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Dr. Leonard Molefe

Position Lecturer
Discipline Science Education
Phone 031 260 3447
Email lenny2m@yahoo.co.uk (preferred) | molefe@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Edgewood Campus
Office Address CU102

Degrees Held  

  •  BSc. Ed. (NUL); MPhil, PhD (UCT)

Experience:

University of KwaZulu–Natal:

  • Lecturer | Biological Sciences for Educators and Natural Sciences (2014present)
  • Tutor (Science Practical Work) | Biological Sciences for Educators and Natural Sciences (2013)

University of Cape Town:

  • Researcher (Parttime) | CHED CITL Large Classes Project (2011)

Awards:

University of KwaZulu–Natal:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (20132014)

University of Cape Town:

  • AW Mellon Foundation PhD in Humanities Fellowship (2008–2009)
  • Spencer Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (20062007)

Research Interests:

  • Science Process Skills | Development of Science Process skills Beyond a Classroom | Practical Work in Science Teaching

Teaching Interests:

  • Teacher Education | Scientific Skills | Practical Work in Science Teaching | Life Sciences Concepts

Community Involvement/Outreach:

  • Science Education Specialist (Volunteer) | MathAfrica (http://mathafrica.org/) (2014 – Present)
  • Mintek Minquiz (2015 – Present)

Publications/Selected Publications (2013 – 2016):

Journal Articles:

  • Molefe, M.L., Stears, M. & Hobden, S. (2016). Exploring student teachers’ views of science process skills in their initial teacher education programmes. South African Journal of Education, 36, (2), 1-12.
  • Molefe, M.L. & Stears, M. (2014). Rhetoric and reality: Teacher educators’ views and practice regarding science process skills. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 18, 219–230

Complete Research Record:

  • Molefe, M.L. & Stears, M. (2016). Understanding how science process skills meld with the scientific method: Student teachers’ views through a lens of scientific inquiry. In W. Mwakapenda, T. Sedumedi, & M. Makgato (Eds.), Proc. 24th Conf. of the Annual Meeting of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE) (pp. 334-335). Pretoria, South Africa: Tshwane University of Technology.
  • Molefe, M.L. & Stears, M. (2014). Exploring pre-service teachers’ preferences of laboratory activities in undergraduate science courses. In P. Webb, M.G. Villanueva, & L. Webb (Eds.), Proc. 22nd Conf. of the Annual Meeting of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE) (pp. 228-230). Port Elizabeth: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
  • Molefe, M.L. (2011). A study of life sciences projects in science talent competitions in the Western Cape, South Africa, with special reference to scientific skills and knowledge (Published doctoral dissertation). University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. 
  • Molefe, M.L. (2009). Expo students’ developed process skills and their pertinent life histories: An experience with Western Cape High Schools students. In A. Engelbrecht, N. Mafumo, S. Geschier & M. van Heerden (Eds.), Proc. 9th Conf. of the Education Students’ Annual Regional Research (p. 43). Stellebosch University.
  • Molefe, M.L. (2008). School students’ developed process skills and understanding of Life Sciences-based knowledge: Case studies of experiences of Expo students in the Western Cape. In L. Madzima, N. Mafumo, D. Mwepu, J. Divala, P. Rambe, C. Mosito, O. Birabi, J. Condy, R. Shanyanana, C. Kwenda, N. Katjivine & F. Abbas (Eds.), Proc. 8th Conf. of the Education Students’ Annual Regional Research (p. 27). University of Cape Town.
  • Molefe, M.L. (2008). The attainment of process skills and learning outcomes in an ESKOM Expo project on Fynbos plants. In M.V. Polaki, T. Mokuku, & T. Nyabanyaba (Eds.), Proc. 16th Conf. of the Annual Meeting of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE) (pp. 97-108). Maseru, Lesotho.
  • Molefe, M.L. (2007). High school learners’ attainment of process skills and learning outcomes in Life Sciences-based Science Talent Quest (Expo) projects. In J. Dival, H. Phillips, D. Mwepu, J. Condy, B. Thuynsma, J. September, C. Mosito, D. Smith, F. Abbass, G. Ouma, K. Adams, K. Rochford, L. Matzima, R. Lipumbu, R. Chetty & C. Arries (Eds.), Proc. 7th Conf. of the Education Students’ Annual Regional Research (p. 25). Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
  • Molefe, M.L. (2007). The attainment of technological skills processes and learning outcomes in a Science Talent Quest project comparing two model boats. World Transactions in Engineering and Technology Education, 6 (1), 165-169.
  • Molefe, M.L. (2006). A comparative study of four Life Sciences projects in the 2006 Expo competition, with special reference to process skills and learning outcomes. In K. Jaffer, G. Ouma, D. Mwepu, L. Manina, A. Daniels & L. Holtman (Eds.), Proc. 6th Conf. of the Education Students’ Annual Regional Research (p. 22). University of Western Cape.
  • Molefe, M.L. (2003). The attainment of science process skills, knowledge and insights by students investigating the retention and drainage of water in soils (Unpublished Master’s thesis). University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. 
  • Molefe, M. (2002). The attainment of science process skills, knowledge and insights by students investigating the retention and drainage of water in soils. In A. Inal, Y. Omar, K. Rochford & J. Baxen (Eds.), Proc. 3rd Conf. of Education Students’ Research (pp. 42-43). University of Cape Town.
  • Molefe, M.L. (2001). Teachers’ views and perceptions of science practical work in relation to their actual practice at senior secondary schools in Lesotho. In J. Baxen & K. Rochford (Eds.), Proc. 2nd Conf. of Education Students’ Research (p. 39). University of Cape Town.

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