School of Education

Asheena Singh-Pillay

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Asheena Singh
Asheena Singh-Pillay Academic Leader, Senior Lecturer

Seniority Dr.

Leadership AL: BE.d Programme

Discipline Technology Education

Emailpillaya5@ukzn.ac.za

Contact Number 031-260-3672

Campus Edgewood Campus

Office Address Room UH103

Last Updated 2 weeks ago

Degree held

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

Experience

  • 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 interest

  • Design process in technology education
  • Assembly drawings and sectional drawings in engineering graphics and design
  • Technical and vocational education and training
  • Socially responsible Science and Technology education
  • Sustainable development and green technologies
  • Curriculum/policy issues in STE
  • Practical work  and process skills in STE
  • Gender and STE
  • School –industry – community interfaces
  • Indigenous Knowledge systems (IKS)
  • Service learning
  • Student engagement in STE
  • Community based participatory action research
  • Actor network theory

Teaching interest

  • Service learning
  • Practical work in STE
  • IKS
  • Curriculum  in STE
  • Research in STE
  • Project based learning
  • Sustainable development and technology
  • Natural and life sciences
  • PBL/Community engagement
Selected

Publications

Experience

  • 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 and in 2018. For the past 31 years, I have been involved in the field of Science and Technology Education as high school teacher of Physical sciences, Life Sciences 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  following project:
    • Safer learning environment project, which was funded by the NRF (2014-2016). I also work on the UTLO support project.
    • Academic help seeking behaviour of male students, funded by UTLO(2016-17)
    • Towards a socially responsible technology education, funded by UTLO(2014 to date)
    • Pre- Service technology teachers’ reflective practice: (2016-to date)
    • Exploring the effectiveness of practical work as a teaching strategy in technology education. ( 2014 – to date)
  • I have served as an internal examiner of PhD and Master’s thesis of UKZN. I have examined master’s and PhD  thesis for UNISA & DUT.  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.
Students

Supervision

I currently supervise 7 PhD and one masters student