|Institution:||University of South Africa|
|Keywords:||Reading; Instruction; Literacy; Curriculum; Intermediate Phase; Professional development|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/10500/20683|
This dissertation presents a study exploring the challenges faced by grade 4 teachers in the implementation of effective reading practices in the primary schools of the Mano’mbe Circuit of the Mopani District. The study seeks to investigate the challenges faced by grade 4 teachers in the implementation of reading practices in their classrooms. The aim of the study is to explore the perception of grade 4 teachers about their role in teaching reading to investigate the role of the principals and the heads of department and to recommend strategies that can be implemented to resolve the challenges faced by grade 4 teachers in the teaching of reading. The mixed method design was adopted for the study. The target population was 20 primary schools in Mano’mbe Circuit. The questionnaires and interview schedules as instruments were used to collect data. Data from the questionnaires was analysed by means of descriptive and inferential statistics. An interview template analysis style was used whereby categories were derived from the research questions. Data was presented in the form of frequency tables, histograms and correlations (structured questionnaires) and themes and subthemes and categories as derived from the research interview questions. The study revealed various challenges expressed by grade 4 teachers in the implementation of effective reading practices in the Mano’mbe Circuit of the Mopani District. Amongst others, overcrowded of classes, lack of parental involvement, and lack of support from the department, principals and head of departments. In addition, half of the respondents cannot develop a reading lesson and a reading rubric so it is not surprising to find that learners are not able to read and more. The findings of this study will have important implications for the literacy teachers, heads of departments, principals, curriculum advisors and learners. The discovery and revelation of the causes of the challenges faced by the grade 4 teachers in the implementation of effective reading practices will set in motion a chain of events that can improve teaching and learning in our schools. The study will provide suggestions and a set of principles for teaching about the ideas and practices that promote learners’ academic achievement in reading and literacy in general. Advisors/Committee Members: Van Wyk, Micheal, 1960- (advisor).