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Teacher unions' participation in policy making: a South African case study

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dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-05 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T19:51:20Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T19:51:20Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2774
dc.description.abstract This article contends that teacher unions' participation in policy making during South Africa's political transition was characterised by assertion of ideological identity (unionism and professionalism) and the cultivation of policy networks and alliances. It is argued that, historically, while teacher unions were divided along political and ideological lines, they have demonstrated flexibility in contesting for influence in the policy arena. In this regard, teacher unions' agency plays an important part and is reflected in changes in organisational strategies to ensure their independence or prevent marginalisation. The article highlights the threat of state co-optation for teacher unions and suggests that a framework for managing teacher union-state relations based on 'professional unionism' could potentially contribute to more effective education service provision. Comparisons with teacher unions' experiences elsewhere in the world are also made, while recognising the specificity of the South African situation. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject EDUCATION en
dc.subject TEACHER UNIONS en
dc.title Teacher unions' participation in policy making: a South African case study en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume October en
dc.BudgetYear 2013/14 en
dc.ResearchGroup Education and Skills Development en
dc.SourceTitle Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education en
dc.ArchiveNumber 7939 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 6586 en
dc.bibliographictitle Govender, L.V. (2013) Teacher unions' participation in policy making: a South African case study. <i>Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education</i>. October:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2013 en
dc.contributor.author1 Govender, L.V. en

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