Lebala Kolobe

Degrees Held

  • PhD (Chemistry Education) ukzn 2017
  • MSc (Chemistry Education) University of the Witwatersrand (Wits,) 1998
  • BScHons (Science Education)) University of the Witwatersrand(wits 1994
  • BSc ( Biology, Chemistry double major) National University of Lesotho(NUL) 1992
  • Chemistry III (Non-degree purposes) University of Witwatersrand(Wits) 1993



  • Secondary school teaching (Natural Sciences and Physical Sciences)
  • Tertiary level teaching (Chemistry)
  • Researcher- Science Education at secondary and tertiary level

Research Interests

  • Physical Sciences teaching at school and tertiary levels, with focus on learning and instructional strategies.
  • Practitioner Research/Self-study
  • Self-Regulated learning in science
  • Approaches to learning in science

Teaching Interests

  • Practitioner research for science teachers
  • Self-study project for early career academics of the School of Education 2015 – 2017
  • Approaches to Learning in Science Education pre-service teachers


Community Engagement

  • University of Free State (UFS)-SANRAL Partnership on Science for the Future. Coordinating the Key Concepts in Science Team for the UKZN partner

Teaching Expertise

  • Pre- physical and natural sciences teacher training lecturing., focusing on basic sciences content.
  • Educator in Life and Physical Sciences in secondary schools in SA in secondary schools in SA,
  • Induction Programme Coordinator for Beginning Teachers in various specialization subjects.
  • Primary and secondary schools pre-service teacher trainees  chemistry lecturing at undergraduate level.
  • chemistry practical sessions Tutor and Demonstrator at undergraduate level.
  • Secondary school level Physical and Natural sciences educator,

Student Supervision