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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author McBride, Charlotte
URN etd-02092006-090413
Document Title The effect of USA-based meteorological workshops on the self-image and professional practice of South African teachers
Degree MSc (Science Education)
Department Geography, Geo-Informatics and Meteorology
Advisor Name Title
Prof J M Rogan
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Date 2005-01-21
Availability unrestricted
This study was designed to investigate teachers’ success in implementing an innovative programme

(Project Atmosphere). It also investigates teachers’ perceptions of self-efficacy, teacher-efficacy

and teacher-perceived value of the programme. Factors related to the congruence, cost and

importance of implementing the activities obtained on the Project Atmosphere workshop were also

investigated to investigate whether or not participants implemented what they had learnt on the

programme. Data were gathered through questionnaires and interviews with seven teachers and

teacher trainers who had previously attended Project Atmosphere. This research showed that

these participants were enthusiastic about the workshop and wanted to share what they had learnt

with other teachers. They also felt that the workshop had improved their understanding of

meteorological processes and that the activities obtained at the workshop would go a long way to

improving learners’ understanding of these concepts too. Recommendations in terms of setting-up

a similar programme in South Africa are made in this study.

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