The role of school-based studies in developing reflective practice at a Namibian College of Education

Kapalu, Henry (2007) The role of school-based studies in developing reflective practice at a Namibian College of Education. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This investigation looks at the role played by school-based studies in the development of reflective practice among student teachers at a Namibian college of education. Literature reviewed indicates that reflective practice helps teachers continually grow and enhance their professional insights and practices. The study focused on the perceptions and experiences of a group of teacher educators, support teachers and student teachers involved in a particular teacher education programme. A case study was chosen, and built up using an interpretive paradigm. This enabled the researcher to make meaning of information often taken for granted. Triangulation was used to ensure the development of as broad and authentic a picture of the case as possible. Key findings reveal that despite claims that Namibia’s three-year Basic Education Teacher Diploma programme (BETD) is explicitly designed to facilitate the development of critical reflective and reflexive practice in student teachers, the way in which aspects of the programme are implemented frequently undermines this design intention. A lack of careful and explicit mentoring on the importance of reflection for enhancing teaching, plus a measure of distrust between student teachers and teacher educators prevents college students from fully exploiting the opportunities afforded by school-based studies for the development of reflective skills.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Training of teachers, Namibia, Educational change, Curriculum planning, Higher education, Universities and colleges
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2707
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:25 Apr 2012 10:32
Last Modified:25 Apr 2012 10:32
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