The use of learning support materials in the rural schools of Maputaland, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Van der Merwe, Michelle (2011) The use of learning support materials in the rural schools of Maputaland, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) was established in 2002 after the discovery of a colony of coelacanths off the Maputaland coast at Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu Natal. The environmental education and awareness sub-programme developed learning support materials (LSM's) for use in schools and the materials were disseminated annually through teacher education workshops. This study aimed to uncover the use of these LSM's in the rural schools of Maputaland. The active learning framework was used to analyse the materials. Collectively, the ACEP materials cover a range of active learning aspects; however alignment with the curriculum has resulted in an increased focus on experiments, accompanied by a loss of environmental content and a narrowing scope for active environmental learning. Workshop questionnaires and four school case studies revealed the patterns of practice of use of materials in schools. The stated use of materials by teachers is not fully realized in the actual classroom practice which centres on learning content and concept definitions. There is no culture of use of materials in the schools following the annual introduction of ACEP materials. It was also found that the marine and coastal knowledge holding power is outside the realm of the teachers' practice and control. The findings of this study come at a time when there is uncertainty over the future of South African education and the curriculum. This research may inform the environmental education and coastal and marine education field as to their role in education and more specifically the development of learning support materials.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Environmental education, South Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Maputaland, African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme, Coelacanthiformes, Teaching aids, Curricula
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
Supervisors:O'Donoghue, R.
ID Code:3819
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:25 Oct 2012 13:24
Last Modified:25 Oct 2012 13:24
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