Dr. Robert Balfour is Registrar of St. Augustine College, the Catholic University of South Africa, in Johannesburg, and is one of the co-founders of the Rural Teacher Education Project at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Dr. Balfour holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and a Life Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society.
2011 0-7734-1398-7 Partnerships for Hope: School-University Collaborations for Educational Change in Rural South Africa explores the importance of improving teacher preparation, especially for those who will be teaching in rural areas since this can also be an entry point for supporting teachers, learners, and the community as a whole. In Essence, teacher preparation for working in rural areas can be regarded as a development path in and of itself a hopeful one that invests in young people who choose teaching as a career.
The book draws together a series of chapters by new and leading scholars working in the area of rurality and teacher education.