The KwaZulu-Natal School Library Policy and its feasibility for implementation

Mariana Du Toit, Christine Stilwell


The research took into account accepted standards of good policy formulation to provide perspective and contextualise the study, and delineated educational challenges for the sector.

The following theoretical frameworks guided the study: a constructivist approach in interpreting andevaluating the role of school libraries within an education system based in constructivist principles, thetraditional policy model to evaluate policy formulation and design, and a social constructionist view of policyin the interpreting of policy development and implementation. The epistemological basis for the main methodology, the Delphi technique, was social constructivism.

The research design comprised two phases. Qualitative data collected from the Delphi panel's expert opinion was interpreted to analyse the policy document critically and assess its implementation strategy. Quantitative data from an analysis of existing surveys and reports provided an overview of the current state of school library provisioning in KwaZulu-Natal. School library models already being implemented in the provincewere evaluated against this background.

The research results provide guidelines for reviewing and refining the provincial policy intervention and brought to the fore several issues that need to be resolved to facilitate school library development in SouthAfrica.


School library policy; school library models; policy development and implementation; Delphi technique; KwaZulu-Natal

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