School of Education

Nadaraj Govender

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Nadaraj Govender
Nadaraj Govender Associate Professor

Seniority Prof.

Discipline Science Education

Emailgovendern37@ukzn.ac.za

Contact Number 031-260-3469

Campus Edgewood Campus

Office Address CU140, Tutorial Block

Last Updated 4 days ago

Degrees Held

  • PhD, UWC, 1999
  • MSc (Physics), UDW, 1991
  • Sc Hons (Physics), UDW, 1989
  • BEd Hons -Education, UNISA, 1986
  • Paed (Sc), UDW, 1982

Experience

  • 7 teaching in primary and high schools, 12 years at Springfield College of Education,15 years at UKZN, in fields of physics, physical sciences, physical sciences methods; science and IKS education at honours, masters and PhD level. Cluster Leader in Science and Technology  from 2005-2010 and 2014-5 in School of Education.

Accomplishments

  • NRF funding for Astronomy year 2009, Publications in journals and books

Awards

  • NRF ThuThuka grant

Research Interests

  • Physics Education
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • ICT

Teaching Interests

  • Physics Education and Phy Sc Methods
  • Issues (IKS, ICT etc) in Science Education
  • Assessment in Science Education

Selected Publications

Conferences

  • Rule, L.C. & Lassila, K., Govender, N. and Myeni P (2004). Restoring Science Education in Apartheid –created areas of South Africa. Proceedings of the International Conference on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, Volume II, pages 203-206. Edited by F. Malpica, F.Welsch, A Tremantle, and Suarez. 21-25 July, Orlando, Florida, USA [paper present by Rule. 50% contribution]
  • Govender, N., (2004). Physical science educators’ perceptions of the inclusion of astronomy and their conceptions in astronomy with regard to the new FET Physical Sciences curriculum in SA. A poster-paper presented at the International Conference in Physics Education. University of Kwazulu-Natal, July.
  • Govender, N., (2004). Primary schools teachers understanding of astronomy. A paper presented at the International Organization for Science & Technology Education, Poland, July.
  • Govender, N., Bansilal, S., James, A.A. and Stears, M. (2007). “Dynamic Group Learning: vital ingredients that makes the attendance of international conferences worthwhile. In Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, edited by I. Mutimucuio and M. Cherinda. Maputo: Eduardo Montlane University Press.
  • Good and Govender (2010). Preservice teachers’ conceptions of scientific literacy. In V Mudaly (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 18-21 January 2010, Pinetown, KZN.
  • Naidoo and Govender (2010). Post-graduate teachers’ knowledge of and classroom practice of NOS. Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Durban, UKZN.
  • Maharaj, N, Brijlall, D and Govender, N (2010). Al learning theory approach in Calculus: motivating a theoretical framework. Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Durban, UKZN.
  • Govender, N. (2011). A phenomenographic study of physics students’ understandings of forces and sign conventions in mechanics. In   V Mudaly (Ed.), Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 18-21 January 2011, NW University,
  • Govender, N. (2011). Using the Complexity Theory in Understanding Issues in Indigenous Knowledge Systems-Implications for Postgraduate Curriculum Development. 5th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference Abstracts, 26- 28 September, Westville Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Govender, N., James, A., & Mudaly, R. (2012). IKS and Chiefs and Sangomas- a case for multilogical dialogue for IKS inclusion into the academy. Race, Power and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Conference. UKZN- PMB, KZN.
  • Govender, N. (2012). Exploring the PCK of preservice physics students using PhET simulations. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 15-19 January 2012, Lilongwe, Malawi, pp.
  • Govender, N. (2012). Indigenous Knowledge System contributions of Ngunis of Southern Africa (Zulus & Swazis) towards science, technology and social justice education. IOSTE XV International Symposium, 28 October 2012, Yasmine, Hammamet, Tunisa.
  • Govender, N. (2012). ProvincePreservice physics students’ experiences of ICT simulations and traditional practicals in Light and the Photoelectric Effect. International Conference’s Proceedings-The Institute of Science and Technology Education (ISTE), Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park, October 21 – 26, 2012, Limpopo.
  • Govender, N. (2013). Masters science students’ perceptions, views and conceptual change of indigenous knowledge-science and technology development in pre-and post-colonized Africa-an analysis via TAP and CAT frameworks. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, UWC, Belville, Cape Province.
  • Govender, N (2013). The role of elders (Zulu and Indian women) in KZN in ecofeminism-a case study of IKS. In proceedings of the 4th International Conference of the Science and Indigenous Systems Project, 29th-31st Oct, UWC, Bellville, Cape Province.
  • Govender, N. (2014). Developing Pre-service teachers’ Pedagogical Knowledge through integrating concept maps and collaborative learning in Electromagnetism. Proceedings of the 22st Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, NMMU, Port Elizabeth, E. Cape.
  • Govender, N., & Govender, D. (2014). Change of Science Teachers’ Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Media Resources and its Pedagogical Use in Science Classrooms in a Developing Country. Mocambique.
  • Govender, N. (2014). How memories are stored in custodians of Zulu culture via their indigenous knowledge system! Memory in Africa. 2nd Annual Memory Studies Conference, 14-15 November 2014, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
  • Linder, A., Eriksson, M., Govender, N. and Linder, C., 2014. Algebraic signs in introductory kinematics: How university physics students conceptualize their use in problem solving. In Poster presented at the International Conference on Physics Education, August 18-22. Córdoba Sheraton Hotel, Córdoba, Argentina.
  • Govender, N., Kriek, J., & Dega, B.G. (2015).  International Conference’s Proceedings-The Institute of Science and Technology Education (ISTE), Mopani Camp, Kruger National Park, October 21 – 26, 2015, Limpopo Proceedings of ISTE 2015 International conference on Mathematics, Science and technology Education.
  • Govender, N., Mudaly, R, & James, A.  (2015). 10th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference Abstracts, 27- 29 September, Southern Sun Hotel, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Govender, N., Good, M-A., & Sibanda, D.  (2016). 11th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference Abstracts, 27- 29 September, Southern Sun Hotel, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Ndlovu, C, James, A., & Govender, N.  (2016). Contextualising the Agricultural Curriculum: A case of an Agricultural College in Zimbabawe. 11th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference Abstracts, 27- 29 September, Southern Sun Hotel, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Govender, N., & Zulu, B.G (2017). Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, CUT, Bloemfontein, Free State.
  • A. James, R. Mudaly & N. Govender (2017). 1st Environmental sustainable action and community development in Environmental Conference Abstracts, 24- 26th January, UKZN, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Govender, N (2017). Working with farmers to develop curricula in science education. 2nd Environmental sustainable action and community development in Environmental Conference Abstracts, 4- 2th April, UKZN, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Govender, N. (2018). Careers in SMT and Engineering. Minquiz KZN urban and rural teachers seminar presentation on 17 May at UKZN, Edgewood Campus
  • Juggernath, A & Govender, N. (2019). Learner Perceptions and Attitude as Barriers Identified by Natural Science Teachers in Integrating ICT in Technology Rich Environments. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 15-17th Jan, 2019. Durban. Editors: Govender et. al.
  • Olaniyan, A.O., & Govender, N. (2019). Assessing pre-service teachers’ conceptual knowledge of mechanical waves. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 15-17th Jan, 2019. Durban. Editors: Govender et. al.
  • Govender, N., & Juggernath, A, (2020). SCIENCE TEACHERS’ CRITICAL REFLECTIONS OF ICT USE IN A WELL-RESOURCED SCHOOL (Long peer-reviewed paper-DHET approved). Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 14-16th Jan, 2020. Port Elizabeth. Editors: Pamela Vale, Lise Westaway, Zukiswa Nhase & Ingrid Schudel. ISBN 978-0-6398352-0-4
  • Olaniyan, O.A., & Govender, N, (2020). An Investigation of University Physics Students’ Conception of the Propagation of Sound (Long Peer-reviewed Paper-DHET approved). Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 14-16th Jan, 2020. Port Elizabeth. Editors: Pamela Vale, Lise Westaway, Zukiswa Nhase & Ingrid Schudel. ISBN 978-0-6398352-0-4.
  • Govender, N (2020). Poster presentation. SUBSISTENCE FARMERS’ HABITS OF MIND AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SCIENCE. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Southern African Association for research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 14-16th Jan, 2020. Port Elizabeth. Editors: Pamela Vale, Lise Westaway, Zukiswa Nhase & Ingrid Schudel. ISBN 978-0-6398352-0-4.

