Education Experts

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NameFaculty of Education Affiliation (Dept./Centre/ Chair)Fields of specialisation in relation to supervision of student researchEmail address
Prof Piet AnkiewiczDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Technology Education
Dr Jacqueline BatchelorDean’s office

Learning Technologies Unit

  • Digital learning & Mobile and blended learning environments
  • Learning design, Learning analytics
  • Artificial intelligence in education.
Ms Taryn BennetDepartment of Childhood Education
  • History
  • Social Science
  • Primary school social science curriculum
Prof Anthony BrownDepartment of Educational Psychology
  • Critical inclusivity
  • sexual and gender diversities
  • critical pedagogy
Prof Linda ChisholmCentre for Education Rights and Transformation
  • History and comparative education in relation to education policy and curriculum
Dr Nazreen DasooDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Values and Human Rights in Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Assessment and Learning
Dr Thasmai DhurumrajDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Professional development
  • Teacher beliefs
Dr Tumi DialeDepartment of Educational Psychology
  • Career development
  • Gender and violence
  • African Psychology
Dr Rabaitse DisekoDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Learning technologies
  • ICT’s in education
Prof Joseph DivalaDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Higher Education Studies and Philosophy of Education
  • Ethics and Governance in Higher Education
  • Social Justice and Education
Prof Pierre du PlessisDepartment of Education Leadership and Management
  • Education Leadership,
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Education Finance
Dr Veronica DwarikaDepartment of Educational Psychology
  • Behaviour Support,
  • Trauma and Trauma Informed Care
Mr Werner EngelbrechtDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Technology Education
Dr Moegamat Yusuf FeltmanDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Teaching and Learning English as a Second or Foreign Language
  • Language and Identity
  • Language Learning Motivation
Ms Kathleen FonsecaDepartment of Childhood Education
  • Teaching and learning of mathematics
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
Dr Jean FourieDepartment of Educational Psychology
  • Special needs education
  • Inclusive education
Prof Sarah GravettDean’s office
  • Teacher education and development
  • 21st century education (drawing on the learning sciences)
Prof Elizabeth HenningCentre for Education Practice Research
  • Mathematical concept development in childhood
  • Language and literacy learning in the primary school
  • Reading STEM texts in the primary school
Prof Leila KajeeDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Language and Literacies
  • Transformation and Social Justice
  • Refugee and immigrant education
Prof Geoff LautenbachDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Digital learning,
  • Design-based research
  • Educational technologies
Prof Caroline LongDepartment of Childhood Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Assessment & Rasch Measurement Theory
  • Teacher Education
Prof Kakoma LunetaDepartment of Childhood Education
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Teacher Education and Training
  • Elementary Mathematics Teacher Education
Dr Valencia MabalaneDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • History and Social science teaching and the curriculum changes
  • Teacher Professional identity
  • Adult Education and Learning
Mrs Abelwe MalulekaDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Accounting
Dr Nonhlanhla MasekoDepartment of Educational Psychology
  • Learner support
  • Parental involvement
  • Learning Disabilities
Dr Lydia MavuruDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Socio-cultural perspectives (Indigenous Knowledge) in science education
  • Language issues in science education
  • Life Sciences pedagogical practices
Prof Maropeng ModibaDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Teacher education
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Sociology of Education and History of Education
Dr Mothofela MsimangaDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Teaching, learning and assessment
  • Business, Commerce and Management Studies teaching
  • Multi-grade teaching
Mrs Nontsikelelo MsimangoDepartment of Childhood Education

