Molose, Vivian Innotantia (2000) Materials in flexible learning teacher education courses in environmental education : an evaluative case study. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.
The study aimed at researching the role of materials in flexible learning teacher education courses, specifically looking at the Eastern Cape Teacher Course as a case study. The research aimed at exploring how courses and materials were developed, selected, used and adapted or redeveloped so as to support the course orientation and the intended outcomes. I did this with the hope that my research might inform the process of improving the role of course materials in flexible learning teacher education courses. I did a naturalistic enquiry within which I interviewed 39 participants (teachers and teacher educators) and two course co-ordinators. I also analysed documents such as the course materials, nine participants' journals and seven of their assignments. The observation notes compiled during the early days of the course were not used as a main source of data but as support to data sources mentioned above. Questionnaires were handed out to all the course participants, i.e. course co-ordinators, tutors and student participants. The questionnaires were intended as a means for pre interview and post interview reflection for interviewees. Through this research, I have learnt a lot about the role of materials in professional development courses, including the importance of mediation of materials and their overt use during course sessions, the importance of providing and encouraging a culture of reading through time allocation during contact sessions, through discussions on materials, and also through providing orientating comm~nts on materials rather than just handing them out to participants. Readings that are more focussed do better to motivate participants to interact with them.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Environmental education|
|Subjects:||L Education > L Education (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education|
|Deposited By:||Mrs Carol Perold|
|Deposited On:||08 Feb 2012 13:05|
|Last Modified:||08 Feb 2012 13:05|
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