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Prof MLA Le Cordeur, STD (UWC), BEd (Unisa), BAHons (UWC), MEd, PhD (Stell)

Head of Department

Language Education and Language in Education

BIO NOTE OF MICHAEL LE CORDEUR

Michael le Cordeur is an Associate Professor and a NRF-rated researcher and the former Circuit Manager of Education in Stellenbosch.  Currently he chairs the Department of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. His research and publications focus on learners' reading skills, language and identity, language policies and language in education. A former chair of the Western Cape Language Committee he co-authored the Western Cape Language Policy. The former deputy chair of Rachel's Angels mentored several disadvantaged learners to gain access to tertiary education. Currently he serves on the executive of the ATKV, the SBA, the South African Academy for Arts and Science, the International Association for Research in L1 Languages in Education (ARLE) and the Internationale Centrum voor het Afrikaans at Gent University. Prof le Cordeur is the recipient of the South African Academy's Elisabeth Steijn Medal for his contribution to education, the Rectors Award for Excellence for five consecutive years and Stellenbosch University's Chancellors Award.

Office number:  4023

Phone number:  021 808 2265

Email address:  mlecorde@sun.ac.za

 

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Dr Zelda Barends, B Ed (US), B Ed Hons (US), M Ed (NWU), PhD (NWU)

Language Education and Language in Education - Foundation Phase

BIO NOTE OF ZELDA BARENDS

Zelda Barends is a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Her research interests are within the broader field of early childhood education (5 – 9 years), with a particular focus on aspects of reading literacy, reading teachers professional development, foundation phase teacher education and work integrated learning. Zelda is a member of the South African Research Association for Early Child Education (SARAECE) and her published research papers has highlighted teachers content knowledge for reading literacy as well as using work integrated learning to better prepare reading literacy teachers.

Office number:  4015

Phone number:  021 808 3930

Email address:  zbarends@sun.ac.za


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Prof AE Carl, HED, BAHons, DEd (Stell)

Curriculum Studies:  Social Sciences

BIO NOTE OF AREND CARL

Arend Carl is a professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He served as Vice-Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the faculty from 2007-2016. His main research focus is on curriculum theory, social sciences and the role of the teacher as a key stakeholder or curriculum agent in successful curriculum development. He is a curriculum specialist who has written extensively on the subject of Curriculum Studies. His book Teacher Empowerment through curriculum development is widely used at South African universities and the 5th edition is to appear in 2017. He has also made a number of presentations at both national and international conferences with regard to this field. He also has a C-3 National Research Foundation rating.

Office number: 

Phone number:  021 808 2285

Email address:  aec2@sun.ac.za


 

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Dr O Esau, BA, MEd, PhD (UWC)

Curriculum Studies

BIO NOTE OF OMAR ESAU

Omar Esau is a Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University. His teaching and research are in the fields of teacher education, curriculum development, action-research, HIV / Aids education, multi-cultural and multi-religious education. He holds Phd, MEd, BEd Hons and BA degrees from the University of the Western Cape. He started his teaching career at the age of 19 fresh from the Hewat Teachers College. In his teaching career of 25 years in the WCED as a practitioner, he acted and served as an Educator, Head of Department, Deputy Principal and Principal.

His master's and doctoral students work more broadly in school improvement and teacher development. As a specialist in emancipatory action research and an avert Chess executive administrator in South Africa, he published a book on Checkmating HIV/Aids as a Teacher Researcher in 2010. In his recent published works, he concentrates on preparing pre-service teachers for the diverse and multi-cultural classroom.

Office number:  4020

Phone number:  021 808 3336

Email address:  oesau@sun.ac.za


 

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Prof BL Frick, B Home Econ, M Consumer Sc, PhD (Stell)

Director:  Centre for Higher and Adult Education

BIO NOTE OF LIEZEL FRICK

Liezel Frick is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies and the director of the Centre for Higher and Adult Education at the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Her research interests are within the broader field of doctoral education, with a particular focus on aspects of doctoral creativity and originality, learning during the doctorate, and doctoral supervision. Her Master’s and Doctoral students work more broadly within the fields of higher and adult education, where most tend to focus on workplace learning. Liezel is a member of the International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN), as well as the Special Interest Group of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) on Researcher Education and Careers. In 2015 she received the Best African Accomplished Educational Researcher Award for 2013-2014 by the African Development Institute (ADI) and the Association for the Development of Education in South Africa (ADEA). She currently holds a South African National Research Foundation Y2 rating.

