Symphorosa Rembe's research while affiliated with Fort Hare University and other places

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Facilitation of career development and provision of psychosocial support to trainee teachers during teaching practice can be a challenge. The interpretive paradigm and the qualitative approach and case study research design were employed in this study. Purposive sampling was used to select 27 participants which included 6 mentors, 15 trainee teache...
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This study explores trust and positive working relationships among teachers in communities of practice as an avenue for professional development in high schools in South Africa. A mixed methods research approach was employed for this study with the use of a semi-structured interview and semi-structured questionnaires as data collection instruments....
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The purpose of the paper was to investigate how collaboration and mutual support as the processes established by communities of practice to improve continuing professional teachers’ development in high schools. This study is essential as it helped teachers to see the importance of working as teams through mutual support given to each other to boost...
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The paper investigates allocation of time as strategy established by communities of practice to enhance continuing professional teachers’ development in selected high schools. Having sufficient time by teachers to collaborate together and learn is essential to enhancing their professional development. The study adopted qualitative research approach...
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A safe school environment is conducive for learning at all levels of education. However, schools sometimes enroll children who are generally at risk due to various factors. The chapter discussed how schools and early childhood centers (ECD) can maintain safety and peace for children and youths in their care. By virtue of their age, young children a...
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This paper investigates challenges encountered by communities of practice in enhancing continuing professional teachers’ development in selected high schools in the Fort Beaufort Education District, South Africa. The study adopted the mixed methods research approach that concurrently integrated procedures in the collection, analysis and interpretat...
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Background There is need for ‘high-quality’ teachers who are equipped to meet the needs of all learners through provision of education for an inclusive society according to equal opportunities to all. Objective This paper investigates pockets of good practice in the adaptation of the curriculum for the inclusion of learners with special education...
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The paper examines how secondary schools implement the code of conduct to maintain positivediscipline. It adopted a qualitative approach and employed a case study design. Four secondary schools andparticipants who comprised one Education Officer, four school heads; twenty members of the disciplinary committee, forty prefects and four School Develop...
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This is a concept paper on teaching practice or school experience. It attempts to unravel what teaching practice is, its purpose and how it is implemented. Teaching Practice models used by various states are given. The South African context is also highlighted in the paper. School experience models from other countries can be used to inform practic...
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The paper examined how secondary schools implemented a guidance and counseling strategy to maintain positive discipline. It adopted a qualitative approach and employed a case study design. Purposive sampling was used to select four secondary schools and participants that comprised two education officers, four school heads, four school counselors, t...
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The paper sought to establish the challenges faced by counselors as they offer bereavement counseling to secondary school learners in Harare. A qualitative methodological approach was utilized to obtain data from respondents and an interpretivist paradigm was adopted to capture experiences of four counselors from two secondary schools as they offer...
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This paper sought to explore parental perception on ECD provisioning at early childhood centres. The key questions asked were: What are the perceptions of parents on the role of ECD centres? What are the perceptions of parents regarding participation in ECDC Activities? Four parents, two from each of the two selected centres were purposively sample...
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The study is an analysis of views of Primary School teachers in Zomba Rural Education District in Malawi on their preferences as regards the implementation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes. The concern of the study was that despite the Government of Malawi putting in place structures to facilitate the implementation of Contin...
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This study is an exploration of the effects of teacher attributes on effective implementation of what teachers learn at Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes. The teacher attributes that were explored included age of the teacher; type of pre-service training programme the teacher attended; qualification of the teacher; gender of the...
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The South African Constitution outlaws all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, cultural origin, age, religion and so forth. The post-Apartheid government of South Africa has put in place policies and programmes to enhance gender equality. In education different policies have been put in place to ensure gender equality at all level...
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This briefing examines child and forced marriage as harmful traditional and cultural practices which violate the rights of the girl children in the Southern African Development Community region, and assesses measures taken by member states to address them. It is based on secondary data collected through a review of studies, reports, policy document...
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It is evident that although the South African Government has put in place policies and strategies to ensure safe and secure teaching and learning environment, poverty, especially in rural areas, has become a source of behavioural problems among learners that disrupt learning in schools and deny others the right to education. The study examined how...
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Studies have confirmed that the composition of male and female students in higher education in South Africa is far more equitable than before. Surprisingly, there has not been a significant increase in the number of female students in the historically male-dominated subjects such as science, engineering, and mathematics. This paper was based on a p...
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This article reviews harmful traditional and cultural practices which lead to violation of women's rights in SADC region and measures taken by the Member States to address them. It is based on secondary data collected through review of studies, reports, policy documents and surveys from various data sets from national, regional and international or...
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We investigated and analysed the factors that women teachers consider as barriers to their advancement to headship positions in Zimbabwean primary schools. Specifically, we sought to identify the factors perceived by women school heads to be causes of persistent under-representation of women in school headship positions. Data were collected through...
