A Qualitative Perspective on Student Teachers’ Experiences of Social Science Teaching and Learning in South African Multicultural Classrooms (75768)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Tanes Tanitteerapan

Thursday, 23 November 2023 09:25
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 607
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This qualitative study is an investigation of final years Social Science education students’ perceptions of Social Science teaching and learning in South African multicultural classrooms. The current South African schooling landscape is of a multicultural setting, where learners from different racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds are admitted. This study seeks to ascertain the perceptions of student teacher’s engagement with diverse learners in Social Science multicultural classroom and the influence it has on the teaching and learning project. Through a qualitative research methodology, data was gathered from Focus Group Discussion (FGD) sessions with three groups of five teacher education students from the same race, in their final year, specializing in Social Science teaching. The results of the study indicate that student teachers find the teaching of Social Science in a multicultural classroom very challenging, irrespective of their race, culture, or social-economic background. The study therefore recommends regular exposure to diverse learners through mandatory teaching practice at multicultural schools, appropriate training, and development throughout the students’ teacher training with supported policies and integration of social justice into the curriculum content.

Authors:
Titus Williams, Central University of Technology Freestate, South Africa


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Titus Williams is the Faculty Administrator, at Central University of Technology Freestate, in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00