Sebenzile Helga Ngema

Degrees Held

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD: Science Education);2023
  • Master of Education (MEd); University of KwaZulu-Natal; 2011
  • Bachelor of Education Honours (B.Ed. Hons); University of KwaZulu-Natal; 2006
  • Further Diploma in Education (FDE:DesTech); University of Natal; 2000
  • Secondary Teachers Diploma (STD:Sc&Math);ESCOLED; 1991


  • Lecturing and coordinating Physical Science, Natural Science & Technology undergraduate modules and PGCE EDNS 604 postgraduate module.
  • Supervising Masters and Honours research dissertation
  • Teaching Physical Sciences at school level for twenty years.
  • Worked at Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy (MSTA) as an assistant director for research.

Research Interests

  • Practical work in science education
  • Inquiry-Based Science Teaching
  • Teacher knowledge, beliefs and goals
  • Teaching and learning in Natural Sciences & Technology
  • Assessment in science education

Teaching Interests

  • Teaching Chemistry in Physical Sciences
  • Teaching pedagogy in PGCE Natural Sciences
  • Teaching Integrated Natural Sciences & Technology
  • Teaching method modules in Physical Science and Natural Science.

Selected Publications

Community Involvement

  • 2021- UKZN Science and Technology and the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE): STEM education for the 21st century citizenship
  • 2017 to date: SAARMSTE member
  • 2016 to date: member of UKZN Mintek Minquiz

Teaching Expertise

  • Developing inquiry-based lesson plan
  • Maximising PCK for integrated science and technology
  • Conducting practical work in science education
  • Taught Physical sciences and Mathematics between 1994 to 2002
  • HOD for Sciences, Mathematics and Technology education between 2003 to 2007
  • Deputy Principal: Academic between 2008 to 2014
  • Senior Education Specialist for Physical Sciences in 2015

Student Supervision