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The Learning Conference 2003

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A South African Experience in Celebrating Diversities in the Classroom

Hasina Banu Ebrahim.


Tirasano (working together) represents a liberatory, post-apartheid philosophy which seeks to give educational expression to the new consciousness. After 1994 numerous micro-level opportunities opened up for inclusive, active learning experiences but South African teachers found the shift from assimilationist approaches difficult. The Tirisano model of active learning emanates from research carried out in the Foundation Phase in five urban KwaZulu-Natal schools, and focused on the new literacy learning programme. Rather than make generalisations it used the schools researcher to illuminate experiences related to culture, gender and abilities. The model begins with reflective practice to decolonise‚ teachers‚ minds of identities as fixed, stereotyped, homogenised entities. Learners are taken through the community, family and I stages in mixed ability groups in order to enunciate commonalities and differences. Results revealed a dynamic sense of critical multiculturalism: learners actively acknowledged their diversity in culture, gender and abilities as a strength in the learning experience.

Presenters

Hasina Banu Ebrahim  (South Africa)

Edgewood Campus School of Education
University of Natal

2000 - M.ED (Unisa) Cum Laude
1995 - B.ED (Unisa) Cum Laude
1992 - B.A
1985 - Pre and Junior Primary Education Diploma
Engaged in Doctoral Research on developing a holistic programme for early childhood development in a disadvantaged community.
PUBLICATIONS
2001 - Co author of five textbooks for Curriculum 2005
Presently writing nine textbooks for the Foundation Phase
COURSE DESIGN INTIATED THE BACHELOR OF EDUCATION WITH EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AS AN ENDORSEMENT FORMED PART OF A WORKING GROUP AND DESIGNED THE MASTER OF PRIMARY STUDIES

Keywords
  • South African
  • Celebrating diversities



(30 min Conference Paper, English)