Supervision

Community Engagement

  • (2003-2005), Teachers and students’ understanding in basic astronomy. National Research Foundation- Thuthuka Grant, visited SALT telescope in Sutherland and created a video for SALT for lecturer and students’ use.
  • (2006-2010), Indigenous Astronomy, Field trips conducted to Northern- Southern KZN
  • (2009), Year of Astronomy-, Created and developed National Astronomy Senior Primary Olympiad for grades 8/9 and Junior Primary School Designed and modelled Solar System to scale and hung in science- technology corridor.
  • (2012-13), ICT simulations Project in Physical Science, Explored how ICT simulations software can enhance learning and
  • (2013-2014), Developing a framework of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of IKS learning and teaching in education Explored pre-service education students’ and their community’s ethno-astronomical
  • (2014-2016). Preservice students’ understanding of Gases. The aim    was to explore     conceptual    understanding of Gases using concept maps drawn via ICT.
  • (2014-15), Swedish and SA students’ understanding of signs in physics. Worked with UCT, Uppsala and UKZN in Mechanics in Physics.
  • (2018-2018), Small scale farmers knowledge and skills for inclusion in developing education An exploration of IKS in farmers and integration into curricula.
  • (2019/20), Subsistence farmers use of ICT. Exploring how ICT is used by local farmers.
  • (2001-2019), Minteks sponsored quiz for Grade 12 learners held at Edgewood Campus annually.