Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

The role of teachers in creating social cohesion in South African schools

22 February 2018

22Feb2018 12:30 - 13:30


South Africa’s emergence from the violence of its apartheid past has not been a seamless transition from violence to peace and justice. Increasing social inequality, reduced social mobility for the ‘previously disadvantaged’ majority, and high levels of violence are key characteristics of the new democratic South African state.

In this lecture, Joyce Raanhuis, a doctoral candidate at the Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, discusses the key role that teachers are expected to play in creating social cohesion in their schools and classrooms. Many of the schools and classrooms experience high levels of violence that filter in from the local communities into the schools. Joyce is particularly interested in researching the role of Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) as enabling or unwittingly undermining teachers as they try to do justice to their mandate to act as agents of social cohesion in these complex and difficult teaching and learning spaces. Her research is located within the UNICEF Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding, as well as the DFID-ESRC ‘Engaging Teachers in Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Contexts’ research project led by the University of Sussex.

Presenter: Joyce Raanhuis is a doctoral student at the Centre for International Teacher Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town with a background in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, UK. As a doctoral researcher, she is currently working in the field of education, with a strong focus on social justice, diversity and transformation. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of professional teacher development programmes for social cohesion in the field of education in post-apartheid South Africa.

Participation is free. No registration is required.

This event is organised by Dr Simone Datzberger on behalf of the GID Group and the Education and International Development Research Cluster.

Room: C2.06

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