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Employing a multifocal view of ECD curriculum development at a rural settlement community in South Africa: Themes from a ‘design by implementation’ early childhood education programme

Sonja Brink
South African Journal of Childhood Education | Vol 6, No 1 | a405 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v6i1.405 | © 2016 Sonja Brink | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 February 2016 | Published: 30 June 2016

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Sonja Brink, Centre for Education Practice Research, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Early childhood curriculum development is challenged by the vast contextual variability of sites in South Africa. In this article, the author reports on the implementation of an early childhood development programme at an informal rural settlement community by an external societal agent. The article looks at the complex dynamics at play within such an early education development situation and examines the main themes that emerged from the process. Referring to the tensions that emanated from the implementation of this programme as a positive driver for change, it concludes that the employment of participatory methodologies could be utilised as a curriculum development tool and calls for the employment of a less formulaic and more holistic view of early childhood development.

Keywords: Participatory action research; rural community development; curriculum development


Participatory action research; rural community development; curriculum development


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