Office number:  3049

Phone number:  021 808 2297

Email address:  blf@sun.ac.za


 

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Dr CG America, TD (Pen Tech), BAHons, MComm (UWC), PhD (Stell)

Social Sciences

BIO NOTE OF CARINA AMERICA

Carina America is a lecturer and subject co-ordinator of Business Education in the Faculty of Education at the Stellenbosch University.  She graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a Master's degree in Commerce and completed her PhD in Education at the University of Stellenbosch.  Her work and academic experience over the past three decades have been largely linked to business and business education.  After qualifying as a schoolteacher, she taught in the fields of Accounting, Economics and Business Studies.  Thereafter, she worked in the financial services sector, after which she joined the higher education sector as a commerce lecturer, first in a Business Faculty and then in an Education Faculty.  She has published in accredited journals and presented papers at various local and international conferences, focussing on sustainable development and issues related to in-service and pre-service teaching in Business Education.  For the past nine years, she has been involved in research projects on curriculum and assessment for Umalusi and written several technical reports as the leader of the Business Studies team. She has supervised and co-supervised postgraduate students and has been an external examiner for masters and doctoral theses. She reviewed several articles written for publication related to Business Education.

Office number:  3010

Phone number:  021 808 3793​​​

Email address:  camerica@sun.ac.za


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​Dr ML Botha, MSc, PhD (RAU)

Mathematics, Science and Technology​​​

BIONOTE OF LOUISE BOTHA​

Dr Marie Louise Botha is senior lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. She holds a BSc.Ed, BSc (Hons), Master's degree and Doctoral degree in Plant Physiology which she obtained from the then Rand Afrikaans University. She has published research articles in accredited journals and conference proceedings, presented papers nationally and internationally at various education conferences. She has co-authored and various chapters in books regarding science teaching. Dr Botha is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship on investigating science teacher education and training. Dr Botha is currently chair of the BEd programme as well as module coordinator for Natural Sciences in the BEd Programme and Life Sciences in the PGCE programme. Dr Botha specalises and lectures in Natural Sciences and Life Sciences curriculum in the BEd, PGCE and BEd Hons programmes, as well as Curriculum Studies in the PGCE. Her areas of interest includes curriculum inquiry, science teacher education, teaching and learning, teaching practice and mentorship. She has supervised and co-supervised postgraduate students and has been an external examiner for numerous theses.​

Office number:  4017

Phone number:  021 808 2293

Email address:  lbot@sun.ac.za


 

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Dr N Edwards, BSc, HDE (PG Sec), BEd (Hons), MEd (UCT) , PhD (SU)​

Mathematics, Science and Technology​​​​

BIONOTE OF NAZEEM EDWARDS

Nazeem Edwards is a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies and is currently the coordinator of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). His research interests are within the broader field of Science Education, with a particular focus on the development of students' conceptual understanding through inquiry-based science teaching. Dr Edwards has a keen interest in the use of computer-based simulations to expose students to multimodal representations of concepts.  He also works collaboratively with colleagues in Chemistry to provide high school students opportunities to learn practical skills in the laboratory.  He has been a member of the South African Educational Research Association (SAERA) since its inauguration in 2013.

Office number:  4051

Phone number:  021 808 2291

Email address:  nedwards@sun.ac.za


 

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Prof M Fourie-Malherbe, BA, HED, MEd, DEd (UFS)​

Higher Education Studies


 

BIONOTE OF MAGDA FOURIE-MALHERBE​

Magda Fourie-Malherbe is Professor of Higher Education Studies in the Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education, Stellenbosch University. She holds qualifications from the University of the Free State and Stellenbosch University, and has worked for thirty years at various public universities in South Africa as a researcher, lecturer, supervisor and senior administrator. Her research includes work on higher education governance, leadership and management, teaching and learning, quality assurance and transformation. Currently sixteen post-graduate students are doing research under her supervision, mainly on institutional factors that enhance or inhibit student success. Magda is a member of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) and the European Higher Education Society (EAIR), and serves on the Institutional Audits Committee of the Council on Higher Education. She has authored and co-authored more than forty contributions to scholarly journals, books and research reports. ​

Office number:  3048

Phone number:  021 808 3908

Email address:  mfourie@sun.ac.za


 

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Dr MF Gierdien, BSc, HED (Cape Town), PhD (Michigan State) ​

Mathematics, Science and Technology​​​​

BIONOTE OF FAAIZ GIERDIEN

Faaiz Gierdien works in the Department of Curriculum Studies as a senior mathematics educator. His research interests are in mathematics education and teacher education, with a particular focus on aspects of continuing professional development and the use of information and communications technology in relation to school mathematics reform.  His master's and doctoral students work more broadly within the field of mathematics education and its intersections with teacher education. Dr Gierdien is an associate editor of Pythagoras, the premier mathematics education journal in South Africa. Faaiz is currently a co-investigator in the Local Evidence-Driven Improvement of Mathematics Teaching and Learning Initiative (LEDIMTALI) based at the University of the Western Cape. During December 2017 he will be spending a sabbatical period at Hamburg University where he will be sharing his evolving expertise in continuing professional development-related issues. 

