South Africa is a country of challenges, and none more so than when it comes to the education of its children, young people, and also its adults. Ours is a country of poor literacy levels, pass rates and of poor performance according to international indexes that rate the quality of our schooling.
South Africa is, however, also a country of opportunity, hope and potential. Many of our country’s learners do develop into well-rounded and versatile young people, while our students excel on an international level and our researchers make ground-breaking discoveries.
It is in this light that the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University endeavours to reimagine an education system that can help all of South Africa’s people live up to their full academic potential.
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Central to the Faculty’s vision is a commitment to engage head-on with South Africa’s educational challenges, and to reimagine a broader system within which the children, students and adults of our country can flourish. This is done by integrating and synergising quality research efforts with opportunities for institutional development, practical teaching and learning endeavours, as well as community interaction projects.
The ideal is to develop a knowledge base that builds on research being done in the fields of education, sport and educationally based development practices. It also extends the practice of educator development to enhance teaching in schools as well as adult, vocational and higher education institutions.
The Faculty is acknowledged and respected as a leading and engaged research-driven education faculty in South Africa. Its research efforts focus on relevant and strategically important themes in education and human movement science in South Africa and internationally. It seeks solutions that go beyond the school and also address current matters concerning higher, further and adult education, policy, sport and educational psychology.
Through its research endeavours the Faculty of Education also strives to strengthen the capacity of its young academic professionals and postgraduate students, to enhance its research focus areas and to increase the research output of staff through among others the publication of more scientific papers or books.