Ntokozo Sibusisiwe Mkhize-Mthembu

Degrees Held

  • BEd Intermediate Phase University of Pretoria (2012)
  • BEd Honours Degree in Social Justice in Education. University of KwaZulu-Natal (2014)
  • Masters Degree in Teacher Development Studies. University of KwaZulu-Natal (2017)
  • Ph.D. in Teacher Development Studies University of KwaZulu-Natal (2021)

Research interests

  • Teacher Education
  • Inclusive Education
  • Social and Emotional learning
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Self-study research
  • Arts-based research

Teaching Interests

  • Teacher Agency in Professional Learning
  • Mentoring in Schools
  • Independent Research
  • Inclusive Education


Research Interests

Keywords: Teacher Education, Inclusive Education, Social and Emotional learning, narrative inquiry, self-study research, art-based research

I view working collaboratively as an approach that encourages recognizing and celebrating each other’s efforts and achievements. I promote the culture of learning and cultivate social and emotional learning. While I understand that teaching and learning is not a solo path, I realise that every child and teacher is unique and that I need to respond to assist each of my students to develop their potential and learning styles. Therefore, my research interests are focused on instilling social justice in education and ensuring that teaching and learning is inclusive. I also have a keen interest in exploring social and emotional learning. I believe in a society that values all voices and lived experiences.

Selected Publications


The project derives from my deep interest in social Page 9 and emotional learning within the discipline of Teacher Development Studies. In my professional work and research endeavours, I strive to be a champion of and inspired by professional learning, focusing on social and emotional learning for teachers and learners. In this project, I propose assisting and supporting teachers in locating their emotional competency through dialogic engagement. A substantial part of my professional growth and development in the discipline of Teacher Education involves listening with empathy appreciating others’ realities, regardless of my perspective.

Funded by UTLO TIEQ

Community Involvement

I love giving back to the community, showing compassion to the needy, and a sense of humanity. I am involved in Joseph’s Nduli Children’s World; this is a children’s home that aims to change children’s lives positively. We believe in influencing and building their characters. The children’s home provides a stable foundation rooted in education and health care for orphaned, vulnerable, deprived and impoverished children who need care and protection. We offer a loving and safe family environment that enables children the right to a happy, educated, and skilled, develop a spiritual and healthy life.

Teaching Expertise

  • Teacher Agency in Professional Learning
  • Mentoring in Schools
  • Independent Research
  • Inclusive Education
  • Education studies: Teaching, learning and classroom practices

Student Supervision