Teacher Preparation in South Africa: History, Policy and Future Directions

Linda Chisholm
University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Product Details
09 Oct 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
288 pages - 152 x 229mm
Emerald Studies in Teacher Preparation in National and Global Contexts


South Africa's transition to democracy has seen massive changes in the field of teacher education aimed at integrating its previously raced and gendered character. This book provides a comprehensive historical overview and relational understanding of the patterns of teacher preparation supporting South Africa's unequal formal education system. It shows how emerging patterns, policies and pedagogies were deeply entangled with the country's position within a broader international and colonial order as well as with dominant national political and economic social frameworks. 
Using rich archival and oral evidence, this book illuminates how successive policies restricted and enabled access to different institutions, while differentiated curricula prepared teachers to teach students intended to play different roles in a society marked by class, race and gender division. It explores the location and control of teacher provision for black and white teachers provided by mission societies and the state in colleges and universities. Post-apartheid governments sought to reverse entrenched racial legacies in education through closure of the colleges and incorporation of teacher preparation into universities, altered admission criteria and new curricula. These have resulted in new tensions which have arisen in relation to a world of competing pressures on universities and teachers. By shedding new light on these tensions from a historical perspective, this book will prove an invaluable resource for education leaders and researchers in the field of global and comparative education.
Part One
Chapter 1. Early Forms of Teacher Preparation at the Cape
Chapter 2. Teacher Preparation in Nineteenth Century South Africa: Colonial Dimensions
Chapter 3. Industrialisation, war and the rise of the Training Institute
Part Two
Chapter 4. Union, Segregation and the Decline of the Pupil-Teacher System, 1910-1920
Chapter 5. Consolidating Segregation: Regulating Access, 1920-1945 
Chapter 6. Consolidating Segregation: Curriculum and Pedagogy, 1920-1945
Part Three 
Chapter 7. Apartheid and the Repositioning of Teacher Preparation, 1948-1959
Chapter 8. Teacher Preparation during 'High Apartheid', 1959-1976
Chapter 9. Expanding Provision in an Unravelling System, 1976-1990
Part Four
Chapter 10. Dismantling and Reconfiguring the System, 1994-2018 Conclusion
Linda Chisholm is a Professor in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation of the Education Faculty at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She has published widely on the historical, contemporary and comparative aspects of education policy and curriculum in South Africa and the region. Her most recent book is Between Worlds: German Missionaries and the Transition from Mission to Bantu Education (Wits Press, 2017).

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