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Andries Du Plessis
University of Johannesburg

Ari Myllyviita
University of Helsinki

- Self Study Course

Welcome to this self-paced course. This course is aimed at in-service teachers who are involved with the training ofpre-service teachers.

This self-paced course is made available free of charge. It is not credit-bearing and does not result in a qualification.

Why do we offer this course?

Education in South Africa faces numerous challenges - one of these relates to efforts to increase the quality of teachers.

The government, in its revised vision for education in South Africa, identified the training of new teachers as an all important factor to help ensure improved education for South Africa’s children.

We hope that this self-paced course will be insightful and motivate you to further your personal development as a practising teacher by becoming a mentor teacher. As we explain in the introduction, universities require in-service teachers at partnering schools to assist with teacher training during the practicum.

From Teaching School, SOWETO Campus



The development of this course was done as part of the “Strengthening Foundation Phase Teacher Education Programme”, a component of the EU-SA Primary Education Policy Support Programme.

The contents of the course do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Department of Higher Education and Training or the European Union.

Updated 25.5.2017 (Chapter 1-4)