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The child soldier issue in Africa Is historically unprecedented both in terms of its scope and almost inconceivable levels of abuse of children. The trend is becoming Increasingly apparent with non-state armed groups, most of which operate well outside of, and in flagrant disregard for, any notion of human rights or international humanitarian law....
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This article reviews traditional and cultural practices which lead to violation of children's rights in some of the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and various measures taken by the States to address them. Traditional and cultural practices reviewed include female genital mutilation, initiation and botched circumcision, virginity testing a...
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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) constitutes all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for cultural or non-therapeutic reasons. The practice remains an extremely complex and culturally sensitive. It involves a broad spectrum of issues such as child health and h...
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This study assessed the policies, strategic plans and structures that have been put in place in Zimbabwe to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the education sector. It also examined the comprehensiveness of projects and programmes currently being implemented by the government in collaboration with partner organisations and NGOs. The findings show tha...

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... Participating in a CoP should have an impact in academics' professional development, as group members and as individuals. The benefits of communities of practice according to [10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] are as follows: ...
... Namely, it encourages the coconstruction of knowledge (Richardson & Díaz Maggioli, 2018). Through the sharing of knowledge, experiences, and mutual support, teachers advance approaches together and solve problems (Sokel, 2019;Akinyemi, Rembe, Shumba and Adewumi, 2019). Thirteen teachers expressed gratitude for a culture of collaborative learning, guidance, and feedback where sharing knowledge was a central component. ...
... Dewey (1910) regarded critical thinking as a vital element of teachers' work: 'Only by taking a hand in the making of knowledge, by transferring guess and opinion into the belief authorised by inquiry, does one ever get a knowledge of the method of knowing'. Importantly, CPTD requires the allocation of dedicated time for teachers to learn (Akinyemi et al. 2019). ...
... Para llevar a cabo la educación para la muerte, se necesita una formación pedagógica profunda y concreta en relación a la conciencia de la realidad de la finitud humana (Serra Llanas, 2014;Ransanz, 2015;Shumba, et al., 2015;Colomo, 2016;Delgado & Ximena, 2016;Oliveira-Cardoso & Dos Santos, 2017;Colomo & Cívico, 2018, Rodríguez Herrero, Herrán & Cortina, 2019, entre otros), dado que la gran mayoría de profesionales de la educación tiene un gran desconocimiento sobre la temática. El hecho de tener un conocimiento y aprendizaje correcto y adecuado sobre la muerte y la buena elaboración del duelo tiene la consecuencia directa del desarrollo de un mayor sentido de humanidad. ...
... These findings pointed to challenges bedeviling provision of these helping services in educational institutions. Mlalazi, Rembe and Shumba (2016) establish that though there were few areas of successful institutionalization of the programmes, there were serious drawbacks which included lack of facilities. ...
... Teaching practice exercises have been viewed as an essential prerequisite for English language pre-service teachers towards obtaining the Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) in readiness for teaching in primary schools in Nigeria. Rembe et al. (2016) views teaching practice as the preparatory stage for exposing pre-service teachers to teaching techniques, teaching strategies, teaching methods and further exposure to teaching and learning activities within the institution of learning. Similarly, Babatunde (2016) notes that significant pedagogical and content knowledge attained in Colleges of Education and Faculties of Education in universities are impacted on the student-teachers which are later practicalized during teaching practice exercise. ...
... Regardless of the efforts made by MOPSE, some dissatisfaction has been heard from various stakeholders proclaiming that the safety of learners was not certain in schools as they were repeatedly subjected to punitive discipline strategies [2,4,23,24]. In view of the concerns raised informally by a number of stakeholders and media, there is no clear evidence as to how schools use teaching social skills as a proactive strategy to manage the behaviour of learners. ...
... The methods used included the use of different strategies such as dedication time, individual work, group work, extra work and coming down to the learners' level. What was more positive about the results of their study was that teachers adopted the good practice of curriculum adaptation and they understood the concept of curriculum adaptation and what needed to be done (Adewumi et al., 2017). However, there were still some teachers that were not adapting the curriculum because of large classes and lack of training (Adewumi et al., 2017). ...
... The parents concluded that the teachers knew best. Illiteracy was established as a factor discouraging parent participation in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape (Shumba, Rembe & Pumla 2014) and Limpopo (Selolo 2018). Parents who are poor and uneducated are least likely to participate in their children's early learning. ...
... FGM has been reported in all parts of the world, but it is most prevalent in the western, eastern, and northeastern regions of Africa, some countries in Asia and the Middle East and among several immigrant communities in North America, Europe and Australia [3]. Many contextual factors stemming from gender inequality have been documented to perpetuate FGM, for example: highly unequal societies in which gender prescriptions demand girls' virginity prior to marriage, [4][5][6] women's chastity and monogamy in marriage, [4,7,8] sexual availability of females to their male partners, [9] and the production of legitimate male heirs to further their husband's patrilineage [5,6]. Other motivations include concerns about girls' marriageability and social acceptance, and the fear of a loss of protection by other women and the community at large if a girl does not undergo FGM [5,[10][11][12][13][14]. ...