Participants’ perceptions of the implementation of the MASTEC project, a school improvement project in the Limpopo province of South Africa

Phewa, Molly Cynthia Nombulelo (2010) Participants’ perceptions of the implementation of the MASTEC project, a school improvement project in the Limpopo province of South Africa. EdD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

The research reported in this thesis was an exploration of the perceptions and lived experiences of participants in the Mathematics, Science and Technology Education College (MASTEC) project, a school improvement project in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The MASTEC project was introduced with the aim of improving provision of both experienced teachers’ in-service training (INSET) and potential teachers’ pre-service training (PRESET). This study sought to examine teacher educators’ and school teachers’ perceptions of issues relating to the implementation of MASTEC in the different contexts of its participant schools.

A phenomenological methodological framework was employed and the research design comprised of multiple qualitative methods of data generation, namely focus group discussions, participant observation and document examination.

Amongst the key findings emerging from the study a number of benefits of MASTEC were identified for the participating schools and for individual participants. These related to the upgrading of some schools’ infrastructure and teachers’ development of more innovative teaching and planning skills.

However, the programme was reported to have worked better for some schools than others, and this may well speak to the different contexts in which it was implemented. This assertion is corroborated by what the participants reported as some of the main limitations of this project, namely:

• the manner in which the project was implemented led to its failure in some secondary schools as opposed to others;

• the programme was reported as being more successful in primary schools than in secondary schools.

This research has identified several implications for policy-making, further research and practice. For example, it is recommended that national guidelines for the development, implementation and evaluation of school improvement programmes, adaptable for specific contexts, be developed at policy level in an attempt to ensure that such programmes address the transformational needs of the South African education system.

Item Type:Thesis (EdD)
Supervisors:Hobson, A. J.
Faculties/Schools:UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
ID Code:1286
Deposited By:Mrs Molly Cynthia Nombulelo Phewa
Deposited On:01 Dec 2010 13:07
Last Modified:01 Dec 2010 13:07

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