Beginner teachers’ experiences of transdisciplinary demands of a school curriculum

Show simple item record Woest, Yolandi 2019-05-20T09:28:21Z 2019-05-20T09:28:21Z 2018-11-13
dc.description.abstract This article focuses on the experiences of beginner teachers of the transdisciplinary demands evident in school curricula. A detailed inductive thematic analysis of open-ended interviews with ten beginner teachers from socially diverse South African schools provided rich data on their experiences of these demands. Rapid changes in the South African school curriculum since 1994 are discussed against the backdrop of participants’ real lived experience during their first three years of teaching and are posed as main reason for transdisciplinary demands on beginner teachers. Despite the socio-economic differences between schools, all participants experienced the same cognitive and emotional dissonance during their first years of teaching. All participants’ related experiences of heightened levels of confusion, fear of failure to meet demands of school management teams, frustration of not being able to effectively teach subjects for which they had been trained and concern about the influence of their lack of knowledge in unfamiliar subjects on learners. Drawing on the concept of an ‘ideal’ transdisciplinary approach, this article explores the ways in which transdisciplinary demands within the transitional space of the state of the South African educational system compound challenges faced by beginner teachers. Recommendations for tertiary teacher training programmes are briefly suggested in the conclusion. en_ZA
dc.description.department Humanities Education en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Woest, Y., 2018, ‘Beginner teachers’ experiences of transdisciplinary demands of a school curriculum’, The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa 14(2), a488. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2415-2005 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/td.v14i2.488
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Beginner teachers en_ZA
dc.subject School curricula en_ZA
dc.subject South African schools en_ZA
dc.title Beginner teachers’ experiences of transdisciplinary demands of a school curriculum en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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