Centre for African Languages Teaching

  • Language and Literacy in Sesotho
  • General African language teaching.
Dr Suraiya NaickerDepartment of Education Leadership and Management
  • Instructional leadership
  • Distributive leadership
  • Education change
Prof Devika NaidooDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Curriculum content in a networked society
  • Deep learning and 21st century skills
  • Knowledge in pedagogy and textbook analysis
Dr Parvathy NaidooDepartment of Education Leadership and Management
  • Organisation Leadership and Management
  • School Turnaround Strategies
  • Leadership in Special Education and School leadership
Ms Lerato NdabezithaDepartment of Childhood Education
  • Early numeracy development in the foundation phase
  • Early Literacy development in the foundation phase
  • The pedagogy of play in the Grade R
Prof Mdutshekelwa NdlovuVice Dean: Research and Postgraduate
  • Teaching mathematics with technology and blended learning
  • Problem Based Learning
  • In – service Mathematics Teacher Education
Dr Amasa NdofirepiDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Social justice in African Higher Education
  • Epistemologies in the African university
  • African Philosophy and higher education and Critical thinking in education
Dr Sonkanise NkosiDepartment of Childhood Education
  • Arts Education
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Arts Project Management
Ms Mafor PennDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) in science education
  • Inquiry-Based Science Education (IBSE)
  • Improvisation and the use of low cost resources in Science teaching and learning
Prof Juliet PerumalDepartment of Education Leadership and Management
  • Social justice
  • Diversity and critical pedagogy
  • Critical conceptions of education leadership and qualitative research
Prof Nadine PetersenVice Dean: Teaching and Learning
  • Teacher education
  • Scholarship of teaching
  • Community engagement and service learning in higher/ teacher education
Prof Jace PillaySARChI Chair: Education and Care in Childhood
  • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children
  • HIV Prevention in Girls and Young Women
Dr Viren RamdhanyDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Mathematics education
  • Pre-service Mathematics teacher education
Prof Umesh RamnarainDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Inquiry-based science education
  • Nature of Science and Science textbook analysis
  • ICT integration in science education
Dr Sarita RamsaroopDepartment of Childhood Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Social Science teaching and assessment (History and Geography)
  • Work-integrated learning
Prof Nicky RobertsCentre for Education Practice Research
  • Early Childhood Education (Children age 0-9 and their carers)
  • Mathematics Education
  • Technology enhanced learning/mobile learning/ ICTs/4IR
Dr David RobinsonDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Teaching of English Literature in South African schools
  • Research in the field of writing
  • Teaching and learning processes through issues such as social justice and eco-critical thinking.
Dr Mabatho SedibeDepartment of Educational Psychology
  • Diversity in Teacher Education
Prof Maximus SefothoDepartment of Educational Psychology
  • Inclusive Education
  • Career Transition
  • Philosophy of Research
Dr Rubina Setlhare-KajeeDepartment of Educational Psychology
  • Supporting teachers in poverty contexts
  • Career psychology and life design in the 21st century
  • Psychological assessment
Dr Clive SmithDepartment of Education Leadership and Management
  • Organisation / group change / development
  • Organisation change leadership
  • Organisation behaviour
Mr Aviwe SondloDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Pre-service and in-service teacher’s Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) Integration of Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS) in 4th Industrial Revolution.
Dr Erica SpangenbergDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Mathematics Education(Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning, Affective constructs, ICTs, Ethno-Mathematics)
Dr Karen SteenekampDepartment of Education and Curriculum Studies
  • Higher Education
  • Teaching
  • Learning and assessment
Prof Salim VallyCentre for Education Rights and Transformation,

SARChI Chair in Community, Adult and Worker


  • Social Justice and Education
  • Worker Education
  • Community Education
Dr Francois van AsDepartment of Science and Technology Education
  • Technology Education
Mr Dean van der MerweDepartment of Childhood Education
  • Academic language
  • Teacher education
Dr Martyn van der MerweDepartment of Educational Psychology
  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Teacher development
Prof Kathija YassimDepartment of Education Leadership and Management
  • Leading Learning
  • School Culture and Transformation
  • Leadership and 4IR
Prof Yu KeDepartment of Education Leadership and Management
  • Multi-disciplinary research areas in education and humanities

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