Leadership Deputy-Academic Leader: Science and Tech. Education
I develop module materials, teach and assess the following undergraduate modules: Natural Science Method 2, Biological Science for Educators 310, Life Sciences Biological Systems 1, Introduction to Teaching and Learning Natural Science. I also develop module materials, teach and assess the following Honours modules: Curriculum Development in Science and Mathematics Education, and Teaching and Learning in Science and Mathematics Education. I developed materials for Climate Change Education for in-service teachers, which was funded by Belgium organization VVOB.
Based on my expertise in the field of science education, I was requested to conduct an independent review of the Natural Sciences CAPS document by the chief director of Curriculum Implementation and Monitoring located in the National Department of Education. I served as a consultant representing tertiary institutions on the review panel for Science school textbooks for the Department of Basic Education. My expertise in the field of science education, resulted in me being selected as an examiner for the International Junior Science Olympiad, and I serve as the examiner for the SAASTE National Life Sciences Olympiad. I was nominated as plenary speaker in the 3rd BRICS Young Scientists Forum to facilitate the Young Women in Science dialogue. I represented UKZN at the HRDC Mathematics and Science Standing Committee (which advises Higher Education Ministry) and specified themes for Life Sciences content in the initial teacher training curriculum. Appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the College of Humanities Human and Social Sciences Ethics Committee. Also
appointed to the editorial board of Agenda feminist journal. Represented (and continue to represent) UKZN as a partner in the national Fundisa for Change Programme. Appointed by Government (GTAC) to write the Education Chapter on Covid-19 and the Education Sector. Developing MoU with Mauritius Institute of Education to research Science teacher education.
Awarded NRF grant of R744 000. Received the LEAP scholarship award to the value of R57 000.Received Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award from UKZN. Exploring support seeking behaviours of male undergraduate students at UKZN. I am the lead researcher on the project and was awarded R100 000 by the UTLO in lieu of this project.
An emerging research nexus area where social justice, education in general and science education in particular, intersect, is captured by my publications, research projects and conference presentations. This is an interdisciplinary field, and I address the following issues using a social justice lens: gender, transformative environmental education, alternative knowledge systems, and decolonizing the curriculum, as these apply to science education in particular and education in general. My publications are used to advance discourses related to human emancipation by making visible oppressive constructs, with a view to changing these.
The outcomes in my modules resonate with calls for a humanistic approach to education, as well as with goals of the National Development Plan (NDP) Vision 2030 to improve ourselves through creativity, and to promote an active citizenry capable of addressing poverty and deprivation. Students cultivate school gardens for food security, health and nutrition in order to achieve these outcomes. I encourage pre-service teachers to adopt a humanist approach to science teaching and to enable learners and their communities to become self-reliant, and this articulates with the NDP Vision 2030 for communities to be self-sufficient. The theory of cultural production underpins this activity, because pre-service teachers are taught to empower impoverished communities through food gardening, for example, and simultaneously leverage knowledge from their communities.
I supervise various postgraduate students at the honours, masters and doctoral levels
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