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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Mtetwa, Albert Charles
URN etd-03042004-141957
Document Title Has it happened in Mpumalanga? An evaluation of the implementation of Curriculum 2005
Degree MA (Research Psychology)
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Prof C A Potgieter
  • natural science
  • curriculum implementer
  • outcomes-based education (OBE/C2005)
  • innovation
  • learning programme
  • specific outcomes
  • educator
  • senior phase
  • programme organizer
  • assessment criteria
Date 2003-03-10
Availability unrestricted
Since 1997, curriculum implementation was introduced in South African schools. A timetable was given to all schools to implement C2005 in each grade for each year. The study had attempted to identify major factors that hindered or promoted the implementation of C2005 in two schools in Mpumalanga. A case study was conducted where one learning area, namely, natural science was investigated. Each school was visited for an entire week by the researcher. During the visit, the researcher conducted individual interviews with principal, two science teachers and two focus group interviews composed of five learners. Observations of natural science lesson were made of which two of them were recorded on video camera for further analysis. Practices, which were captured in classes, were compared to Rogan and Grayson (2001) model of curriculum implementation. In the final analysis, the study compiled a profile for each school. Both schools rated poorly (level one) in the implementation of C2005. The capacity to support innovation was poor in one school. The study also found that teachers in their attempt to implement C2005 were actually moving from 'frying pan into fire'. Lack of resources and intensive training was creating stress and making most of teachers want to leave the profession. Recommendations were also provided by the study for short and long-term considerations.
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