Education

 

CDE’S EDUCATION PROGRAMME

 

Providing quality education to sustain the human resource needs of a developing country remains one of South Africa’s greatest challenges. Our Education Programme draws on many years of experience in analysing complex national policies and learning from international best practice to identify a sound foundation on which to build a better education system. To this end, the CDE has formalised the education research programme around three key themes:

  • Low-fee independent schooling and its contribution to schooling provision by providing more access to quality education in disadvantaged communities
  • Teacher education and development, with a particular focus on the challenges pertaining to initial teacher education
  • Mathematics and language for improved learner performance
Low-fee independent schooling in South Africa

CDE conducts research and workshops in this focus area to better understand the sector and its potential contribution to South Africa’s development challenges. We believe low-fee independent schools for the poor have the potential to increase access to quality education and improve the performance of the schooling system as a whole. CDE’s research covers diverse topics such as modelling the financial viability of low-fee schools for growth and scale; appraising their quality and examining the regulatory and funding requirement. We apply this knowledge and international comparisons to influence public policy and perception, and attract support to underpin sustainability of the sector.

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Teacher education and development

CDE’s research covers the three phases of becoming a teacher: initial teacher education, induction for newly-qualified teachers and continuing professional teacher development.┬áCDE is committed to understanding the roles that both the public and private institutions play in addressing the need for high quality teachers and teaching.

Mathematics and language research programme

Among the topics CDE researches in respect of mathematics and language are the relationship between language, reading and mathematics achievement; ┬ástrategies or interventions (internationally and locally); and the role of professional learning communities in enhancing mathematics teachers’ subject and pedagogical content knowledge.

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