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Busisiwe Alant

Position Senior Lecturer
Discipline Technology Education
Phone 031 260 7606
Email alantb@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Edgewood Campus
Office Address FH111, MTB,
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Degrees Held

  • B. Paed (Science Education); Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, M. Ed (Science Education), PhD (Physics Education)

Profile

Experience:

Undergraduate teaching/tutoring:

  • BSc (Conceptual Physics – University of the Western-Cape) – (1998 to 2001)
  • BEd (3rd year Natural Sciences – University of Pretoria) -  (2002)
  • BEd (3rd year Technology Education - EDTE320 - UKZN) Renewable Energy Technologies
  • BEd (1st year Technology Education – EDTE120) Systems and Control (Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic and pneumatic systems)
  • BEd (Integrated Natural Sciences and Technology – EDLAS 310)

Postgraduate teaching:

  • BEd (Honours)

School wide modules:

Understanding Research - EDRS701 (2005-2007)

Science and Technology Education modules:

  • Materials Development in Mathematics and Science - EDMS701 (2006)
  • Research in Technology Education – EDTE704E1 (2007- 2012)
  • Indigenous Science and Technology Education – EDTE703E2 (2007-present)
  • Curriculum Development in Technology Education – EDTE701E2 (2008- 2012) 

M Ed (Science & Technology Education)

  • African Studies in Science & Technology Education – EDA803EC (2007-2011)

PhD seminars and supervision – 2005 to 2012

  • Joint-PhD supervision of students from different Universities in Southern Africa at South African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE) PhD Research School – (2012).
  • Joint PhD supervision and seminar presentations/workshops – Project SUSTAIN students – Joint collaborative research project between universities in Norway and Southern Africa (2008-2013).
  • Joint PhD supervision and seminar presentations/workshops for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year cohort groups – Faculty of Education, UKZN (2005-2010).

Accomplishments:

  • I have successfully supervised to completion 15 Masters and 4 PhD students in Science and Technology Education.
  • I have signed an MoU with the CSIR – 2017: UKZN-CSIR CON 4280 – (Awarded by the NRF/CSIR for 2017-18 with an allocation of R100 000.00 per year for Project 1 below).

Awards:

  • PROJECT 1:
  • Mainstreaming Climate Smart Technology Adaptation in South Africa’s Small-Holder Farmers’ Everyday Agricultural Practices

    • Main Supervisor: Dr. B. P. Alant
    • Co-supervisor: Dr. T. Ndarana (CSIR/UP)
    • PhD students: Mr. G. Nwokocha – Research focus: The Place and Space of IKS
    • Mr. O. Bakare – Research focus: The Place and Space of ICT

    This research project is part of a larger study by the CSIR’s Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) which is the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism and its objective is to facilitate the transfer of climate technologies to the developing countries for climate change adaptation and adoption.

  • PROJECT 2:
  • Public Understanding of Renewable Energy Technologies in Nigeria

    Awarded by the NRF for:

    • 2014 / 2015:  Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration with an allocation of R26 500.
    • 2015 / 2016: Innovation Masters and Doctoral Block Grants with an allocation of R120 000.
    • Main Supervisor: Dr. B. P. Alant
    • PhD student: Mrs N. Wojuola (Graduated in 2017)

    The aim of the research is threefold: First, to explore public attitudes and understanding of Nigerians on the concept of renewable energy technologies in order to establish what informs attitudes and understanding. Second, to determine the interface between public’s attitude and understanding of renewable energy technologies and sustainable living. Third, to use the findings in deriving the implications for science and technology education policy in Nigeria.

    Norwegian Cooperation Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU) with an allocation of 6 000 000NOK – grant for the project entitled: “Broadening access into a socially responsible science and technology education” 2007-2013.

    NUFU award for meeting the target in terms of recruiting 50% or more females into the above-mentioned project. Out of the 8 students who were recruited for PhD studies 6 were female. Out of the 10 students who were recruited for Masters, 5 were female. We were granted 50 000NOK.

    The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) – Linking Science Educators Program (LESP) award – for successfully organizing a research workshop for young researchers in Mathematics and Science in Malawi. We were granted US$5000.

    Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science Award

    Bronze medal for best Masters:  M.Sc. [Science Education] (cum laude), UDW. Title: "An Exploration of the Relation between Meta-learning and Conceptual Change in the Development of the Conceptions of Force of Six Grade 7 Pupils" awarded in 2000.

