Diensleer en gemeenskapsverbintenis
Die Fakulteit Opvoedkunde is toegewyd om vaardighede en ondervinding met gemeenskappe te deel. Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid (GB) vanuit die perspektief van hierdie fakulteit behels twee hoofafdelings:
1) diensleer en;
2) gemeenskapsgebaseerde navorsing.
Diensleer is ’n onderrigmetode wat betekenisvolle diens aan die gemeenskap met kurrikulumgebaseerde leer en kritiese nadenke kombineer. Diensleer is ook ’n opvoedkundige aktiwiteit waarin die verwerwing van dissipline-spesifieke kennis verkry word deur praktiese oefeninge wat in die gemeenskap uitgevoer word en wat die evaluering van en nadenke oor houdings en waardes wat studente het, behels.
Diensleer integreer betekenisvolle gemeenskapsdiens met nadenke, wat aan die universiteitstudente ’n gemeenskapsgebaseerde konteks vir hulle leer verskaf en hulle in staat stel om ’n verband tussen hulle akademiese kursuswerk en hulle rolle as kritiese en betrokke burgers te trek.
Diensleerkursusse of -projekte het altyd drie doelwitte:
- 1) om tot die plaaslike mense- en gemeenskapsontwikkeling by te dra;
- 2) om die gehalte van akademiese leer binne die dissipline te verbeter;
- 3) om die leierskaps-/burgerlike/karakterterontwikkeling van studente uit te bou.
Diensleer dra op drie vlakke tot transformasie in hoër onderwys by:
- Transformasie van die verhouding tussen universiteite en gemeenskappe deur samewerking;
- Transformasie van individue en gemeenskappe deur die diensaktiwiteite;
- Transformasie van studente deur hulle te help om hulle persoonlike waardes en interpersoonlike verhoudingsvaardighede te ontwikkel om verantwoordelike burgers te word.
Dit is navorsing wat:
In die gemeenskap geleë is – begin met ’n navorsingsonderwerp van praktiese waarde vir die gemeenskap (teenoor individuele studente) en word binne die gemeenskap uitgevoer.
Samewerkend is – lede van die gemeenskap en navorsers deel die beheer van die navorsingsagenda gelykop deur aktiewe en wedersydse betrokkenheid by die navorsingsontwerp en die implementering en verspreiding van bevindings.
Aksiegeoriënteerd is – die proses en resultate is nuttig vir gemeenskapslede om positiewe maatskaplike verandering te maak en sosiale gelykheid te bevorder.
Gemeenskapsgebaseerde navorsing het die volgende eienskappe:
- Die toepaslikheid van die navorsingsonderwerp word deur gemeenskapslede geïdentifiseer of geverifieer.
- Die hulpbronne van die navorsing (finansieel, kundigheid, ens.) word met die gemeenskapslede gedeel, veral met diegene wat die meeste deur die navorsingsonderwerp geraak word.
- Die navorsingsproses erken en benut die kundigheid wat gemeenskapslede het.
- Die navorsingsproses erken en hanteer magswanbalanse tussen navorsers en gemeenskapslede.
- Die navorsingsproses word gedryf deur waardes, insluitende bemagtiging, ondersteunende verhoudings, maatskaplike verandering, leer as deurlopende proses en respek vir diversiteit.
- Die navorsingsproses en resultate is vir gemeenskapslede toeganklik en verstaanbaar.
- Die navorsingsproses en resultate dink na oor die konteks waarin die navorsing uitgevoer word en pas daarby aan.
- Die navorsingsproses lei tot volhoubare leer en ontwikkeling van gemeenskapslede.
Center for Education leadership development and Support (CELDS)
Prof Lloyd Conly
Centre in support of school leadership in practice and the building CoP's and networks.
Movement Education to pre-school learners
Dr Dorita Du Toit
Foundation phase students in the LSKP 311 module provide human body educational lesson to a pre-school (Assjassies Pre-school). The aim of the project is practical training of students as well as educating learners and educators regarding life orientation lessons
Support to learners with special needs
Prof Lukas Meyer
In line with the Partnerships of Hope agreement between the Faculty of Education Sciences and the Kenneth Kaunda District, Bed Hons students (EPSY611) in Educational Psychology render psychological counselling to learners at ES le Grange, Die Wilge schools and Seiphemelo Secondary School. These students work under the supervision of registered psychologists in the subject group Educational Psychology and their practical involvement at these schools forms part of the practical programme which is prescribed by the Professional Board of Psychology.
Holistic well-being support initiative in South African schools
Dr Ansie Kitching
The engagement is aimed at implementing an integrated, multi-level process to facilitate sustainable holistic well-being in six schools in Franschhoek and 3 schools in Delft in the Western Cape. Well-being support teams have been established in these school and are supported by the project team. The intention is to develop a basis for roll-out to other South African schools. The engagement is also part of an NRF funded research project.
