Implementing a resource based inset programme: a case study of natural science teachers

Dharsey, Zorina (2007-03)

Thesis (MEd (Curriculum Studies))--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.


This thesis analyses the potential of resource materials to facilitate NCS (National Curriculum Statement) curriculum development processes related to the teaching of Natural Science in the Primary School. The resource, We Care learning support materials, was presented to teachers within the context of an INSET programme. During the course of investigating two teachers’ curricular activities as they engaged the We Care materials, their professional development is traced as an outcome that parallels their curriculum activities. Case study research, consistent with the interpretive paradigm, served this study. With respect to the evidence acquired, the curriculum development activities and associated indications of teacher learning were scrutinized concomitantly. Working within a guiding framework, I chronicled the teachers’ involvement with the We Care learning support materials and detailed their curricular processes. At the same time, I monitored indications of professional development that associated with these processes. Likewise, professional development indicators were used to establish teacher learning.

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