Strategies for a smooth implementation of the South African professional learning community model

  • Christina J. van Staden
  • Elsa Mentz
Keywords: Sosiale Netwerk Analise, Deurlopende Professionele Ontwikkeling van Onderwysers, Ge�ntegreerde Strategiese Beplanningsraamwerk vir Onderwyseropleiding en -ontwikkeling in Suid-Afrika, professionele leergemeenskappe


The Integrated Strategic Planning Framework for Teacher Training and Development in South Africa 2011�2025 requires that subject-related professional learning communities should be established widely between 2011 and 2017. However, only some of the District Teacher Development Centres that are intended to provide meeting places need to be up and running by 2025. The gap between policy and implementation can impede or even prevent the establishment of professional learning communities. Three implementation problems were identified that could catapult the professional learning community model into the infamous education reform cycle, and strategies are proposed for a smooth implementation. It is proposed that a coordinated strategy be followed to prevent the South African professional learning community model falling prey to the reform cycle.

Author Biographies

Christina J. van Staden
Nadoktorale genoot, Noord-Wes Universiteit
Elsa Mentz
Rekenaarwetenskaponderwys, Skool vir Natuurwetenskappe en Tegnologie vir Onderwys, Fakulteit Opvoedingswetenskappe, Noord-Wes Universiteit, Potchefstroomkampus, Potchefstroom, 2520
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