     

Research Interests:

  • Socially relevant and sustainable Science and Technology Education:

    • Science and technology teachers’ conceptions;
    • Project SUSTAIN’s students’ conceptions;
    • The use of community based participatory action research (CBPAR) in rural communities of practice.

    Climate change adaptation and adoption:

    • IKS practices and their use to mitigate and adapt to climate change;
    • Climate Smart Technologies and their use in adapting to climate change;

    Skills development:

    • Skills mismatch and TVET graduate employability;
    • TVET provision in SA and Nigeria;
    • Skills development in Biotechnology Education;

    Renewable Energy Technologies (RET):

    • Public understanding of RET;
    • Teachers’ attitudes, beliefs and knowledge of RET;

    Design:

    • Learners’ use of drawings in designing;
    • Creativity in Design and Technology;
    • Teachers and lecturers’ understanding of the design process in Technology Education;
    • The use of Web 2.0 tools to facilitate collaborative design amongst undergraduate engineering students.

    Problem-solving:

    • Researching Problem Solving in Introductory Physics;
    • Undergraduate engineering students’ strategies to integrate mathematical ideas into their learning of Physical Electronics;
    • The place and space of troubleshooting in undergraduate electronics engineering education programmes.

Teaching Interests:

  • Socially relevant and sustainable Science and Technology Education;
  • The use of community based participatory action research (CBPAR) in implementing out-of-school Science and Technology programmes in rural communities;
  • Representation of design solutions through drawing;
  • The use of familiarity in Problem solving;
  • Indigenous Science and Technology;
  • Appropriate and alternative energy technologies for the developing world;
  • Design / Systems thinking in Systems and Control;
  • Science, Technology and Society.

Supervision:

  • I am currently supervising 5 PhD students and 1 MEd student.

Community Involvement/Outreach

  • In collaboration with the School of Engineering, we are developing an incubator for technologically innovative young and talented students. The project began in May 2017.

Publications/Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Alant, B. & Sherwood, M.P. (2017). Grade 3 Learners’ Representation of their Solutions to a Design Problem through Drawing: A Semiotic Analysis. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 21(1): 74-85.
  • Wojuola, R. N. & Alant, B. (2017). Public Perceptions about Renewable Energy Technologies in Nigeria. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 9(4): 399-409.
  • Singh-Pillay, A., Alant, B. & Nwokocha, G. (2017). Tapping into Basic 7-9 Science and Technology teachers' conceptions of Indigenous Knowledge .in Imo State, Nigeria. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 21(2): 125-135.
  • Singh-Pillay, A. & Alant, B. (2015). Tracing the mediation process in the Implementation of a Change in the Life Sciences Curriculum. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 19(1): 12-22.
  • Buck, J. L., Alant, B., Ellis, D. & Sherwood, R. (2014). International Exchange: The attitudes and aspirations of Technology Education students in the United States and South Africa. Technology Interface International Journal, Volume 4 (2), Spring/Summer Issue: 39-48. ISSN: 1523-9926.

Chapters in Books

  Forthcoming Chapters (3)
  • Legg-Jack, D. W. & Alant, B. (Accepted). The use of information and communication technology (ICT) enabled onboard diagnostic system tool in the teaching of Motor Vehicle Mechanics (MVM): A case for Port Harcourt Technical College in Nigeria. Springer Book: Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation (LNISO). “ICT for a better life and a better world”. Manuscript ID: Paper 43.
  • Thompson, R & Alant, B. (Accepted). Integrated computing and contextualised nutrition education for young mothers in resource limited rural settings. Springer Book: Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation (LNISO). “ICT for a better life and a better world”. Manuscript ID: Paper 45.
  • Wojuola, R. N. & Alant, B. (Accepted). Estimated electricity billings in Nigeria: The place of ICT. Springer Book: Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation (LNISO). “ICT for a better life and a better world”. Manuscript ID: Paper 49.
 

