Comparative education in primary teacher education in Ireland and South Africa

O'Sullivan, Margo C. and Wolhuter, Charl C. and Maarman, Ruaan F. (2010) Comparative education in primary teacher education in Ireland and South Africa. Teaching & Teacher Education, 26 (4). pp. 775-785. ISSN 0742051X

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Abstract

Comparative Education as a subject or course on teacher education curricula mainly continues to be taught in Ireland, some African and East European countries and a few colleges in Ireland, the UK and several universities in the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Latin America and Australia. This research compares Irish and South African students' experiences of their Comparative Education courses. The article commences with a survey of literature on the position of Comparative Education in teacher education, a portrayal of the contextual background of South Africa and of Ireland, and a brief synopsis of the pre-course survey of students' expectations, upon which this study builds. Subsequently the research method is explained and the results presented. Three findings emerged from this study. The first is the valuable role of Comparative Education in teacher education. The second is the role of contextual factors in determining the significance of Comparative Education in teacher education. Thirdly, the centrality of clients (i.e. students) is critical to the future of Comparative Education in teacher education. [Copyright &y& Elsevier]; Copyright of Teaching & Teacher Education is the property of Pergamon Press - An Imprint of Elsevier Science and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: O'Sullivan, Margo C. 1; Email Address: margoosullivan@eircom.net Wolhuter, Charl C. 2; Email Address: Charl.wolhuter@nwu.ac.za Maarman, Ruaan F. 3; Email Address: soorfm@puk.ac.za; Affiliation: 1: Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland 2: North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa 3: University of The Western Cape, South Africa; Source Info: May2010, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p775; Subject Term: COMPARATIVE education; Subject Term: EDUCATION -- Research -- Methodology; Subject Term: TEACHERS -- Training of; Subject Term: EDUCATION -- Research; Subject Term: PHILOSOPHY; Subject Term: TEACHERS colleges; Subject Term: CURRICULA; Subject Term: IRELAND; Subject Term: SOUTH Africa; Author-Supplied Keyword: Client centrality; Author-Supplied Keyword: Comparative Education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Context; Author-Supplied Keyword: Primary teacher education; Number of Pages: 11p; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COMPARATIVE education; EDUCATION -- Research -- Methodology; TEACHERS -- Training of; EDUCATION -- Research; PHILOSOPHY; TEACHERS colleges; CURRICULA; IRELAND; SOUTH Africa; Client centrality; Context; Primary teacher education
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 08:20
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 19:53
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3288

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