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The management of staff development programmes at FET colleges in the Gauteng Province

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Niekerk, Magdalena Petronella en Geel, Pieter Andrew en 2009-08-25T10:56:37Z 2009-08-25T10:56:37Z 2009-08-25T10:56:37Z 2005-06-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Geel, Pieter Andrew (2009) The management of staff development programmes at FET colleges in the Gauteng Province, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The fragmented and unequal system of technical and vocational education and training in South Africa is a consequence of the apartheid era. Since 1994 comprehensive legislation has been introduced to create a transformed system of Further Education and Training (FET) guided by the principles of redress, equity and lifelong learning and aimed at producing graduates who can contribute to making South Africa a key player in the global economy. In particular, the Technical College sector requires transformation. This in turn demands new knowledge, attitudes and skills from college managers and educators. Therefore, relevant staff development programmes is a key instrument of change in colleges. Against this background this study examines the management of staff development programmes in FET colleges in Gauteng Province by means of a literature study and an empirical investigation. The former addresses the management of change, human resource management, staff development and organisational development with an emphasis on the application of chaos/complexity theory. Moreover, the dynamic FET landscape in South Africa is sketched and FET policies and legislation since 1994 are discussed. The empirical investigation adopts a qualitative approach using focus group and individual interviews, observation and document analysis to gather data from a small sample of participants: educators and members of senior and middle management. Participants were selected by purposeful sampling from three former Technical Colleges (one previously advantaged and two previously disadvantaged) in Gauteng, which have recently merged to create a new multi-campus college, the Tshwane North College. The findings of the interviews present the experience of participants according to six themes: the management of change; communication during change; stakeholder involvement in change; the impact of FET legislation; human resource management and the role of staff development programmes in this process. These findings were integrated with observations of staff development programmes and their management and analysis of key documents. It was concluded that people are complex and may resist change; during change effective communication, stakeholder participation, adequate funding for staff development and its effective management are essential. Recommendations for the improvement of practice are presented based on the findings of the literature and empirical study. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xix, 248 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Further Education and Training en
dc.subject Staff development en
dc.subject Change agent en
dc.subject FET College en
dc.subject Change management en
dc.subject Human Resource Development en
dc.subject Human Resource Management en
dc.subject Chaos / complexity theory en
dc.subject Organisational Development en
dc.subject Professional development en
dc.subject.ddc 378.122096822
dc.subject.lcsh College teachers -- In-service training -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Continuing education -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Personnel management
dc.subject.lcsh Vocational education -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Personnel management
dc.subject.lcsh College personnel management -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Community colleges -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Personnel management
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational change -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.subject.lcsh Educational change -- South Africa -- Gauteng
dc.title The management of staff development programmes at FET colleges in the Gauteng Province en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Educational Studies en D. Ed. (Education Management) en

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