Estelle Swart

Estelle Swart
Stellenbosch University | SUN · Department of Educational Psychology

D Ed Educational Psychology

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January 2008 - present
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Position
  • Stellenbosch University
Description
  • The project aims to capture teachers’ practices of support and care for the pupils in everyday practice as observed through participatory observation in ethnographic case books
Education
January 1992 - March 1994
Rand Afrikaans University (now University of johannesburg)
Field of study
  • Educational Psychology
January 1987 - March 1989
Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg)
Field of study
  • Educational Psychology
January 1986 - December 1986
Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg)
Field of study
  • Educational Psychology

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Publications (52)
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Background: This article describes the model components of a study that applied a two-phased approach towards the development of an occupational resilience model. Objective: The occupational therapy practice model that is proposed seeks to facilitate high school re-entry and school participation post traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study's fir...
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Background: In the South African context, there are no specific guidelines regarding how to prepare and support adolescents for the transition from a health care to a high school setting post TBI. This raises questions about the relevance and responsiveness of the current transition practices in occupational therapy in terms of adequately preparin...
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Being aware of our thinking as we perform learning tasks and then using this knowledge to actively self-regulate what we are doing, is commonly known as metacognition. This study investigated the influence of a story-based intervention on the development of metacognition among Intermediate Phase learners engaged in content area learning. Two intact...
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Students who are hard of hearing (HOH) are being granted access to university increasingly, yet they remain significantly under-represented and under-supported, often resulting in poor academic outcomes with elevated levels of attrition. This situation places a growing obligation on universities to improve the support provided to these students in...
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As introduction to the book, Insigte in Opvoedkundige Sielkunde (Eloff, I & Swart, E) 2018, this chapter considers both the profession of educational psychologists and the scientific field of educational psychology as it pertains to the South African context.
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Navorsers en praktisyns van sestien Suid-Afrikaanse universiteite het saamgewerk om kort, kragtige, insiggewende en konstekstueel-relevante hoofstukke aan te bied oor Opvoedkundige Sielkunde op die oomblik. Opvoedkundige Sielkunde as 'n wetenskap word verken in 'n wye verskeidenheid kontekste en dit word in verband gebring met die dinamiese van opv...
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In this book researchers and practitioners from sixteen South African universities have collaborated to provide succinct, thoughtful and contextually relevant insights into the dynamics encountered in educational psychology today. Educational psychology as a science is explored within a variety of environments and connected to the dynamic professio...
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This chapter serves as an introduction to the book Understanding educational psychology. It considers the both the profession of the educational psychologist and the scientific field of educational psychology as it pertains to the South African context.
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This chapter examines the nature pf educational cange and the roles and responsibilities of school community members when managing the changes inherent in becoming inclusive. The authors highlight certain principles and propositions that are present in change processes.
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The impact of learning via mathematical modelling tasks on students with disabilities in a remote part of Australia was studied to answer the question: Can students with disabilities learn through mathematical modelling tasks? Daily mathematics lessons were substituted with a set of modelling tasks for 1 month. A design-based research methodology w...
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The impact of learning of mathematical modelling tasks on students with disabilities (SWD), in a remote part of the Northern Territory of Australia, was studied. The daily mathematics lessons of eight SWD were substituted with a set of modelling tasks for one month. A design-based research methodology with a neo-Vygotskian design philosophy and Feu...
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Background A growing number of students with hearing loss are being granted access to higher education in South Africa due to the adoption of inclusive educational policies. However, available statistics indicate that participation by students with hearing impairments in higher education remains low and research suggests that support provisioning f...
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Die doel van die huidige studie was om die effek van ’n troeteldier-ondersteunde leesprogram (TOL) op die woordherkenningsvaardighede van graad 3-kinders te bepaal. Al die kinders wat met behulp van die ESSI Leestoets as nievaardige lesers (N=102) geïdentifiseer is, is ewekansig toegewys aan drie eksperimentele groepe en een kontrolegroep. Een maal...
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Reading problems constitute a problem world-wide. Literacy figures in South Africa are particularly worrying. The reading skills of 80% of South African children are not fully developed by the time they reach grade 5. In recent literacy tests, South African children fared worse than their peers from African countries like Mozambique, Botswana, Swaz...
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Background Animal-assisted therapy has been widely used with students. This study is the first known investigation into the impact of an animal-assisted reading program on reading skills, employing an experimental pre-test/post-test control group design and controlling for the effects of extra attention to student’s reading. Objective The purpose o...
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This article provides some insights into the challenges regarding inclusion in higher education of students with disabilities. It does this by elucidating aspects of the proceedings of the Education Commission at the African Network on Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) Symposium, which took place in Zimbabwe in November 2011. The presenta...
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Individuals with disabilities continue to experience exclusion from mainstream contexts amid stereotypical constructions of disability as an inferior status. To address these inequities, we contend that the ramifications for both theory and praxis in disability research rests heavily on the way in which disability is theorized. In this article, we...
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Theorising of the self-concept of students who stutter The phenomenon of stuttering encompasses personal experiences that contribute to the forming of the self-concept of a person who stutters. In the past, research regarding the experiences of people who stutter resulted mostly in reducing stuttering to observable symptoms within a positivistic fr...
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Data from an investigation into the care practices of teachers in a primary school in a vulnerable community fore-grounded, firstly, the influence of a performance culture on the lived experiences of teachers; and secondly, the role of language in the meaning-making of teachers regarding care. The data was generated by means of group discussions, i...
