Education Policy Studies
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Prof Nuraan Davids,  BA (Hons), HDE, MPhil (UCT), PhD (SU)​  (Chairperson)


Departmental chair; Democratic citizenship education; Islamic Education; Gender issues; Leadership and Management inquiry


Nuraan Davids is an Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education. Her research interests include democratic citizenship education; Islamic education; and leadership and management inquiry. She is an Associate Editor of the South African Journal of Higher Education, and an Editorial Board Member of Ethics and Education. She is the recipient of a number of research and teaching awards, which includes the NRF Research Excellence Award for Female Emerging Researcher (2015); the Stellenbosch University Distinguished Teacher Award (2017); and the CHE/HELTASA National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Commendation (2017). Her list of international books include: Women, cosmopolitanism, and Islamic education: On the virtues of education and belonging (2013, New York & London: Peter Lang Publishing); Citizenship education and violence in schools: On disrupted potentialities and becoming (with Y. Waghid, 2013, Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers); Ethical dimensions of Muslim education (with Y. Waghid, 2016, New York & London: Palgrave Macmilllan); Educational leadership-in-becoming: On the potential of leadership in action (with Y. Waghid, 2106, New York & London: Routledge); Philosophy and education as action: Implications for Teacher Education (with Y. Waghid, 2017, Lanham, MD (US): Rowman & Littlefield – Lexington Series); Tolerance and Dissent within Education:  On cultivating Debate and Understanding (with Y. Waghid, 2017, New York & London: Palgrave MacMillan).

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Prof Yusef Waghid, HDE (UWC), BEd (UWC), MEd (UWC), DEd (UWC), PhD ( SU), DPhil ( SU) (Distinguished Professor)


Philosophy of Education; African Philosophy of Education; Democratic Citizenship Education; and Moral Education  


Yusef Waghid is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He joined Stellenbosch University almost two decades ago as Director of the Centre for Educational Development and has been full Professor of Philosophy of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies since 2002. He was also Chair and, Dean of the Faculty of Education. He holds three doctorates in the areas of Philosophy of Education (Western Cape), Education Policy Studies, and Philosophy (Stellenbosch). He is a fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), internationally acclaimed scholar, B rated with the National Research Foundation. Since 2005, he is Editor-in-Chief of South African Journal of Higher Education. He has 327 research publications – 27 books and collections, 210 journal articles, 62 book chapters, 22 conference proceedings & 13 book reviews.

His latest books that accentuate his research foci, include, African philosophy of education reconsidered: On being human (London: Routledge, 2014); Pedagogy out of bounds: Untamed variations of democratic education (Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers, 2014); (co-editor with Chapman, J., McNamara, S. & Reiss, M.) International handbook for learning, teaching and leadership in faith-based schools (Dortrecht: Springer Press, 2014); Dancing with doctoral encounters: Democratic education in motion (Stellenbosch: Sun Press, 2015); (co-author with Davids, N.) Ethical Dimensions of Muslim Education (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016); (co-author with Waghid, F. & Waghid, Z.) Educational Technology and Pedagogic Encounters: Democratic Education in Potentiality (Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers, 2016); (co-author with Davids, N.) Educational Leadership-in-Becoming: On the Potential of Leadership in Action (London: Routledge, 2017); (co-author with Davids, N.) Philosophy of Education as Action: Implications for teacher education (Malham, MA.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017); (co-editor with Higgs, P.) Philosophy of Education Reader (Cape Town: Juta, 2017); (co-author with Davids, N.) Education, assessment and the desire for dissonance (New York: Peter Lang, 2017); (co-editor with Davies, I., Peck, C., Sant, E., Kiwan, D. & Paterson, A. International Handbook of Citizenship Education (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017); (co-author with Davids, N.) Education and tolerance (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017); and (co-editor with Davids, N.) African democratic citizenship education revisited (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017).

In 2011 he was honoured with the National Research Foundation (NRF) Special Recognition Award: 'Champion of Research Capacity Development at Higher Education Institutions in South Africa' in recognition of his influence and significant contribution towards the transformation of the social science community in South Africa; and in 2014 he received the prestigious Education Research in Africa Award: Outstanding Mentor of Education Researchers from the Association for the Development of Education in Africa. He has promoted 22 PhDs and three post-doctoral fellows to completion, supervised 20 MEds to completion, examined 40 doctorates and 18 M's, and currently promote 12 PhDs and supervise 5 M's.

