Curriculum Studies
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Departme​​nt of Curriculum Studies​​​​​​​​

​The Department of Curriculum Studies strives for academic excellence in the context of curriculum studies as a scientific field. The department focusses on ​school subjects which students will eventually teach​ such as Languages, Mathematics, Sciences etc. This is done on the basis of the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS).

This vision is informed by the following values:

  • Integrated scholarship
  • Critical stance
  • Transformative practice
  • Respect for diversity of people and ideas
  • Participative leadership
  • Financial sustainability

The vision is actualised by striving for:

  • Seamless integration of research, teaching and community interaction
  • Critical and responsive attitude to national curriculum policy and international tendencies
  • Innovative contributions to curriculum inquiry
  • The creation of a climate and space for critical discussion and collegial interaction
  • Continuous sustainable management practices (financial, staff, students, in/output)

    Major areas of inquiry are:

  • Curriculum theory: Approaches
  • Curriculum management and policy: Management of change | Leadership
  • Environment and community: Technology | Democratisation of curricula
  • Language and communication: Conceptualisation | Literacy (verbal and visual)
  • Learning and Teaching: Assessment and evaluation | Learners | Learning Theory | Educators
  • Learning materials (development): Content analysis | Sources | Programmes

Language support for subject terminology​

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​The Faculty supports you in the use of academic language and language for special purposes with MobiLex, a specialist dictionary with definitions of terms that you would use in your undergraduate studies. There are also translations of terms, as well as their meanings in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa, compiled by lecturers in the Department of Curriculum studies. Download the MobiLex app on your phone or search it on your computer or tablet at​​