School of Education

Melanie Martin

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Melanie Martin

Position Lecturer
Discipline Social Justice
Phone 033 260 6456
Campus Edgewood Campus
Office Address

Degrees Held

  • B.A.  B.Ed; Masters; PhD



  • Joined university in 2012 until present in the Social Justice Discipline, Pietermaritzburg campus.

Research Interests

  • Social Justice Education – equity in education; social justice and pedagogy, social identities and oppression; education and inequality

Teaching Interests

  • Social Justice Education; education and social inequality; gender and education, diversity, pedagogy, curriculum and social justice



  • Ngema, Z.A.  (2014).  The geographies of the schooling experiences of immigrant children at a primary school in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Hlatshwayo, G.M.  (2016).  Children’s conception of spirituality and morality:  Narratives of eight Grade 3 learners
  • Sikhakhane, H.D.  (2016).  Bullying at a high school in KwaZulu-Natal:  Narratives of eight Grade 10 learners


Main Supervisor:

  • Jordan, B.  Student Number:  203402258: Emotional geographies of learning:  Narratives of African second language learners.
  • Kheswa, N. Student Number 901311850:  Geographies of career aspirations:  Narratives of teen parents
  • Zondi, M  Student Number:  952059975:  The geographies of disabled learners:  Voices from adolescents from a rural context
  • Singh, S.  Student Number:  204400940:  An exploration of the pedagogical practices and experiences of Grade R educators in assisting learners in acquiring a second language.
  • Zwezwe. A.  Student Number:  213570676.  An exploration of English second language teachers’ experiences when teaching English as a second language to Second Language learners.

Community Involvement/Outreach:

  • Children’s Geographies Project


Journal Articles

  • Martin. M & Muthukrisha, N.  (2011). Deconstructing discourses of gender equality in cross-gender friendships:  Grade seven boys and girls in an inner city school.  Gender & Behaviour, 9(1), pp. 3798-3816.
  • Martin, M & Ngcobo, J.  (2015).  Social Justice as a conduit for broadening curriculum access:  Stories from classroom teachers.  Perspectives in Education, 33(1), 87-99.