Towards a broader socio-ecological education : a case study of school based curricular reform

Cimma, Gary Martin (2002) Towards a broader socio-ecological education : a case study of school based curricular reform. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




This work documents and analyses an action research project that the researcher undertook in conjunction with colleagues at an independent Catholic high school in Johannesburg. The main objective was to try to expand the existing curriculum in operation at the time of starting the research to one, which was more socio-ecologically sensitive. One of the key references during the action research was the recently drafted ‘Vision Statement’ document, which detailed the educational ideals of the school. Some of the key findings that emerged as the research proceeded, were that the levels of socio-ecological sensitivity displayed by the learners were influenced by the backgrounds from which they came, and that these background environments were often not comfortable with the changes taking place in the educational and greater South African environments. The Participatory Action Research mode of research which was used proved to be problematic in that only a handful of the educators actually got involved in participating in the project. The failure of many of educators to get involved was, in the opinion of the researcher, due to their lack of understanding how important the development of social and ecological sensitivity are to the necessary change capacity required in present day South African society. The need to be involved in the ongoing development of curriculum as required by Curriculum 2005 as a form of Outcomes Based Education was also problematic as some educators were not familiar with their role in this regard. The limited time-span of the research was also a limiting factor as the development of a socio-ecologically sensitive curriculum required changes in some fundamental attitudes and approaches to education and the environment.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Action research in education, Environmental education - South Africa, Competency-based education - South Africa, Environmental education - Curricula - South Africa
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education
ID Code:1964
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:27 Jun 2011 10:30
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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