Education Policy Studies
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Head of Department

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 Master's 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 SciMathUS-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 (Opvo


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

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Prof Nuraan Davids,  BA (Hons), HDE, MPhil (UCT), PhD (SU)​  


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


Nuraan Davids is a ​Professor of Philosophy of Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University. She is an NRF rated researcher, whose research interests include democratic citizenship education, Islamic philosophy of education, philosophy of higher education, and leadership and management inquiry. She is a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2020 -2021). She is  the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Education in Muslim Societies, 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 include the NRF Research Excellence Award for Female Emerging Researcher (2015), the Stellenbosch University Distinguished Teacher Award (2017), the CHE/HELTASA National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Commendation (2017), Stellenbosch University Research Excellence Award (2015; 2016; 2018; 2019), and the Stellenbosch University Media Thought Leader Award (2018; 2019). Her most recent book publications include: Teaching, friendship and humanity (Springer, 2020; co-authored with Y. Waghid); Teachers Matter: Educational Philosophy and Authentic Learning (Rowman & Littlefield – Lexington Series, 2020; co-authored with Y. Waghid); The Thinking University Expanded: On Profanation, Play and Education (Routledge, 2020; co-authored with Y. Waghid)​

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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 holds doctorates in education, policy, and philosophy from the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University in South Africa respectively and is among Africa's leading philosophers of education today. As a distinguished professor at Stellenbosch University he has been a prolific author with 379 publications to date of which forty-three are academic books and seventy-three invited contributions to books. His commitment to the advancement of doctoral education including having promoted thirty-one candidates to completion and examined seventy-eight doctorates culminated in having been honoured by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa in 2015 as a worthy recipient of the prestigious Education Research in Africa Award: Outstanding Mentor of Education Researchers. His most notable scholarly contributions in the field of African philosophy of higher education feature in significant international scholarly books which include, inter alia, Higher Teaching and Learning for Alternative Futures (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2021, with Zayd Waghid, Judith Terblanche & Faiq Waghid); Academic Activism Reimagined: Towards a New Philosophy of Higher Education (Springer, 2020, with Nuraan Davids); Towards a Philosophy of Caring in Higher Education: Pedagogy and Nuances of Care (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2019); Education for Decoloniality and Decolonisation in Africa (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2019, with Chikumbutso Herbert Manthalu); Rupturing African Philosophy of Teaching and Learning (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018, with Faiq Waghid & Zayd Waghid); and African Philosophy of Education Reconsidered: On Being Human (Routledge, 2014). In recognition of his scholarly works and having published in many of the leading journals in his field, the National Research Foundation in South Africa rated him as an internationally acclaimed scholar who provides exemplary leadership in advancing philosophy of higher education in Africa. Concomitantly, he pioneered Africa's novel MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Teaching for Change, selected by the SDG Academy of the United Nations: Class Central as a free online international course to learn about the United Nation's sustainable development goals (2016-2020). He was honoured with the editorships of two prominent academic journals, namely Citizenship, Teaching and Learning (since 2018), and South African Journal of Higher Education (since 2005) through which he meritoriously supports scholars to publish their seminal works. From 2020 to 2021, he collaborated with renowned international scholars on a leading UNESCO pioneered research project, Education for Flourishing and Flourishing in Education initiated by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development. His advancement of higher education in Africa is also acknowledged by the Council of Higher Education in South Africa of which he has been a board member since 2019.

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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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Mrs Simone Alexander (Departmental secretary)

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 Mr Marco Beukes (Assistant)

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