Complete Research Record

  Published articles (13)

  • Alant, B. & Sherwood, M.P. (2017). Grade 3 Learners’ Representation of their Solutions to a Design Problem through Drawing: A Semiotic Analysis. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 21(1): 74-85.
  • Wojuola, R. N. & Alant, B. (2017). Public Perceptions about Renewable Energy Technologies in Nigeria. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 9(4): 399-409.
  • Singh-Pillay, A., Alant, B. & Nwokocha, G. (2017). Tapping into Basic 7-9 Science and Technology teachers' conceptions of Indigenous Knowledge .in Imo State, Nigeria. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 21(2): 125-135.
  • Singh-Pillay, A. & Alant, B. (2015). Tracing the mediation process in the Implementation of a Change in the Life Sciences Curriculum. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 19(1): 12-22.
  • Buck, J. L., Alant, B., Ellis, D. & Sherwood, R. (2014). International Exchange: The attitudes and aspirations of Technology Education students in the United States and South Africa. Technology Interface International Journal, Volume 4 (2), Spring/Summer Issue, pp. 39-48. ISSN: 1523-9926.
  • Kroone, D. & Alant, B. (2012). Competing with the tuck shop: How can I influence teenage food choices in this South African high school? Educational Research for Social Change (ERSC), Volume 1 (1), pp. 69-84. ISSN: 2221-4070.
  • Kroone, D. & Alant, B. (2012). Understanding influences on teenage food choices in a Durban High School with a view to improving praxis. International Journal of Consumer Studies. Special Issue: Insights from the African continent. Guest Editor: Aleta Erasmus Volume 36, Issue 4, pp. 472–479.
  • Kyle, B., Sinnes, A., Alant, B., Nampota, D. Kazima, M. & Onwu, G. (2011). Editorial. A Special Issue: Socially responsible Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. African Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp. 1-4.
  • Alant, B. (2010). “‘We cross night’: Some reflections on the role of ‘expos for young scientists’ as a means of accommodating disadvantaged learners into the field of science and technology”. Perspectives in Education, 28(4), 1-10.
  • Alant, B. (2007). Reflections on Kenton 2007. Journal of Education. Periodical of the Kenton Education Association, No. 42: 159-160.
  • Vithal R. & Alant, B. (2005): Editorial: Speaking the curriculum: learner voices and silences - challenges for mathematics and science education in the twenty first century. Perspectives in Education, 23(3), vii-x.
  • Alant, B. (2004) Researching Problem Solving in Introductory Physics: Towards a New Understanding of Familiarity. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 8(1), 29-40.
  • Malcolm, C. & Alant, B. (2004) “Finding direction when the ground is moving: Science Education Research in South Africa”. Studies in Science Education, 40, 55-110.

Chapter in a book (1)

  • Malcom, C. & Alant, B. (2007). Science Education Research in Southern Africa in Nagao, M Rogan 77-142.

Conference proceedings and presentations (22)

