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  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Learning Areas Course: Learning in the World. Umthamo 5: 'A Collective Consciousness': Cluster Development Within the District

    Lo mthamo asks you to take whole school development out into the broader context of the community of schools in your district. We have spoken, in the Schools as Learning Communities strand, of 'Schools as Learning Organisations', of 'Learning Schools', of School Improvement', Whole School Development' and 'Healing the System'. All these have been approaches to developing our schools into '...

  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Learning Areas Course: Learning in the World. Umthato 3: What is Curriculum?

    There are a number of ways of looking at curriculum and the issues central to thinking about curriculum and what and how learners should learn. In lo mthamo, we will ask you to look at curriculum by examining what you do in your classroom. You will also look at curriculum by reading about syllabi, and by analysing part of a textbook. You will have an opportunity to think about the kinds of...

  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Learning Areas Course: Learning in the World. Umthato 1: The Role of Education

    In this strand we move beyond the school. We look at how education, learning, learners, teachers and schools fit within the larger society. Our main goal in all this is to develop an idea of what different people think about the purposes and importance of education: people in our schools, in our communities and beyond. More importantly, however, we also want to revisit our own thinking on...

  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Education Studies Course: Helping Learners Learn. Umthamo 6: Supporting One Another in an Inclusive Classroom

    This umthamo offers you the opportunity to look at how 'inclusive' your classroom is, and to try to make it more 'inclusive'. * Does your classroom welcome all kinds of learners, or does it favour some more than others? * Does your classroom atmosphere help each learner to feel that he or she 'belongs', and has a part to play in the activities, even if he or she is not academically...

  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Education Studies Course: Helping Learners Learn. Umthamo 5: Negotiating the Curriculum

    This umthamo connects with and expands upon the imithamo on Curriculum and also on many other imithamo in other strands of the course. However, the authors believe that curriculum is the actual day-to-day activities of l earners and teachers constructing knowledge together. This takes place within their specific context, based on certain values, beliefs and principles. It may be guided by...

  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Education Studies Course: Helping Learners Learn. Umthamo 4: Independent Learning in a 'Resourceful' Classroom

    In this umthamo, we will consider ways of making sure that there are 'resources' in our classrooms from which learners can learn independently, without direct supervision from the educator.

  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Education Studies Course: Helping Learners Learn. Umthamo 4: Groupwork

    In this umthamo, we will think about, and try out, ways of organising learners into groups in the classroom, in order to help them to learn more actively and effectively along these lines.

  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Education Studies Course: Helping Learners Learn. Umthamo 3: The Languages of Learning and Teaching

    In lo mthamo, teachers will look more closely at the languages you use in your classroom. These are called the Languages of Learning and Teaching (LOLT). The term previously used was 'medium of instruction'. Discussion will be held as to which language is the LOLT which helps learners to learn best.

  • University of Fort Hare Distance Education Project. Core Education Studies Course: Helping Learners Learn. Umthamo 1: Classroom Management: Group Work

    In this Iomthamo, learners will think about, and try out, ways of organising learners into groups in the classroom, in order to help them to learn more actively and effectively. When teachers have completed Iomthamo, they should be able to: * Plan an activity involving small group work; * Organise and implement the activity; * Critically evaluate what happened and why it happened.

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