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Prof Berte van Wyk , BSc (UWC), HDE (UWC), BEd (Unisa),MEd (UWC), PhD (SU)


Higher Education; African Philosophy; Institutional Culture; Philosophy of Education


Berte van Wyk is an Associate Professor in Philosophy of Education, and his research focuses on three areas: African philosophy, higher education, and institutional culture. On African philosophy: he has published on several areas such as the African university, the future of university research in Africa, curriculum in an African context, and the reconstruction of modern Khoisan identities. He co-edited a book 'Indigenous Concepts of Education: Toward Elevating Humanity for All Learners' in 2014. This book contains philosophical, sociological, as well as political perspectives on how indigenous communities develop concepts which serves as drivers for (the) education that articulate their aspirations. On higher education, his research focuses on the form and direction which higher education should take and what new approaches and relevant paradigms are worth pursuing. Relevant publications here relate to: political consciousness, affirmative action, the transformation of university teaching and learning, and democracy and social justice. On institutional culture: this concept remains under-studied, and his research focuses on the cultures of typologies of higher education institutions in South Africa, such as Traditional Universities, Universities of Technology, and Comprehensive Universities.

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Prof Aslam Fataar ,BA (UWC), HDE (UWC), BA Hons ( UWC), MEd( UWC), MPhil (UWC), PhD (UWC) (Distinguished Professor)


Sociology of Education


Aslam Fataar is a Distinguished Professor whose scholarship resides in the areas of Sociology of Education and Education Policy. Prof Fataar is also former Vice Dean: Research of SU's in the Education Faculty and former HOD of the Department of Education Policy Studies. He  started his academic career as a junior lecturer in 1995 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He also previously taught high school in Lotus River for six years. He completed his MA in 1992 and PhD in 1999 at UWC, has served as a Visiting Professor at Ohio University in 1999 and did a Fulbright Research Scholarship at Illinois University from August 2005 until June 2006.  He is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education.

 Prof Fataar held an NRF B-rated scholar from 2009 to 2015.  His first published book in 2011 is titled Education Policy Development in the South African transition. His second book, published in 2015, is titled, Engaging schooling subjectivities across post-apartheid urban spaces.

 He also does active service work on two UNESCO commissions, one is the UNESCO Country Commission on educational development in Southern Africa and the other is the Global City Network initiative based in Hamburg. 

 Prof Fataar does development work in various education associations, via his editorship of the accredited journal, the Southern African Review of Education (2009-2016), and his leadership role in the establishment of the South African Education Research Association of which he is the current outgoing President. He has supervised 22 Phd theses and 43 M.Ed theses.

In addition to his two alone authored books, he published over 80 articles, co-edited 5 books, and was guest editor of 4 special journal additions.  He held numerous research projects, has given keynotes addresses at conferences all over the world, and won two awards for his publications, which are, 1) the Joyce Cain award for best article in comparative education (2008), and 2) the Pringle award for best education article in South Africa (2011).

 He was awarded a medal of honour by the Education Association of South Africa in 2015 for his scholarly and academic development work. 

 Prof Aslam Fataar of Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Education has recently been recognised for his outstanding service to the academic study of education, as well as his service in this sector. He was awarded a Medal of Honour by the Education Association of South Africa (EASA), an inclusive organisation of academics, researchers, and practitioners who all prioritise educational research, particularly in South Africa.

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Dr Jerome Joorst, HDE ( Bellville College of Education),  BEd Hons(UWC), MEd (UWC),  PhD ( SU)  ​


Sociology of Education, Rural Youth Agency Educational Governance, Management & Leadership, Education Law


Dr Joorst is a lecturer in the Department of Education Policy Studies in the Education Faculty of Stellenbosch University. He has 18 years of teaching experience in rural high and primary schools as well as field experience as a Whole School Evaluator in the Western Cape Education Department. His current teaching modules include Perspectives in Education Systems for fourth year B.Ed. students, Educational Governance, Management and Leadership for P.G.C.E students as well as Introduction to Research Methods for online B.Ed. Honours-students. Dr Joorst also supervises Masters-students in the area of Sociology of Education and Educational Leadership and Management. His research interest is on rural teachers and learners' positionality in the education system. Dr Joorst is also a senior mentor in the SchiMathUS-program of Stellenbosch University where he facilitates disadvantaged students' entry into university. His recent publications include:

2017: Die navigasiepraktyke van leerders uit arm, landelike gebiede. Litnet Akademies (Opvoedkunde)

2015: How do young people do their schooling in impoverished circumstances? South African Review of Education.

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Mrs Simone Alexander (Departmental secretary)

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 Mr Marco Beukes (Assistant)

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