School of Education

Makie Kortjass

Makie Kortjass

Position

Lecturer

Discipline

Early Childhood Education

Email

Kortjassm@ukzn.ac.za

Contact Number

031-260-3669

031-260-5252

Campus

Edgewood Campus

Office Address

S507 Main Tutorial Building

Degrees Held

  • Bachelor of Arts (Univeristy of Zululand)
  • Honours Bachelor of Education (UNISA)
  • Master of Education (Higher Education) (UKZN)

Research Interests

  • Early childhood mathematics
  • An integrated learning approach in teaching early childhood mathematics
  • Arts-based methods in teacher education

Teaching Interests

  • Undergraduate courses: Numeracy in the Early Years
  • Mathematics Teaching and Learning for Foundation Phase

Selected Publications

  • Kortjass, M. (2019). Enriching teaching through artefacts: An early childhood mathematics teacher educator’s self-study project. Educational Research for Social Change, 8(2), 70-85.
  • Kortjass, M. (2019). Reflective self-study for an integrated learning approach to early childhood mathematics teacher education. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 8(2), 1-11.
  • Masinga, L. Myende, P., Marais, A., Singh-Pillay, A., Kortjass, M., Chirikure, T., & Mweli, P. (2016). “Hear our voices”: A collective arts-based self-study of early-career academics on our learning and growth in a research-intensive university. Educational Research for Social Change, 5(2),117-135.
  • Kortjass, M. (2016). ‘I think I can teach’: The preparation of mathematics early childhood education teachers. Journal of Education Studies, 14(1), 1-19.
  • Dhlula-Moruri, M. N., Kortjass, M., Ndaleni, T., & Pithouse-Morgan, K. (2017). A stove, a flask, and a photograph: Learning together through object inquiry in self-study research. In D. Pillay, K. Pithouse-Morgan & I. Naiker (Eds.), Object medleys: Interpretive possibilities for educational research (pp. 81-89). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Kortjass, M. (2019). Going beyond boundaries by creating collages in my self-study doctoral journey. Paper presented at the South African Education Research Association (SAERA) Conference, held at the Southern Sun Elangeni/Maharani Hotels, Durban, South Africa, 22 October 2019.
  • Kortjass, M. (2018). Making an integrated learning approach to early childhood mathematics tangible: A teacher educator’s self-study. Paper presented at the South African Education Research Association (SAERA) Conference, held at the Saint George Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa, Sun Elangeni/Maharani Hotels, Durban, South Africa, 23 October 2018.
  • Kortjass, M. (2018). Enriching teaching through artefacts: An early childhood mathematics teacher educator’s self-study project. Paper presented at the South African Association for Early Childhood Education (SARAECE) Conference, held at the Forever Hotel Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa, 11 May 2018.
  • Kortjass, M. (2016). Innovative strategies: Putting into practice an integrated learning approach in early childhood numeracy teacher. Paper presented at the South African Education Research Association (SAERA) Conference, held at the Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa, 25 October 2016.
  • Kortjass, M. (2016). An integrated learning approach to early numeracy teaching: A teacher educator’s experiences. Paper presented at the University of Zululand Teaching and Learning Conference, held at the Premier Hotel, Richards Bay, 19 May 2016.
  • Kortjass, M. Ndlovu, B., Madonda, N., & Mzimela, J. (2015). Taking a ‘selfie’ into our practice: A collaborative self-study in early childhood teacher education. Paper presented at the UKZN Teaching and Learning Conference, held at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban, 22 September 2015.
  • Masinga, L., Kolobe, L., Singh-Pillay, A., Kortjass, M. Chirikure, T., & Ndlovu, B., (2015). Re-Imagining higher education policy implementation: Can policy learn from practice? Complexities, Challenges and Possibilities. Paper presented at the UKZN Teaching and Learning Conference, held at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban, 22 September 2015.
  • Henning, E., Kortjass, M., Mphahlele, R., Webb, L., van der Haar, H., Mathews, C. (2020). Pedagogic standards for primary mathematics teacher education: Towards a signature pedagogy for numeracy teaching. Paper presented at Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SAARMSTE), held at the Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, 16 January 2020.

University Service

  • Panel member in Masters research proposal review committees
  • I served as a representative for research in Early Childhood Development – National Curriculum Framework: Umalusi investigation
  • I served as a member of the organising committee for the three day Colloquium on corporal punishment: “Corporal Punishment Conversations: Beyond Hopelessness and Helpessness”, held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Education (Edgewood Campus), 26-28 September 2018.
  • I served as a member of the organising committee for the 2nd South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education (SARAECE) KZN Regional Conference: “Transforming Early Childhood Education for a better future” held at the University of KwaZuly-Natal, School of Education (Edgewood Campus), 10 November 2017.

Teaching Expertise

  • Early childhood education, integrated learning approach in early childhood mathematics, arts-based approaches in early childhood education.

Student Supervision

  • Supervising Independent Research Project

  • Joashnie Naidoo (2018). Educators’ knowledge and understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A case study of a semi-rural school in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Balungile Jennifer Gumede (2018). Exploring Foundation Phase teachers’ strategies in enhancing reading skills to intellectually challenged learners.