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Research Niches and Groups

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ETDP-SETA Research Chair

Prof Rosemary Cromarty

 

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+27 (0)18 299 1851

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Email

Rosemary.Cromarty@nwu.ac.za

Office

B10 – G47

Prof Bongani Bantwini

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+27 (0)18 299 4437

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Email

Bongani.Bantwini@nwu.ac.za

Office

B10 –

There are four sections to this document which describes the scope and range of work undertaken by the ETDP-SETA Research Chair in ECE and the Research Professor in Schooling. This document thus provides framing and positioning information as regards the rational for the Chair and Professor, the vision and roles associated with the Chair and Research Professor in the Faculty of Education Sciences, and in relation to the ETDP-SETA nationally. The document finishes by describing the location, working relationships, supervisory and other support functions ascribed and related to the Chair by the Faculty of Education Sciences. Though the discussions for the Chair were initiated by the NWU and the ETDP-SETA in 2014, the Chair and Professor were appointed in 2015 and commenced activities associated with the Chair and Research Professor, the actual launch and academic celebration (colloquium and inaugural lecture) to mark the institution of the Chair and Research Professor in the Faculty will occur in late 2016.

 

Reading Initiative for Empowerment (RIFE)

Prof Carisma Nel

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+27 (0)18 299 1854 / 4238

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Email

Carisma.Nel@nwu.ac.za

Office

B10 – G49

The scientific research focus of RIFE is on quality teacher preparation within the domain of reading literacy. The aim of RIFE is to contribute to the basic and applied evidence-based research scholarship on challenges teachers face in becoming quality teachers of reading literacy (specifically, theory-practice nexus, learner diversity and progress monitoring assessment).

 

Education Leadership (Edu-Lead)

Prof Jan Heystek

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+27 (0)18 299 1906

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Jan.Heystek@nwu.ac.za

Office

B10 – G21

The Niche will conduct research on leaders, managers and governance in the field of education organisations, which will include all the levels and role-players in education, namely schools, various levels in the departments of education and education NGOs, as well as private and corporate involvement in education, for example private schools. The theoretical development will emphasise the individual and the structural changes in the organisations in a complex and diverse society.

 

Community–Based Educational Research (COMBER)

Prof Lesley Wood

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+27 (0)18 299 4770 / 1234

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Email

Lesley.Wood@nwu.ac.za

Office

C6 - 248

One of the core areas of NWU is community engagement, which presents an opportunity to conduct applied research that is responsive to societal needs, and encourages participants to generate knowledge that is culturally and contextually relevant to improving their life circumstances. COMBER, aims to conduct joint research projects that lead to sustainable development and improvement in quality of life of community members.

 

Enviromental Education for Sustainable Development (EE for SD)

Dr Luiza de Sousa

Tel

+27 (0)18 299 4727

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Email

Luiza.DeSousa@nwu.ac.za

Office

Building C6 - Office 105

Environment Education for Sustainable Development is a cross curriculum approach that needs to be accommodated in all subjects offered at school and also in the training of student teachers.

The niche aims to transform learning and training by researching the integration of sustainability principles into all education and training environments. The research strives to build the capacity of pre- and in -service teachers, as well as trainers to deliver EE for SD effectively. Four foci of research are followed: Environmental management for sustainable development; Environmental issues and ESD; Socio-environmental factors in sustainable development; and Local ecological /indigenous knowledge in sustainable development.

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