Managing Curriculum in South African Schools

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“All South Africans must now unite and join hands and say we are one country, one nation, one people, marching together into the future.” Nelson Mandela

The introduction of Curriculum 2005 and Outcomes Based Education mark both a sea change in the way in which education is offered in schools, and a challenge to all involved.

This book considers the main issues in curriculum management as education switches to a more devolved framework. Key concepts and principles are analysed which can then be applied to specific contexts. Case examples are given, providing practical illustrations of how individual schools are managing aspects of the curriculum. Activities are included to encourage reflective practice and provide opportunities for personal development.



The Role of Curriculum Middle Managers

The conclusion to chapter 1 drew attention to several critical issues that are implicit in the curriculum changes occurring in South Africa. One of these is the need to provide leadership in developing and implementing the new national curriculum at a range of different levels of the education system. While leadership is often identified at the level of the head of a school, the level that is likely to have the greatest impact on learning and teaching in the classroom is actually that of the curriculum middle manager.


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