reflections
The Learning School is a stimulating and essential handbook for principals, teachers, district support practitioners and others interested in the holistic development of schools, particularly within a developing context such as South Africa.
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