CV Mr. Barry Firth

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D.O.B.    16 September 1967

Education

2013   Attained M Ed ( distinction in dissertation)    UCT

2009   Attained  B. Ed (Honours)                                  UNISA

1990   Attained  HDE ( Human Movements Studies) U.W.C

Teaching Experience:

1990 -1997      Taught History at Carnarvon Secondary School.        (History and English)

1997 – 2002     Taught at Hoërskool Carnarvon                                    (History and English))

2003                Steenberg High School  and Grassy Park High School (English)

2004 – 2008     Taught at Khanyisa Education Centre (Limpopo)       (Social Sciences)

2009 – current  Teach History ( GET and FET) at Crestway High         (Cape Town)

I have taught at a number of schools. High and Primary , rural and urban, state and private, yet the challenges have been remarkably similar. Learners show an interest in their past regardless of their own economic and social challenges. It is my hope and ambition that teachers of history transcend their own economic and social challenges to focus on guiding learners to acquire the tools to not only understand the narratives of the past but enable them to pass critical comment and participate meaningfully in the debates that permeate our young democracy.

I have a special interest in textbooks. Textbooks are likely to be the only “historical texts” many learners will encounter. How textbooks create or stifle space and opportunities for the development of a historical gaze is a landscape I feel needs further exploration

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