Schools as Sites for Social Change: Applying the TEARS Principle

By Peet du Toit, Ronel Ferreira, William Fraser, Gerda Gericke, Karien Botha and Evangeline Nortje. Michael Kleynhans (ed.)

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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In order to truly be innovative in education, it is at times necessary to break away from the conventional practices - while at the same time keeping the students’ best interests in mind. We support the notion that innovation in teaching and learning plays a vital role in the success of an institution and as such have launched innovative initiatives amongst various institutions. These initiatives present various benefits, such as empowering children and supporting well-being through innovative educational wellness indicators and health promoting intervention. Based on the results obtained in the study, and the needs and knowledge base of the teachers and learners, an intervention plan was developed to support positive change within the schools and the community. This intervention plan includes the development of learning content that can be included in the curriculum without adding additional burden to the teachers as well as the training of teachers to better implement this curriculum. The intervention further aims to assist with social change by guiding the schools in improving their learner feeding scheme and physical activity programme. The TEARS principle is the innovative 5-step enterprise that has been developed and implemented in order to pioneer the necessary changes in education.

Keywords: TEARS, Wellness, Intervention, Social Change

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 22, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.37-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 3, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 438.990KB)).

Peet du Toit

Associate Professor, Physiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Prof. Ronel Ferreira

Head of Department Educational Psychology, Educational Psychology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

William Fraser

Full Professor, Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, University of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, South Africa

Gerda Gericke

Head of Department: Human Nutrition, Human Nutrition, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Karien Botha

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Evangeline Nortje

Temporary Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine , Department of Physiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa

Michael Kleynhans

Technical Assistant, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Medicine , Department of Physiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa