Infusing 21st-century competencies into scripted foundation phase literacy lessons

South African Journal of Childhood Education

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Title Infusing 21st-century competencies into scripted foundation phase literacy lessons
Creator Cancelliere, Semoni Ramsaroop, Sarita Petersen, Nadine
Subject childhood education; education scripted lesson plans; competency-based lessons; 21st-century competencies; foundation phase; literacy; stimulated recall interviews.
Description Background: Despite large-scale interventions aimed at developing literacy skills, children’s reading competence levels in South Africa continue to remain an area of concern. In addition, the need to prepare learners for the increased demands of a fast-changing world of learning and working is gaining attention in educational policy and practice.Aim: Using a qualitative multi-site case study research design, the authors aimed to explore teachers’ understanding and enactment of scripted literacy lessons that are designed to promote 21st-century competencies.Setting: Five Grade 1 teachers were selected from four schools, three of which are in peri-urban and the other in a township area.Methods: Data were generated in two phases across three teaching cycles. In the first phase, lessons were observed and recorded on video. The second phase consisted of stimulated recall interviews (SRIs) in which teachers commented on their recorded lessons.Results: The findings showed that when teachers had relevant prior knowledge of specific competencies, they were better positioned to leverage these as a basis for their lessons. However, the findings also indicated that teachers’ entrenched methods and ways of thinking were obstacles for change.Conclusion: Training and development opportunities should pay sufficient attention to the practicalities of changing pedagogies and using scripted lesson plans.Contribution: The findings contribute to knowledge on the affordances and challenges when designing training opportunities aimed at integrating 21st-century competencies into scripted literacy lessons.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-07-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajce.v13i1.1288
Source South African Journal of Childhood Education; Vol 13, No 1 (2023); 9 pages 2223-7682 2223-7674
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa — Female; African
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Semoni Cancelliere, Sarita Ramsaroop, Nadine Petersen