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Ways of relating and interacting in school communities: lived experiences of learners, educators and parents

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dc.contributor.author Kitching, Ansie Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Roos, Vera
dc.contributor.author Ferreira, Ronel
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-31T07:23:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-31T07:23:17Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Kitching, A.E. et al. 2011. Ways of relating and interacting in school communities: lived experiences of learners, educators and parents. Journal of psychology in Africa, 21(2):245-256. [http://www.elliottfitzpatrick.com/jpa.html] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1433-0237
dc.identifier.issn 1815-5626 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7680
dc.description.abstract This article reports on the findings of a baseline study on social interaction in schools as experienced by learners, educators and parents. A qualitative phenomenological approach was followed, utilising a cross-sectional descriptive survey design. Participants included 1 170 learners aged between 11 and 18 years, 150 parents, and 85 educators from 12 South African schools. After participants had completed written assignments on their lived experiences in schools, data were thematically analyzed. Two main themes were identified, concerning enabling and disenabling ways of relating to and interacting with others. In terms of enabling ways of interaction, active engagement between people and acknowledging people were highlighted as subthemes. On the other hand, disenabling ways of interaction took the form of disengagement between people and disregard for people. Findings thus revealed that social interaction may fulfil a significant role in transformative social change in South African schools, such as decreased levels of unacceptable behaviour, relationship difficulties and disciplinary problems. In this manner, the findings of this pilot study correlate with complexity theory which postulates that social change is facilitated in the dynamic interaction between people. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elliott & Fitzpatrick en_US
dc.subject Complexity theory en_US
dc.subject disenablement en_US
dc.subject enablement en_US
dc.subject lived experiences en_US
dc.subject school communities en_US
dc.subject social interaction en_US
dc.subject relationships en_US
dc.title Ways of relating and interacting in school communities: lived experiences of learners, educators and parents en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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