School of Education

Desmond Wesley Govender

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Desmond Wesley Govender
Desmond Wesley Govender Associate Professor

Seniority Prof.

Discipline Computer Science Education

Contact Number 031-260-3428

Office Address S 305, Second Floor, Wing 3, Main Tutorial Block

Last Updated 4 months ago

Degrees Held

  • PhD,
  • Masters,
  • Honours in Computer Science,
  • B. Comm,
  • JSED.


Research Interests

  • ICT integration in Teaching and Learning, Technology Adoption Models/Theories, User Acceptance of Technology, Learning Management Systems in Teaching and Learning, Programming Paradigms and the Teaching of Programming.

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Science Education Methodology, Programming using an Objects First Approach.


  • Successfully completed the supervision and graduation of 4 PhD students and six masters students. Presently supervising 6 PhD students and 3 masters students.

Community Involvement/Outreach

  • Project Title: Empowering Information Technology Teachers in Economically Deprived rural Schools – SANPAD Ref No. 10/32 (2010- 2013). ).  The objective of the project was to empower teachers in IT from formerly disadvantage schools. The project involved improving IT teachers’ professional development of programming. Paired programming, problem solving, and metacognition was explored.
  • Project Title: Integration of ICT (2009 – 2011). This was an NRF funded project, post PhDProject involved the integration of ICT in 2 schools, which were part of the Vulundela Project where the focus was on empowering rural schools through ICT.