School of Education

Asheena Singh-Pillay


Asheena Singh
Dr. Asheena Singh-Pillay
Senior Lecturer

Leadership Academic Leader: BEd. Programme

Discipline Technology Education

Contact Number 031-260-3672

Campus Edgewood Campus

Office Address RoomA147, Main tutorial building

Last Updated 9 months ago

Degrees Held

  • PhD (Science Education) UKZN
  • PG Dip HE, UKZN
  • Masters (Science Education) UKZN
  • BSc, UNISA
  • JSED, Springfield


  • I am a lecturer in the Discipline of Technology Education, Science and Technology Education Cluster, School of Education (Edgewood Campus). I have served as the Academic Discipline Head of Technology Education in 2014. For the past 31 years, I have been involved in the field of Science and Technology Education as high school teacher of Physical science, Life Science and natural science and as a lecturer of technology education at UKZN.  I serve as an examiner for the national Life Sciences Olympiad.
  • I have also served as an administrator and research assistant on Project Sustain, a 6 million Norwegian Krone project funded by NUFU. The project aimed at the promotion of Sustainable Science and Technology programs at tertiary institutions in South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. I worked with a team of national and international researchers.
  • I am a researcher on the safer learning environment project, which was funded by the NRF (2014-2016). I also work on the UTLO support project.
  • I have served as an internal examiner of PhD and Master’s thesis of UKZN. I have examined master’s thesis for UNISA.  I have moderated the ACT qualification in environmental education and Plant biology for UFS. I have reviewed abstracts for the following conferences SAARMSTE, SAERA, UTLO. I have reviewed articles for SAGE Open, Eurasian Journal of Math, Science and Technology Education.
  • I am a member of SAARMSTE 2008- to date.

Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning of engineering graphics and design,
  • Social justice issues in science and technology education,
  • Indigenous knowledge systems,
  • Practical work and process skills,
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Curriculum and policy issues in STE
  • Use of technologies in teaching STE
  • Gender and STEM education

Teaching Interests

  • Research in technology education
  • Gender and STE
  • Practical work and process skills
  • Integration of NS-TECH
  • Service learning

Selected Publications

Community Engagement

  • Advisory board of the International Organisation of Science and Technology Education (IOSTE)
  • Advisory board member of The International Society for Academic Researchers (ISfAR).
  • Advisory board member of The International Education Conference, Kotdwar, India.
  • Presented a keynote lecture at the International Education Conference in India in 2020.
  • Editor for the SAARMSTE Conference proceeding, 2019
  • Part of faculty exchange programme Chandigarh university, Punjab India, 2021

Student Supervision