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Title:A reconnaissance study as a 'sine qua non factor' for status quo change among senior phase technology teachers
Author:Mapotse, Tomé Awshar
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1753-5921)
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2015.1112144
Abstract:This article is based on a preliminary action research (AR) study conducted with selected schools in Limpopo (South Africa). It intends to report on the progress made and research problem identified during the reconnaissance/preliminary study. The aim of this preliminary research is to ascertain whether the findings conform to the main research question of the overall research. The study focused on senior phase Technology teachers at four identified schools, who are teaching grades 8 and 9 in Limpopo. This investigation entailed the administering of a questionnaire, conducting interviews and engaging in an observation activity. This was a small-scale study, for fact-finding purposes, before the main rollout of AR commences. It was evident from the study that teachers lacked capacity to teach Technology as a subject. The teachers lacked Technology pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK) and were not confident in engaging with practical activities, in their assessment of the learners and with compiling Technology learning programmes. These identified challenges serve as the main drive of the study. It is imperative to engage in an emancipatory paradigm or critical theory as a way to intervene in the challenges faced by Technology teachers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]