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Prof Elizabeth Henning

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Prof Elizabeth Henning is the Director of the Centre for Education Practice Research at the Soweto campus. She is also the South African National Research Foundation Chair for "Integrated Studies of Learning Language, Mathematics and Science in the Primary School." She leads research in mathematical cognition and language in the early years of school as well as primary school children's learning of science concepts and reading of science texts.  She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. She combines instructional film production with research.

 
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Prof Linda Chisolm

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Prof Linda Chisholm is a former special advisor to the Minister of Basic Education, Director of Education Research at the HSRC, Professor of Education at UKZN and Director of the Wits Education Policy Unit. Her PGCE and MA were completed at the University of London, and her PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her research focuses on the historical, contemporary and comparative aspects of education policy and curriculum in South Africa and the region.

 
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Prof Raj Mestry
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Prof Raj Mestry's has two main research foci emphasising social justice and equity in education: Financial Management and Women Leadership. He has received local and international recognition from scholars in the field of education leadership and management. He serves as executive member of the Education Association of South Africa and is a member of the prestigious American Education Research Association (AERA) and the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS). In 2012, he was awarded the Research Medal for his research contribution to education from the Education Association of South Africa.

 
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Prof Jace Pillay

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Prof Jace Pillay holds a South African National Research Foundation Research Chair in Education and Care in Childhood. He heads a research team focusing on the educational, psychological, and social care of orphans and vulnerable children. 


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Prof Juliet Perumal

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Prof Juliet Perumal graduated with a PhD in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has published in the field of language and gender; critical, and feminist pedagogies; transformative curriculum, democracy; educational leadership; and qualitative research methodologies.

 
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Prof Umesh Ramnarain

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Prof Umesh Ramnarain research focus is mainly inquiry-based learning. His research is on inquiry teaching and learning, and its uptake in South African classrooms characterised by diversity and complexity in terms of intrinsic and extrinsic or environmental factors. The knowledge base he has built has important implications at both the national and international levels, especially in terms of inquiry teaching in underprivileged schools.


 
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Prof Chris Myburgh

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Prof Myburgh is a tenured professor in Psychology of Education since 1989 and is an expert regarding quantitative as well as qualitative research methodologies. His focus areas are especially adolescence, persons confronted with life challenges and strategies to facilitate these persons' mental health. He serves on the ethics committees of the Medical School of the University of the Witwatersrand and the Faculty of Education (vice chairperson) of the University of Johannesburg.

 
 
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Prof Shireen Motala
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Prof Shireen Motala is Director of the Postgraduate Research Centre: Research and Innovation Division, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, the University of Johannesburg. Her research interests and expertise have been in the areas of education financing and school reform, access, equity and education quality and globalisation. 


 
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Prof Nadine Petersen
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Prof Nadine Petersen's research focuses on childhood teacher education and service learning in teacher education. She is interested in beginner teachers learning and how social justice and care intersect in educational provision and in community engagement.
  

 
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Prof Caroline Long
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Professor Caroline Long has a dual focus on mathematics education and assessment. In mathematics education her particular focus is on the conceptual development of mathematics, informed by its historical unfolding. In the area of assessment Caroline has a specialised focus on Rasch measurement theory.


 
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Prof Salim Vally

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Salim Vally is the director of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation (CERT), an associate professor at the Faculty of Education and a visiting professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He completed his doctorate at UKZN and studied at Wits and York universities. He was a visiting lecturer at the universities of York, Columbia, Virginia and Fort Hare. His scholarly interests include educational and social policy as they relate to human rights, democracy and socio-economic justice.


 
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Prof Gert van der Westhuizen

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Prof van der Westhuizen's research involves conversation analysis studies of learning interactions in school and professional learning settings. School studies advances the understanding of the generational and social dimensions of learning conversation and how these play out in interaction settings. Research on learning interactions in teacher education include studies on how knowledge is used to identify and work with learning needs, and how social norms of interaction shape learning attainment.

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Dr Amasa Ndofirepi

 
Dr Amasa Ndofirepi is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education with research interests in African Philosophy of Education, Philosophy for Children, Critical thinking in education, Higher Education Studies with an eye on socially just epistemologies in African universities. He extensive experience teacher education in local and international institutions and his peer-reviewed work is published in books, book chapters and international journals.


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Prof Piet Ankiewicz

Prof Piet Ankiewicz has been awarded a C2 NRF rating in 2018 for his foundational philosophical research on frameworks for technology education with the goal of advancing the teaching and learning of technology. His current research focuses on (6) the refinement of the affordances of Mitcham’s framework for technology education, and also reframing the research outcomes that resulted from the intuitive ones accordingly. Prof Ankiewicz has established himself both nationally and internationally as a research scholar in the field of technology education, especially in such areas as the philosophy of technology and students’ attitudes towards technology. He recently authored a chapter on student’s attitudes towards technology for Springer’s first International Handbook of Technology Education, as well as a chapter on the implications of Feenberg’s critical theory for technology education in a Sense series book on philosophers of technology.



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Prof Leila Kajee

Leila Kajee is Associate Professor in Education and Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education. Her research interests in education include social justice and transformation through language and literacies. Leila has collaborated on, and led projects in Children’s Literacies in-and out-of- School, and Immigrant Literacies. She is currently working on projects on Social change in education: justice, cohesion and peace. She has written widely and presented papers in these areas.