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University of Pretoria

1. Nkabinde, Mfulathelwa Maria Bongi. The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department.

Degree: Education Management and Policy Studies, 2013, University of Pretoria

The aim of this research project is to investigate the roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of departments (HoDs) in the Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. A quantitative research approach was used to assess the perceptions of the foundation phase HoDs. Questionnaires were distributed to 274 foundation phase HoDs in Mpumalanga and SPSS 20 was used to analyse the data. The findings show that HoDs perceive that they are overworked, whereas in reality, the amount of time they spend in school is not as expected in the Personnel Administrative Measures (PAM) document. It emerged that most educators leave school earlier than normal and thus experience a lack of time for supervision and administration, which then becomes a stress factor in the completion of their roles and responsibilities. Twenty two percent of the respondents indicated that they are not familiar with the HoD duties as outlined in the PAM document. Furthermore, the study uncovered issues such as lack of support and training for HoDs, the role of parents as motivators in terms of learner achievement, and the importance of evaluating and developing teachers to provide quality education in the 21st century. This research project utilises instructional leadership as a conceptual framework and maps out the roles and responsibilities of the HoD as outlined in the PAM document. Due to the low Annual National Assessment (ANA) results in literacy and numeracy, the research focuses on the challenges that HoDs in the foundation phase face regarding fulfilling their roles and responsibilities towards ensuring a quality education. On Tuesday 28 June 2011, the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, revealed the results of the February 2011 ANA. In excess of 6.5 million learners from Grades 2 to 7 and a sample of G10s wrote tests in literacy/language and numeracy/mathematics. According to the statistics released by the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the average mark for literacy for G3 learners was a mere 35%. Grade 3 learners scored an average of 28% in numeracy. Amongst the Grade 3 learners, the Western Cape performed the best in both literacy and numeracy with 43% for literacy and 36% for numeracy. In Mpumalanga, Grade 3 learners scored 27% in literacy and only managed to score 19% for numeracy (DBE Report 40). If learners can’t read, write, spell and calculate at Grade 3 level, surely there is something wrong. Where are the foundation phase managers and how do they spend their time? Internationally, teachers responsible for supervising Grade R-3 are called middle managers. In South Africa, middle managers are called heads of departments (HoDs). The duties and roles of middle managers (or HoDs) in the foundation phase might be the cause of poor performance of learners in numeracy and literacy, due to insufficient support being provided to educators and learners. The role of HoDs in schools is not widely understood (Turner, 1996; Blandford, 1997; McLendon&Crowther, 1998). As a consequence, the literature relating to their role and… Advisors/Committee Members: Dr K Bipath (advisor), Prof E Weber (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Primary school; Teaching role; Management; Supervision; Head of department (hod); Roles and responsibilities; Instructional leadership; Pam document; Foundation phase; UCTD

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APA (6th Edition):

Nkabinde, M. M. (2013). The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department. (Masters Thesis). University of Pretoria. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2263/24454

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Nkabinde, Mfulathelwa Maria. “The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department.” 2013. Masters Thesis, University of Pretoria. Accessed September 18, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/2263/24454.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Nkabinde, Mfulathelwa Maria. “The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department.” 2013. Web. 18 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Nkabinde MM. The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Pretoria; 2013. [cited 2019 Sep 18]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2263/24454.

Council of Science Editors:

Nkabinde MM. The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department. [Masters Thesis]. University of Pretoria; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2263/24454


University of Pretoria

2. [No author]. The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department .

Degree: 2013, University of Pretoria

The aim of this research project is to investigate the roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of departments (HoDs) in the Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. A quantitative research approach was used to assess the perceptions of the foundation phase HoDs. Questionnaires were distributed to 274 foundation phase HoDs in Mpumalanga and SPSS 20 was used to analyse the data. The findings show that HoDs perceive that they are overworked, whereas in reality, the amount of time they spend in school is not as expected in the Personnel Administrative Measures (PAM) document. It emerged that most educators leave school earlier than normal and thus experience a lack of time for supervision and administration, which then becomes a stress factor in the completion of their roles and responsibilities. Twenty two percent of the respondents indicated that they are not familiar with the HoD duties as outlined in the PAM document. Furthermore, the study uncovered issues such as lack of support and training for HoDs, the role of parents as motivators in terms of learner achievement, and the importance of evaluating and developing teachers to provide quality education in the 21st century. This research project utilises instructional leadership as a conceptual framework and maps out the roles and responsibilities of the HoD as outlined in the PAM document. Due to the low Annual National Assessment (ANA) results in literacy and numeracy, the research focuses on the challenges that HoDs in the foundation phase face regarding fulfilling their roles and responsibilities towards ensuring a quality education. On Tuesday 28 June 2011, the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, revealed the results of the February 2011 ANA. In excess of 6.5 million learners from Grades 2 to 7 and a sample of G10s wrote tests in literacy/language and numeracy/mathematics. According to the statistics released by the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the average mark for literacy for G3 learners was a mere 35%. Grade 3 learners scored an average of 28% in numeracy. Amongst the Grade 3 learners, the Western Cape performed the best in both literacy and numeracy with 43% for literacy and 36% for numeracy. In Mpumalanga, Grade 3 learners scored 27% in literacy and only managed to score 19% for numeracy (DBE Report 40). If learners can’t read, write, spell and calculate at Grade 3 level, surely there is something wrong. Where are the foundation phase managers and how do they spend their time? Internationally, teachers responsible for supervising Grade R-3 are called middle managers. In South Africa, middle managers are called heads of departments (HoDs). The duties and roles of middle managers (or HoDs) in the foundation phase might be the cause of poor performance of learners in numeracy and literacy, due to insufficient support being provided to educators and learners. The role of HoDs in schools is not widely understood (Turner, 1996; Blandford, 1997; McLendon&Crowther, 1998). As a consequence, the literature relating to their role and… Advisors/Committee Members: Dr K Bipath (advisor), Prof E Weber (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Primary school; Teaching role; Management; Supervision; Head of department (hod); Roles and responsibilities; Instructional leadership; Pam document; Foundation phase; UCTD

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APA (6th Edition):

author], [. (2013). The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department . (Masters Thesis). University of Pretoria. Retrieved from http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-05072013-165348/

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

author], [No. “The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department .” 2013. Masters Thesis, University of Pretoria. Accessed September 18, 2019. http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-05072013-165348/.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

author], [No. “The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department .” 2013. Web. 18 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

author] [. The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department . [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Pretoria; 2013. [cited 2019 Sep 18]. Available from: http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-05072013-165348/.

Council of Science Editors:

author] [. The roles and responsibilities of foundation phase heads of department . [Masters Thesis]. University of Pretoria; 2013. Available from: http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-05072013-165348/

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