Office number:  4025

Phone number:  021 808 2289

Email address:  faaiz@sun.ac.za


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Dr K Horn, PGCE (Unisa), BIS, BHCSHons (Pret), MSc (Edinburgh), PhD (Stell)​

Social Sciences

BIOGRAPHY OF KAREN HORN

Karen Horn, PhD (Stellenbosch) and MSc (Edinburgh), is a NRF-rated (C2) scholar and senior lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies. She is the author of a number of scholarly articles and one book: In Enemy Hands South Africa's POWs in WWII (2015, Jonathan Ball Publishers). In keeping with her interest in prisoner-of-war history, her current focus is on Italian prisoners-of-war in the Union of South African during World War II. The aim of this project is to analyse the lived experience of war and captivity from prisoners' perspectives.  Other projects within the war and society genre include military nursing and narratives within war correspondence.

Office number:  4016

Phone number:  021 808 2268

Email address:  karenhorn@sun.ac.za


 

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Dr E Lampen, BScHons (RAU), MEd (Stell), PhD (Witw)

Mathematics, Science and Technology

BIONOTE OF ERNA LAMPEN

Erna Lampen is a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Her research interests are within the broader field of pre-service teacher education, with particular focus on aspects of learner and teacher identities in relation to problem-centred mathematics; learning to notice and respond to learner reasoning; and developing conceptual teacher talk specifically in the content areas of geometry and statistics. Her Master's and Doctoral students work broadly within school mathematics education and mathematics clubs. ​

Office number: 4026

Phone number:  021 808 2292

Email address:  ernalampen@sun.ac.za


 

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Dr Krystle Ontong, BEd, HonsBEd, MEd, PhD (SU)​

Social Sciences​ , Geography

 BIONOTE OF KRYSTLE ONTONG

Krystle Ontong is a newly appointed lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Her research interests are within the fields of geography and environmental education, with specific reference to place-conscious education, place-based education and sustainability education. Krystle obtained both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Stellenbosch University (2004-2013). After the completion of her doctoral degree in 2013 she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the same institution. Throughout the course of her studies she received several merit awards and scholarships such as the Rector's award for academic achievement as well as the Andrew Mellon and NRF bursaries. She was also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society for being amongst the top 15% of undergraduate students at Stellenbosch University.

Office number:  4050

Phone number:  021 808 3645

Email address:  krystle@sun.ac.za


 

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Dr RR Nathanson, BA, HED, Dip Specialisation in Remedial Education (DSA RE), BAHons, MEd, PhD (Stell)​

Language Education and Language in Education

 

BIOGRAPHY OF RENEE NATHANSON

Renee Nathanson is a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. She has a Ph.D. in school-based approaches to literacy instruction and is dedicated to improving language and literacy instruction at school and university levels. Currently, she is running a research project that investigates how the use of tablet devices impact on teaching and learning in university and school settings. In particular, the project aims to use iPads as a means of moving away from a lecture-based approach to a student-centred, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. To facilitate the transition from university to school, she works closely with partner schools where student teachers can to do their practicum. She received the Stellenbosch University's Rector's award and the Rotary Club of Gordon's Bay's award for outstanding contribution to local communities. She serves on the Advisory Council of the London Education Research Symposium and has published several articles on the professional development of literacy teachers in peer-reviewed journals.

Office number:  3018

Phone number:  021 808 2282

Email address:  rrn@sun.ac.za


 

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Mr J Ruiters, DipEd (Dover College), FDE-Language-in-Education (UPE), Teacher Trainer Certificate (TVU-London), MA-ELT (TVU-London)​

Language Education and Language in Education

​BIONOTE OF JOHN RUITERS

John Ruiters is a lecturer: English Education in the Department of Curriculum Studies. His research interests are in Applied Linguistics, broadly, but more specifically in Language Policy and Planning, Multilingual Education, Integrating Language and Content, Teacher Education and Assessment for Learning. He teaches modules on Multilingual Education at PGCE and Honours level. John has completed a MA in English Language Teaching, and a Teacher Trainer Certificate at Thames Valley University in London. His current Doctoral research focusses on lecturer decision-making in complex multilingual settings.

