|South African College for Open Learning: A Model of an Inservice Distance Education Programme for Initial Teacher Education (CIE, 2002, 37 p.)|
Data for this study was collected from March to July 2000. During this period there were various structural and policy changes taking place at SACOL. At a structural level, in March 2000, the staff from the ex-Umlazi College of Education moved to the ex-Springfield campus. During the time of data collection there was a movement of staff and files. Things looked chaotic and not everything could be found on time. Data collection had to be managed within that environment.
In April 2000 the Minister of National Education issued a directive that the colleges had to be incorporated into institutions of higher education by 1 January 2001. Since March college staff have been concentrating on the issues of incorporation. The uncertainty of their future has led to low morale among staff and this permeated the interviews. No new materials were developed in 2000 (although there has been some adaptations of materials for the second year of courses that began in 2000). The study was then conducted in the mood where the key issues were not curriculum and student learning but rather job security and the future of individuals.