School of Education

Melanie Martin


Dr. Melanie Martin

Discipline Social Justice Education

Contact Number 033-260-6456

Last Updated 8 months ago

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


  1. Ngema, Z.A.  (2014).  The geographies of the schooling experiences of immigrant children at a primary school in KwaZulu-Natal.
  2. Hlatshwayo, G.M.  (2016).  Children’s conception of spirituality and morality:  Narratives of eight Grade 3 learners
  3. Sikhakhane, H.D.  (2016).  Bullying at a high school in KwaZulu-Natal:  Narratives of eight Grade 10 learners
  1. Jordan, B.  Student Number:  203402258: Emotional geographies of learning:  Narratives of African second language learners.
  2. Kheswa, N. Student Number 901311850:  Geographies of career aspirations:  Narratives of teen parents
  3. Zondi, M  Student Number:  952059975:  The geographies of disabled learners:  Voices from adolescents from a rural context
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Children’s Geographies Project


  1. 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.
  2. 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.