School of Education

Doras Sibanda


Member: Community Engagement Committee

  • Details

  • Position Lecturer;
  • Discipline Science Education;
  • CampusPietermaritzburg Campus
  • Office AddressEducation Building, Room 36

Degrees Held

  • PhD
  • MEd
  • BEd
  • Ad DipEd
  • Cert. Ed

Research Interests

Dr Sibanda’s primary research interests are in chemistry education, specifically teaching sequences of chemistry concepts, PCK, mentoring and teacher knowledge. She has over thirteen years ‘teaching experience and has graduated masters.

Teaching Interests

  • Natural Science
  • PGCE Natural Science teaching specialization
  • Physical Science for Educators
  • Physical Science Method
  • Teaching and learning in Science
  • Assessment in Science


  • Sibanda, D & Jawahar, K (2012). Exploring the impact of mentoring in-service teachers enrolled in a Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Programme. Alternation 19 (2), 257-272.
  • Sibanda, D & Hobden, P.  (2015). Planning teaching sequences for teaching chemical bonding. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. 19(1), 23-33.
  • Sibanda, D & Hobden, P.  (2016). The Sequencing of basic chemistry topics by physical science teachers. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, DOI: 10.1080/18117295.2016.1187505.
  • Mukeredzi, T & Sibanda, D (2016) Part-time PGCE teacher-students: What do they bring to and expect from a formal programme?  Australian Journal of Teacher Education), 41(9), 80-99.
  • Govender, N, Good M-A.& Sibanda,D (2016). Preservice Teachers Collaborative Learning of Gases and Kinetic Molecular Theory (KMT) Using CmapTools©: A Variation Theory Analysis. PONTE International Journal of Sciences and Research  72 (12), 394-412.
  • Sibanda, D (2018) .Teachers’ ideas of good science teacher: A reflection of teaching sequence for high school chemistry. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (in press)


  • 2017 Ngubane L. Exploring Biological Sciences Preservice Science Teachers’ Sense Making of Assessment Feedback at a South African university, Co-supervisor 2st year  (Data collection)
  • 2017 Sisobo, S An exploration of teaching strategies used by Natural Science teachers when teaching Energy and Change content in a grade 9 classroom 2st year; Main supervisor (proposal defended).
  • 2014 Simelane. VS Exploring Pre-service Teachers’ Experiences in Learning Chemistry at a College in Swaziland. Sole Supervisor 4st year (Completed 2018)
  • 2014: Magwaza T. I. An exploratory study of factors that contribute to poor performance by Grade 10 to 12 learners in Physical Sciences in Mtunzini circuit; Main Supervisor 4st year  (Submitted)
  • 2014 Grade Zodwa Dlamini Teacher’s views of water Crisis in Manzini Region of Swaziland: A Case Study of Four Rural Primary Schools 3nd  year; Sole supervisor (Completed 2017)
  • 2014 Mfeka N Exploring the impact of water scarcity on the well-being of primary school learners in the Lubombo region of Swaziland; Sole Supervisor 3nd year (Completed 2017)
  • 2014: Samaneka. F. An exploration of Grade 10 Life Sciences teachers’ views on the implementation of the Practical examinations in Life Sciences at selected high schools in the Escort region; Co-supervisor (completed 2015).
  • 2018 Shezi Mzlosi The contextualization of Integration of ICT in Acids and Bases in Preservice Teacher  (PST) Chemistry Education1st year (co supevisor, proposal development)
  • 2018 Makokha Jane, Examining the nature of PCK of  Pre-service teachers’ in the teaching of genetics. Supervisor 1st year (proposal writing)
  • 2017 Ngema Sebenzile. An exploration of preservice teachers’ cognition about inquiry-based instruction: a Case of Fourth Year University Science Students, Co-supervisor 2rd year(proposal development)
  • 2015 Nhlengetha,Khanyisile An exploration of pre-service primary teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) in inquiry based science teaching (IBST) in a university in Swaziland.  Co-supervisor 4rd year (writing up of chapters).

Community Involvement

  • 2008- Current member of organizing committee for KZN, Minitek Quiz
  • Science Cluster representative community engagement
  • Member of SAARMSTE, ESERA