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Research indicates that the success of inclusive education lies within the provision of adequate support for learners who experience barriers to learning in mainstream schools as well as in the changing roles of teachers and support services staff. The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) implemented a learning support model, designed to system...
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We explored the manifestation and development of an ethic of care in school communities using a variety of participatory research methods. The qualitative data from this ethnographic case study were analysed using constructivist grounded theory. Our findings suggest that an ethic of care in participatory research entails collaborating as equal part...
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Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities mandates that disabled people should have full rights to education in inclusive settings. However, to ensure that educational polices and settings are designed to meet this criterion seems challenging to African countries that have ratified this Convention. This...
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This article recounts the findings of a study that investigated pre-service teachers’ attitudes and concerns regarding inclusive education and their degree of comfort when interacting with people with disabilities after completing courses on inclusive education. One hundred and eighty pre-service teachers from one higher education institution in So...
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Higher education institutions are required to promote equal access to all qualifying students, including those with disabilities. These institutions are expected to create environments that accommodate the diverse needs of all students and facilitate their learning and participation. The aim of this qualitative study is to obtain an in-depth unders...
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Research into bullying has generated an awareness of many aspects of this phenomenon: it has shown a distinction between various types of bullying and how these are delineated by gender. It has also shown a scarcity of research on bullying amongst girls, a phenomenon which is rife. We report on a qualitative study, which explored and described the...
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his article presents the findings of an interpretive study on how exemplary teachers navigate their learning journeys when developing inclusive learning communities. We chose socio-cultural theory as a framework for understanding how the participating teachers learn from difference and diversity in their everyday classroom practice. The main source...
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This article gives an ethnographic glimpse of how an urban South African school mirrored a community’s sense‐making during times of rapid social change. The glimpse is extracted largely from an ethnography that was composed in 2000. In this study of school life, the biennial play was central to the year’s activities. In the play the tone, content a...
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U.S. education policy acknowledges the troubling differential rates of special education identification and placement for students who are culturally and linguistically diverse by requiring states to review annually student identification data from all local education agencies to identify and address disproportionate representation. Yet, little is...
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A B S T R A C T Parent participation is considered to be a vital component in the education of students with disabilities. Parents' roles in pivotal changes in special education—specifically, inclusion—are acknowledged, and their rights are protected in special education law. However, their perspectives are not always understood or considered in th...
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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Research into bullying has brought with it an awareness of many aspects of this phenomenon. Firstly, it has shown a distinction between various types of bullying and also how these are further delineated by means of gender. Secondly, by mere omission, it has shown the lack of research on bullying amongst girls. Bullying amongst gi...
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11 A4 pages in pdf format. Includes bibliographical references. Inaugural address delivered on 3 October 2006 by Professor Estelle Swart. No English abstract available
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Parental involvement was a driving and decisive factor in the development of inclusive education worldwide. In South Africa parents also became the advocates of the inclusive education movement in the 1990s, paving the way for parents to be involved in the decision-making process regarding the school placement of their children with disabilities. T...
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This study focused on understanding how the unique culture of a particular primary school influenced bullying, by identifying and thickly describing the values, norms, beliefs and attitudes of the various members of the community that contributed towards and sustained bullying behaviour. The findings are based on a critical ethnographic study of Hi...
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Inclusive Education as outlined in the Education White Paper 6 is a response to the widespread social, economic and political changes in South Africa, as well as a means of establishing a caring, humane and egalitarian society. The introduction of this policy will, however, require extensive changes in education, as the focus shifts from learners'...
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Since 1994 the demand to educate learners with special needs within mainstream classrooms in South Africa has continued to grow and the implementation of inclusive education is in the final process of legislation. The result has been that an increasing number of learners with disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, are being included in...
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Including a learner with physical disabilities: stressful for teachers? Learners with physical disabilities have been entering mainstream schools for some years now. Whereas early research on inclusive education necessitated a strong focus on the needs of the learners, there has also been a recent interest in the role of the teachers in inclusive e...
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Chitinases are ubiquitous chitin-fragmenting hydrolases. Recently we discovered the first human chitinase, named chitotriosidase, that is specifically expressed by phagocytes. We here report the identification, purification, and subsequent cloning of a second mammalian chitinase. This enzyme is characterized by an acidic isoelectric point and there...
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The establishment of an inclusive education system in South Africa will require the development of appropriate support services at both a school and district level. Recent policy documents in South Africa propose that such a support system should take a systemic approach utilising district support teams that focus on management and personnel suppor...
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Describes the use of concept mapping as a teaching technique in a graduate-level educational psychology course. Examines constructivist learning as a theoretical base for instruction, defines concept mapping, and outlines the classroom technique used. Asserts that concept maps guide, promote, and assist in knowledge construction as a metacognitive...
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This study aims to: 1. Capture individual teachers’ meanings and prevailing responsiveness to collaboration as a mediating tool; 2. Analyse and describe teachers’ trajectories of relational agency and responsive teaching related to collaborative activities; 3. Capture the individual teachers’ patterns of interactions in collaboration spaces through participant observation; 4. Describe the perceived affordances and constraints of collaboration in teachers’ practices and 5. Process the data and locate areas for ultimate use in developing a pilot intervention subsequent to the study/model for understanding teacher collaboration.