  • Wojuola, R. N. & Alant, B. (2017). Knowledge, perceptions and attitude of Nigerian teachers towards Renewable Energy Technologies. Paper presented at the Association of Educational Development in Africa (AEDA) Conference held at the Blue Waters Hotel, Durban. Conference theme: “Education and Development in Africa” - April 03 – 05, 2017.
  • Chinenye, G. & Alant, B. (2017). African Traditional Medicine: From Representation to Practice in Formal Education Processes. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Africa Conference at The University of Texas at Austin. Conference theme: "Rupturing Colonial Legacies: Colonialisms and Decolonizations in Africa and the African Diaspora" - March 31-April 2, 2017.
  • Chinenye, G. & Alant, B. (2017). Mainstreaming Climate-Smart Technology Adaptation in South African’s Farmers’ Everyday Agricultural Practices: The Place and Space for Indigenous Knowledge Systems Paper presented at the 17th Annual Africa Conference at The University of Texas at Austin. Conference theme: "Rupturing Colonial Legacies: Colonialisms and Decolonizations in Africa and the African Diaspora" - March 31-April 2, 2017.
  • Legg-Jack, D. W, Alant, B. & Singh-Pillay, A. (2016). Creating employable technical college (TC) graduates in Nigeria: stakeholder perspective. Paper presented at the Association of Educational Development in Africa (AEDA) Conference held at the Protea Hotel Waterfront, Richards Bay. Conference theme: “Education and Development in Africa” - April 04 – 06, 2016.
  • Murphy, J. L., Alant, B. P. Keys, J. (2016). Technology Education Students in the United States and South Africa: Program Perception and Career Preparation, Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Technology, Education, and Development Conference, March 08, 2016. Published online at https://iated.org/concrete3/virtual_session_detail.php?event_id=24
  • Wojuola, R. N. & Alant, B. (2015). A Study on Public Understanding of Renewable Energy Technologies in Nigeria and its Implications for Science and Technology Policy and Education. Paper presented at the Association of Educational Development in Africa (AEDA) Conference held at the Protea Hotel, Breakwater Lodge, Waterfront, Cape Town. Conference theme: “Education and Development in Africa” - April 13 – 15, 2015.
  • Mabaso, B. & Alant, B. (2015). ACE technology educators understanding of the design process and its influence on their pedagogical practice. In Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARSMTE), Maputo, Mozambique, 13-16 January 2015.
  • Kroone, D. & Alant, B. (2012). Understanding influences on teenage food choice. Paper presented at the International Federation for Home Economics World Congress, Melbourne. Published online at http://he.ifhe.org/914.html
  • Kroone, D. & Alant, B. (2012). Creative research methods for teenage food choice. IFHE World Congress XXII 2012: Global Wellbeing. D. Prendergast (Ed.). Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 16 - 21 July, 2012. p.71. abstract ID: 117.
  • Jafta, T.D. & Alant, B.P. (2012). On infusing democracy and critical science into science pedagogical practice: A teacher’s reflection In Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARSMTE), Crossroad Hotel, Lilongwe, 16-19 January 2012.
  • Singh-Pillay, A. & Alant, B. (2012). Tracing the School-DoE-Industry interface in respect of SKAV development in the context of Bio-Technology. In Proceedings of the 20 th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARSMTE), Crossroad Hotel, Lilongwe, 16-19 January 2012.
  • Singh-Pillay, A. & Alant, B. (2012) Interfacing actors at nodes: Curriculum policy as bricolage. ISTE International Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Proceedings. In D. Mogari, A. Mji and U. I. Ogbonnaya, (Eds.). Towards effective teaching and meaningful learning in Mathematics, Science and Technology, Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa, 22-25 October 2012, ISBN: 978-1-86888-722-4.
  • Kroone, D. & Alant, B. (2011). Development, diet and diabetes: Understanding contemporary influences on teenage food choices in a peri-urban high school in South Africa. 10th International SAAFECS Conference: Building A New Identity. A. Erasmus; E. Kempen (Ed.). St. George Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 – 11 March, 2011.
  • Kroone, D. & Alant, B. (2010). Taking Control of The Tuckshop: How can we influence teenage perspectives on sustainable nutrition in schools? Paper presented at the NMMU Action Research Conference, Action Research: Exploring its transformative potential. Wood (Ed.). Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 19 – 20 August, 2010.
  • Sinnes, A. T., Kyle, Jr., W. C. & Alant, B. P. (2010). What is a Socially Responsible Science Education? Perspectives from Students in Project SUSTAIN. In Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARSMTE), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 18-21 January 2010.
  • Singh-Pillay, A. & Alant, B. (2010). Tracing the School-DoE-Industry interface in respect of SKAV development in the context of Bio-Technology. In Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARSMTE), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 18-21 January 2010.
  • Singh-Pillay, A. & Alant, B. (2009). Tracing interfaces using Actor Network Theory. In Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARSMTE), Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 19-22 January 2009.
  • Kroone, D. & Alant, B. (2009). What's in the Lunchbox? Making a Difference with Technology Education. Seventh International Primary Design and Technology Conference (CRIPT): Making the Difference. C. Benson, P. Bailey, S. Lawson, J. Lunt, W. Till (Eds.). Birmingham City University, Birmingham.
  • Alant, B.P. & Sinnes, A. (2008). Actor-Network and Feminist theories as constitutive of a theoretical framework for a science and technology education concerned with sustainable development, in T. Mokuku, V. Polaki and T. Nyabanyaba (Eds), Proceedings of the 16th annual conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE), Maseru, Lcsotho.
  • Pillay, A. & Alant, B.P. (2008). Exploring the interface between industry and schools: A case for the NCS-FET Life Science policy, in T. Mokuku, V. Polaki and T. Nyabanyaba (Eds), Proceedings of the 16th annual conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE), 14-18 January 2008, Maseru, Lcsotho.
  • Jafta, T.D. & Alant, B.P. (2008). On the democratisation of the learning space: A case for Grade 8 Natural Sciences learners. Paper presented at the SAARMSTE 2008, Maseru, Lesotho 14-18 January 2008, Maseru, Lesotho.
  • Alant, B. (2006). “‘We cross night’: Some reflections on the role of ‘expos for young scientists’ as a means of accommodating disadvantaged learners into the field of science and technology” in E. Gaigher, L. Goosen, R.de Villiers (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th Annual Meeting of Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE), Groenkloof Campus University of Pretoria, 177-183, ISBN: 0-620-35513-1
 

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