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Koers

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Koers (Online) vol.77 no.2 Pretoria  2012

 

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

 

'n Skoolhoof se persepsies van die verwesenliking van Christelike waardes in 'n Suid-Afrikaanse laerskool: 'n Gevallestudie

 

A principal's perceptions of the realisation of Christian values at a South African primary school: A case study

 

 

 

Gertruida M. Steyn

Department of further education, University of South Africa, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


 

OPSOMMING

Vele Suid-Afrikaanse skole word uitgedaag om 'n skoolkultuur te vestig wat bevorderlik vir onderrig en leer is. 'n Skoolkultuur het 'n baie groter impak op lewe en leer as enige ander faktor in 'n skool. Hierdie studie se navorsingsvraag is: Hoe het 'n laerskoolhoof die verwesenliking van Christelike waardes in 'n skoolkultuur beskou? 'n Ondersoekende, kwalitatiewe navorsingsontwerp, in besonder 'n gevallestudie, is as die geskikste metode oorweeg om die navorsingsprobleem te benader. Doelbewuste steekproewe is gebruik vir die studie wat by die skool gedoen is. In vorige studies in die skool het ek aangetoon dat die deelnemer waarde aan die verwesenliking van Christelike waardes in die skool geheg het. Inligting in hierdie studie is deur semi-gestruktureerde onderhoude met die hoof versamel; paragrawe wat die hoof geskryf het (naïewe sketse); geskrewe dokumente oor die aktiwiteite in die skool; 'n DVD van die skool en veldaantekeninge wat tydens die onderhoude geneem is. Die bevindinge toon die rol wat die skoolhoof in die verwesenliking van waardes gespeel het en die noodsaaklikheid van 'n visie en missie om waardes te verwesenlik. Die realisering van waardes word die beste verwesenlik deur middel van 'n positiewe, uitnodigende skoolkultuur wat menslike ontwikkeling aanmoedig en op voortdurende groei fokus.


ABSTRACT

Many South African schools are facing the challenge of establishing a school culture that is conducive to teaching and learning. The school culture has a far greater impact on living and learning than any other factor in the life of a school. The research question in this study is: How did a primary school principal view the actualisation of Christian values in the school culture? An investigative, qualitative research design, and more particularly a case study, was considered to be the most appropriate approach to the research question. In a number of previous investigations in the school, the author has shown that the school principal treasured the inculcation of Christian values in the school. Data in this study were collected by means of various semi-structured interviews with the principal; paragraphs written by the principal; documents about school activities; a DVD of the school; and field notes taken during the interviews. The findings show the role of the principal in inculcating values in a school and the effect of a vision and mission to realise these values. Inculcating values in a school is best actualised in a positive, inviting school culture that focuses on continuing growth conducive to human development.


 

 

 

 

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Correspondence:
Gertruida Steyn
PO Box 392
University of South Africa 0003
South Africa
Email: steyngm1@unisa.ac.za

Received: 25 Aug. 2012
Accepted: 06 June 2012
Published: 05 Dec. 2012

 

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