South African Journal of Education

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The contribution of a particular ‘kids in parks’ programme to the professional development of teachers

JG Ferreira


This article considers the possible contribution of the ‘kids in parks’ programme offered at Golden Gate Highlands National Park to the  professional development of teachers. Focus group interviews were held with teachers who participated in the programme, and an interview with open-ended questions was held with a learning facilitator from the  provincial education department. Although the programme has not primarily been  developed to focus on professional development, the setting creates an ideal opportunity for the professional development of teachers away from the  formal school situation. This research suggests that the programme, and consequently similar programmes offered at other national parks in South Africa, could make a contribution to the professional development of teachers.

Keywords: ‘kids in parks’ programme; professional development of teachers;
situated professional development
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