Creating People-Centred Schools: School Organization and Change in South Africa

Ndhlovu, T. (Themba) ; Bertram, C. (Carol) ; Mthiyane, N. (Nonhlanhla)


This module deals with school organizational change and development to provide the context in which systematic learning takes place, particularly in developing countries. It is designed for practising classroom teachers as well for those who play a role in school management. The module is likely to be most appropriate for practising teachers, and is potentially useful but probably not essential for introducing teachers-to-be to different kinds of organizational contexts. The focus on South Africa is easily adaptable to other contexts as the use of ideas and issues from the literature provide a common thread across all schools. The four sections of Creating People-centred Schools present a coherent progression. However, each section is downloadable as an individual unit. Learning Guide 1. Section One: Introducing the module This introduction provides a rationale for the module, as well as its structure and content. We read how the writers intended the module to be used. 2. Section Two: School organization: a brief history This provides an overview of organizational styles and the importance of cultures as well as structures in organizational models and change. 3. Section Three: New contexts, new policies: new schools? Beginning with a focus on South Africa, this section provides valuable coverage of approaches to school ‘effectiveness’ and school ‘improvement’. We learn more about schools as learning organizations. 4. Section Four: Changing schools Ideas on understanding change are taken forward into approaches to leading and managing change. School-as-organization approaches are compared with the school-as-community approach.

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South African Institute for Distance Education

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