Office number:  3018

Phone number:  021 808 3968

Email address:  johnr@sun.ac.za


 

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Prof PN Rule, BA, BAHons, MA TESOL (London), HDipEdAd, PhD (Wits)​

BIONOTE OF PETER RULE

Peter Rule is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies and the Centre for Higher and Adult Education in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. His research interests include various aspects of adult and higher education: adult learning in Africa; dialogue and learning; learning in relation to HIV and AIDS; disability and learning; community education; curriculum; students' conceptions of research; and case study research methodology. He has chaired the boards of a number of educational non-governmental organisations and is a member of Umalusi's Assessment Standards Committee and Research Forum. His books include, Dialogue and boundary learning (Sense Publishers, 2015) and, with Vaughn John, Your guide to case study research (Van Schaik, 2011).

Office number:

Phone number:  021 808 2297 

Email address:  prule2015@sun.ac.za


 

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Prof M Robinson, BA (Cape Town), Drs Onderwijskunde (Leiden), HDE (Cape Town), MEd, DEd (UWC)​

BIONOTE OF MAUREEN ROBINSON​

Maureen Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies.  She has worked as a high school teacher, teaching English and various others subjects at Windermere and Heideveld Senior Secondary Schools, and a lecturer and materials developer at the University of the Western Cape, teaching in the fields of action research and curriculum innovation. She has served as Dean of the Faculty of Education at two universities: the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (2002-2012) and Stellenbosch University (2012-2017). Her research interests are teacher education, professional learning and educational reform and she has published widely on this topic. She has served on the executives of various national and international policy structures, most recently the South African Education Research Association (SAERA) and the Education Deans' Forum.  In 2013 she was a Fulbright scholar to the USA.  She currently holds a NRF C1 rating. ​

Office number:  1006 (from 2018, room 3015)

Phone number:  021 808 4812

Email address:  mrobinson@sun.ac.za


 

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Dr M van der Merwe, BTech (Technikon SA), MA, DLitt (Stell)​

Language Education and Language in Education

BIONOTE MICHELE VAN DER MERWE

Dr Michele van der Merwe is a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies:  Afrikaans.  She lectures Afrikaans Language education, with specific focus on linguistics education on undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research field is lexicography, with spesific focus on educational lexicography, subject lexicography as well as electronic lexicography.  She also does research on the use of technology in language education. Dr Van der Merwe is the convener for the Language Focus Group and co-ordinate the BEd Honnors Language education course module.  She is the project manager for the Suid-Afrikaanse Wynindustriewoordeboek (South African Wine Industry dictionary, as well as MobiLex, which is a cellphone dictionary for students at the University of Stellenbosch. Dr Van der Merwe is a member of the subject associations, The African Association of Lexicography (Afrilex) and Research in Lexicography (RELEX).​

Office number:  4011

Telephone number:  021 808 2396

Email address:  michelevdm@sun.ac.za

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Ms PP Kese, BTech, MA (CPUT), ALASA​

Language Education and Language in Education

BIONOTE OF PHUMLA KESE​

Phumla Kese is a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University (SU).  Her Master's degree in Education Management entailed course work in Curriculum Studies and her   study was on listening practices to promote academic success.  Her PhD work is about the use of African languages for advancing discipline-specific academic literacy practices in a multilingual higher education environment.  She likes Onomastics as part of the African culture. Her research interests are on alternative ways of knowledge construction to supplement traditional pedagogical methods.  Phumla has deep passion for creative writing and story-telling in English/isiXhosa for literacy enhancement.  Her academic research initiatives are premised on Humanising Pedagogies and the Pedagogy of Presence.  She is a member of the Language Focus Group in the Department of Curriculum Studies, SU.  In 2016, she received Stellenbosch University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference Award for best practice-based presentation for a paper titled:  Story-telling for enhancing facilitation of listening comprehension: The homecoming of the spoken word.​

Office number:  2003

Phone number:  021 808 3971

Email address:  phumla@sun.ac.za


 

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Prof LLL le Grange, Distinguished Professor, BSc (UWC), HDE, BA, MEd (Cape Town), PhD (Stell)​

Science Education and Environmental Education, Research Methodology, Curriculum Development​

