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Dr Visvaranie Jairam
Position Lecturer
Discipline Educational Psychology
Phone 031-260 1438
Email jairam@ukzn.ac.za
Office Address Educational Psychology, Main Tutorial Building,CS 133.

Research Interests

Child Sexual Abuse, Sexuality Education, Inclusive Education, Learning Difficulties, Behavioural Difficulties.

Teaching Interests

Psychological Assessments in Education, School Psycho-educational Support, Human Development and Learning, Perspectives on Human Nature, Introduction to Inclusive Education, Assessment and Educational Intervention, School Guidance, Education Studies, Life Orientation, Guidance and Counselling

Publications / Selected Publications

Journal Articles

In process: “From theory to practice: Pre-service teachers’ knowledge of inclusive education activated within initial teacher education and its enactment in practice”: V. Jairam and M. Samuel

Chapters in Books

“I’m not trained as a counsellor, but I know I have to do something”: Basic counselling strategies for teachers. Teaching and HIV & AIDS. Claudia Mitchell and Kathleen Pithouse. Macmillan. 2009.

Community Involvement

  • Pro bono counselling to students.
  • Talks to schools on learning difficulties and psychosocial issues.
  • Enhancing well-being in schools and communities.

Teaching Expertise

  • 21 years experience as an Educator at both primary and secondary schools.
  • 13 years experience as a lecturer at tertiary level:
    • Undergraduate: Co-ordinating and teaching experience; Managing teaching programmes; Compiling course packs for modules.
    • Honours: Co-ordinating and teaching experience; Managing teaching programmes; Compiling course packs for modules.
    • Masters: Co-ordinating and teaching experience; Managing teaching programmes; Compiling course packs for modules; Co-ordinating research.
    • Honours: Managing research programmes: Co-ordinating independent research projects.
    • Co-ordinating the honours qualification at discipline level.
    • Co-ordinating the discipline of educational psychology

Student Supervision

Extensive research supervision at Honours, Masters and PhD levels.


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