About Prof Sam Ramaila
Prof Sam Ramaila is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Education. He obtained PhD from the University of Johannesburg, MSc from the University of the Witwatersrand, BSc Hons, BSc and Higher Education Diploma from the University of the North. He currently serves as the Chairperson of Physics Education Division of the South African Institute of Physics. He successfully coordinated the award winning Teacher Professional Development Project as well as the Review of Undergraduate Physics Education in Public Higher Education Institutions Project on behalf of the South African Institute of Physics. The Review of Undergraduate Physics Education in Public Higher Education Institutions Project culminated in the development of the Strategic Plan on the Enhancement of Physics Training in South Africa. In addition to teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UJ Faculty of Education, he supervises a number of postgraduate students at both Masters and PhD level. His research interests include nature of science, inquiry-based learning and teacher education. Recent research publications include:
- Ramaila, S & Reddy, L. (2019). Assessing South African science students’ attitudes towards physics laboratory environment. Proceedings of the 13th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, pp. 300-303. ISSN: 2340-1079. ISBN: 978-84-09-08619-1.
- Ramaila, S & Ramnarain, U. (2018). Assessment of physics practical work using innovative computer-based technology system. Proceedings of the International Conference on Education and New Developments, Budapest, Hungary, pp. 528-531. ISSN: 2184-044X. ISBN: 978-989-99864-8-0.
- Ramnarain, U & Ramaila, S. (2018). The relationship between chemistry self-efficacy of South African first year university students and their academic performance. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 19(1), 60-67.
- Ramnarain, U & Ramaila, S. (2016). The achievement goals orientation of South African first year university physics students. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 14(1), 81-105.
- Ramnarain, U & Ramaila, S. (2012). Mentoring as a viable and sustainable form of professional development for physical science teachers. Education as Change, 16(2), 255-268.