The potential of the township landscape for fieldwork in the teaching of senior secondary school geography: a case study in Duncan Village/Gompo, East London

King, Llewellyn (1994) The potential of the township landscape for fieldwork in the teaching of senior secondary school geography: a case study in Duncan Village/Gompo, East London. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The research emerged out of a need to address firsthand classroom concerns. The problem identified was that the D.E.T. geography syllabus had a Western-orientated world-view and, as such, was largely inappropriate to the experiences of township pupils. As a result, education in townships tends to maintain the status quo and the marginal position of the majority of South Africans. Recent unpublished research has shown that fieldwork is an effective compensatory tool. If fieldwork is used in the township , it can utilize the local environment which is familiar to pupils. Fieldwork, as an approach, has an additional advantage of being a vehicle for the empowerment of users. The research sets out to explore the potential of the township environment as a site in which fieldwork can be undertaken. Numerous opportunities are identified and these have been developed into fieldwork exercises. Out of the preparatory work, a need arose to establish the viability of doing township fieldwork. The concern is that, in spite of fieldwork appearing in the secondary school syllabus for a number of years, it is a largely unexplored teaching approach. This necessitated the testing and evaluation of fieldwork opportunities in the township environment. The chaotic conditions of township education impinged upon the research process, causing its premature termination. The latter part of the research process raises questions of an ethical nature. Notwithstanding these problems, several positive factors emerge; the negative aspects should not be allowed to overshadow the benefits of the research. An emancipatory action research framework is used to evaluate the research process. The study concludes by highlighting the main issues raised in the research and makes recommendations concerning topics requiring further investigation.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Education, Geography, Township, Duncan Village, Gompo, East London, South Africa, Students, Fieldwork, Local environment, Empowerment, Secondary school, Syllabus, Ethics
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:Van Harmelen, U.A.
ID Code:3759
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:23 Oct 2012 12:14
Last Modified:23 Oct 2012 12:14
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