Luniko: A collaboratively constructed program to promote parental involvement in the education of their primary school children
Prof Lesley Wood
Twenty-one years into democracy in South Africa, access to quality education still eludes those who cannot afford to pay for it. The socio-economic adversities facing the communities in which schools are situated play a large role in their dysfunction. Yet, within such communities there is also a wealth of human resources that can add real value to the quality of teaching and learning. The purpose of this project is to develop community members as teaching assistants, who will work hand in hand with teachers to develop a culturally and contextually relevant programme to empower parents/guardians to partner with the school in the education of their children. An action research design, using a qualitative approach to data generation and analysis, will ensure the participation of all stakeholders in the design, implementation and evaluation of the programme. The development of such a programme will help to improve parental involvement, as well as equip unemployed community members with skills that will improve their chance of formal employment and enhance personal development.
Action research for community engagement by tertiary institutions: Beyond Service Learning
Prof Lesley Wood
Community engagement is a core function of the university in South Africa. In the field of education, this imperative obliges academics to work with school communities to address the many social challenges that impact negatively on teaching and learning. Although poverty and inequality are important determinants for lack of educational success, little is known about how such barriers to learning should and could be addressed by academics. There is thus a need to develop both capacity among academics for community engagement and to generate knowledge on how this could be done in a way that meets both research and community development needs. Participatory action research is a creative, innovative, collaborative and self-developed way to work with communities, based on democratic values that promote the taking of responsibility for outcomes that benefit mutual interests. This study proposes to explore the usefulness of participatory action research, as a methodology for community engagement, by conducting a meta-analysis of the process to develop grounded theory about the practices and dynamics of community engagement by tertiary researchers. The outputs of this research will describe how relevant and contextualised knowledge can be created in collaboration with communities and provide grounded theory that will contribute to the emerging field of community engagement at tertiary level
Environmental education for sustainable development (EE for SD) within South African schools
Dr Luiza De Sousa
The purpose of the project remains the same as the initial project in that it aims to:
- Empower teaching staff to facilitate and educate learners and the greater community about climate change resilience so as to sustainably conserve the school and community resources.
- Facilitate schools to develop a strategy and to raise awareness about the need of environmental preservation amongst teachers, learners and the community.
- Promote academic discourses and research opportunities on sustainable development in higher education through the research projects and to publish original research pertaining to the climate change resilience project.
- To develop a body of scholarship in this research domain.
Potchefstroom Hospital Student Counsellor Project
Dr Lynn Preston
BEd Honours students provide psycho-educational counselling support and general counselling services to hospital patients in order to promote mental health at the district hospital
AFRD students teach Afrikaans as additional language to Setswana learners
Dr Ronel van Oort
WIL training does not provide adequate exposure for the Afrikaans methodology student with regard to the teaching Afrikaans as second additional language. This project provides students with the opportunity for more practical teaching outside the classroom.
AFRD methodology students teach learners at a local farm school on Friday afternoons around various themes of Afrikaans. This partnership provides equal satisfaction to both parties identified needs. The project extends beyond just the teaching of Afrikaans as additional language as the students also provide stationary and applicable study material to the learners.
Practical Research for English BEdHons students
Dr Kotie Kaiser
The English Department would like to expose their BEd Hons class to practical community-based research for the module RSPR 671. The aim of this project is to:
- build a corpus of general English academic, domain-specific and technical vocabulary in Mathematics and Science for Grade 4;
- design materials to aid Grade 4 English Second Language (ESL) learners in the acquisition of vocabulary in Mathematics and Science classrooms;
- teach English vocabulary, reading and writing across the curriculum to Grade 4 learners
Ikageng School Mentoring Project
Me Susan Greyling / Distance Learning academic staff
This project aims to mentor teachers at five different schools in Potchefstroom and Ikageng. It comprises of three components: Teaching and Learning, Professional Development and Research. The first component of Teaching and Learning is tuition via Interactive Whiteboard in Mathematics and Geography. Professional Development is the second component, and the focus here is on mentorship. Up to now this has been dealt with on a one-on-one basis, but the focus will now move to a workshop approach. Research is the third focus and will be executed on the managing of the data into academic outputs.
This project has been coordinated by Prof Willem van Vollenhoven with staff from the Unit for Open Distance Learning. They will continue with this project which is now under coordination of Ms Susan Greyling.
The purpose of the project is to:
- reach out to the school community;
- to implement and share expertise by extending the production, dissemination, integration and application of knowledge and technology;
- to refine teaching, learning and leadership capacity within the five identified schools;
- to have an impact on whole school development;
- to create and maintain good relationships between the NWU as higher education institution and basic education providers;
- to conduct action research and embark on other research possibilities and publications thereof, and to put structures in place for the sustainability of effective processes.
Exploring Children’s Narratives of HIV/AIDS through Creative and Expressive Arts
Dr Tarsisio Nyatsanza
The aim of this projects is:
- To encourage anti-discriminatory, anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-stigma attitudes regarding HIV/AIDS in South African communities
- To develop critical research skills that engage learners, teachers and teacher educators in order for them to develop a deeper, broader, emancipatory and nuanced understanding of HIV/AIDS beyond a bio-medical approach that takes cognisance of the complexity and intersectionality of the discourses that underpin HIV/AIDS.
- To influence best policy and practice of HIV education on local and national levels by disseminating the outcomes of the study to appropriate target audiences
- To co-produce sustainable and contextually relevant curriculum resources for HIV education in South Africa
- To share research findings with local and international academics, communities and other stakeholders through the dissemination of scholarly work.