Transformative Learning Community: A Case Study of Two Township Schools

Professor Roland Pourdavood,
Dr Nicole Carignan,
Nosisi Feza,
Lonnie King
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In the South African context, there is limited research about school leadership in poor communities. There are many unheard stories regarding the lives of school actors. Despite uncertainty about future, some of these schools have not given up their hope for better future. The intent of this study was to unfold one of such stories by describing two grade R-7 schools in the same township area facing multiple social and economical dilemmas. Both schools had similar infrastructure such as poor facilities, lack of resources, and inadequate classrooms. The study investigated the challenges facing these two schools, how the schools communities coped with them, and what leadership strategies they used for problem solving. In addition, for capturing leadership strategies in the context of classroom, the study examined the relationship between the schools educators' priorities and mathematics teaching and learning.

Keywords: Transformative Leadership, School and Community Relationship, Mathematics Education, Teaching and Learning
Stream: Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Transformative Learning Community

Professor Roland Pourdavood

Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Cleveland State University

Dr Nicole Carignan

Associate Professor Mathematics Education, Department of Specialized Education, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)

Nosisi Feza

Affiliation not supplied
South Africa

Lonnie King

Affiliation not supplied

Ref: L05P0176