A participatory process toward a critical discourse: English second language teachers in South Africa

Abrahams, Mark Anthony (1991) A participatory process toward a critical discourse: English second language teachers in South Africa. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study involves six English Second Language Teachers working in two different Education Departments responsible for the education of Blacks in South Africa. The teachers participated in a Participatory Research process towards developing a critical discourse in materials development for classroom use. -- This thesis is divided into two parts. The first describes an exploratory process in which the participants responded to specific research questions through a procedure of general reflection on teacher work and environment and a more specific investigation of language in education and teachers in society. At the end of this process, the participants were asked to focus on particular models of materials development. -- The research is located within the National Education Coordinating Committee in South Africa which was established to investigate and develop a People's Education which would respond to the educational needs of all the people in the country. -- The second section of the thesis evaluates and reflects on the extent to which the participants were able to develop a critical discourse. It comments more generally on the use of Participatory Research as a research methodology and considers short-term and long-term implications for further research. This thesis contributes to notions of participatory research and to the analytical capacity of the participants.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/4994
Item ID: 4994
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 241-247.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1991
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: South Africa
Library of Congress Subject Heading: English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Education--South Africa; Blacks--Education--South Africa

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