BIOGRAPHY OF LESLEY LE GRANGE

Lesley Le Grange is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University. He holds a BSc degree from UWC, BA, HDE(P/G)sec, BEd, MEd cum laude from UCT and a PhD from SU. He is a former chair of the Department of Curriculum Studies and former Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. Lesley teaches and/or researches in the fields of environmental education, research methodology, science education, curriculum studies, higher education studies and assessment. He has 193 publications and serves on editorial boards of eight peer-reviewed journals. He has delivered 145 academic presentations (53 as invited speaker) and is recipient of several academic awards and prizes. He is a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Council on Higher Education in South Africa and Vice-President of the International Association of the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS). Lesley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (UK) and a rated social scientist in South Africa.​

Office number:  4013

Phone number:  021 808 2280

Email address:  llg@sun.ac.za


 

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Prof CPS Reddy, BScHons, MPhil (UWC), PhD (Stell) ​

Curriculum Studies, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science & Technology​

BIONOTE OF CHRIS REDDY

Chris Reddy is a professor in Curriculum studies in the faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. His research interests include Curriculum Studies, Environmental Education and Teacher Education. He has published regularly in all three areas and publications include journal articles, book chapters and popular articles in professional journals. He lectures on and co-ordinates post graduate teacher education programmes and co-ordinates the Masters in Education (MEd) in the Department of Curriculum Studies. Chris Reddy is also the co-ordinator of the Environmental Education Programme, University of Stellenbosch (EEPUS), a unit which does research and development work as part of social impact of the faculty. He has been awarded many research grants for conducting his research projects from parastatal organisations as well as private foundations and trusts. He has been involved with funded national research projects and also served as project leader for projects in Stellenbosch and other parts of the country with in-service teachers. ​

Office number:  4052

Phone number:  021 808 2259

Email address:  cpsr@sun.ac.za


 

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Prof C van der Walt, NHD, MA (PU for CHE), DLitt (Pret) 

Language Education and Language in Education

BIONOTE OF CHRISTA VAN DER WALT​

Christa van der Walt is professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her area of specialisation is in the use of English as a language of learning and teaching in multilingual contexts, at school and at tertiary level.  Her postgraduate students focus their projects on English language teaching, academic literacy development and curriculum change within multilingual contexts. She received the prestigious Von Humboldt fellowship and is editor of the academic journal Per Linguam. She is an NRF-rated researcher and sole author of a book Multilingual Higher Education: Beyond English-medium Orientations, published in 2013 by Multilingual Matters. Her latest book publications are Multilingual Universities in South Africa (2014, co-edited with Liesel Hibbert) and Academic Biliteracies: Multilingual Repertoires in Higher Education (2017, co-edited with David Palfreyman), both published by Multilingual Matters.​

Office number: 

Phone number:  021 808 2284

Email address:  cvdwalt@sun.ac.za


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Dr HM Wessels, BAEdMus, BMus Hons,(UP), DipMus (IO), MMus (Pret), DEd (Unisa)​

Mathematics, Science and Technology​​​​

BIONOTE OF HELENA WESSELS

Helena Wessels a senior lecturer in Mathematics Education at Stellenbosch University and is associated with the Research Unit for Mathematics Education (RUMEUS). She is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate Mathematics Teacher Education, and manages local and international social impact programmes. Her research interests are preservice teacher education, effective teaching and learning of mathematics and statistics through modelling and problem solving; lesson study, creativity and technology in education. She holds a three-year teaching grant from Stellenbosch University in which she focuses on researching and improving teaching and learning in Higher Education with technology.Helena is a member of the Organising Committee of the Western Cape branch of the South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education (SARAECE). She is chair of the organizing committee for the 18th International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematical Modelling and Applications that is hosted in Cape Town in 2017. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications.

Office number:  4024

Phone number:  021 808 2286

Email address:  hwessels@sun.ac.za


 

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Mr AS Xeketwana, BA (Rhodes), NOS (Rhodes), MA (Stell)

IsiXhosa Education

BIONOTE OF SIMTHEMBILE XEKETWANA

Simthembile Xeketwana is a lecturer in the Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). His research interest is within the language and education, in particular genre-based pedagogy in schools. He emphased on teaching different genres as per the CAPS specifications. His students are prepared to teach in South African schools, more especially with regards to teaching of isiXhosa. Simthembile is currently working on his Phd, where he is looking at the intersections between research, policy and practice. He is particularly interested in investigating the way previosly disadvantaged African Languages are being taught in schools.

Office number:  2002

Phone number:  021 808 3935

Email address:  asx@sun.ac.za