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dc.contributor.authorKitching, Ansie Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorRoos, Vera
dc.contributor.authorFerreira, Ronel
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-31T07:23:17Z
dc.date.available2012-10-31T07:23:17Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationKitching, 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.issn1433-0237
dc.identifier.issn1815-5626 (Online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/7680
dc.description.abstractThis 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.isoenen_US
dc.publisherElliott & Fitzpatricken_US
dc.subjectComplexity theoryen_US
dc.subjectdisenablementen_US
dc.subjectenablementen_US
dc.subjectlived experiencesen_US
dc.subjectschool communitiesen_US
dc.subjectsocial interactionen_US
dc.subjectrelationshipsen_US
dc.titleWays of relating and interacting in school communities: lived experiences of learners, educators and parentsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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