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 Dr. Karen Collett

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Faculty of Education
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Qualifications:
Tel: 021-9593894
Fax: 021-9593630
Email: kcollett@uwc.ac.za
Research:
 
 
 
 

Biography

 Areas of  Research:
• Teacher Well-Being and Diversity -  Erasmus Plus Research Study in collaboration with HEIS in Norway, Ireland, Denmark.
• Cognitive Education and school leadership development - Collaborative work with Prof. L Green and colleagues in the Education Psychology Department – 
•                UWC Teaching and Learning Grant.
• Role of Homework & study clubs on learner achievement and teacher well-being.  Grant from the Dorothea Steenbuch Foundation -2017.
• Student peer feedback and academic writing using TurnItIn – Research into teaching and learning practices at UWC.
• Health Promoting Schools – PEPFAR grant in collaboration with UWC Colleagues.

Publications

​Publications:   
Collett, K & Green, and L. (currently under review): “Walking the Talk”: A case study of the influence of an introduction to cognitive education on a group of school leaders.”
Collett, K.S. (2014). “Teacher Perceptions of the role of a primary school principal in supporting their well-being: Learning from a school in challenging conditions.” Unpublished Ph.D. thesis.  Bellville: University of the Western Cape. 
Collett, K. S., & Olsen, S. T. (2012). “Teacher Well-Being – a successful approach to promoting quality education? – A case study from South Africa.” Published in proceedings of the  4th Paris International Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Research. Paris, July 2012.
Collett, K. S., Chisulo, V.,  & Buchler, M. (2012). “Teacher well-being project – cross case study report.” Teacher Well-Being Project. Faculty of Education: University of the Western Cape.
Collett, K. S., Sonn, B. A., Hofmeester, V. J. A., & Somnath, R. (2012). “Exploratory study of factors supporting and constraining teacher well-being in South African public schools.” Unpublished  internal  report from the Teacher Well-Being Project, Faculty of Education: University of the Western Cape.
Collett, K. S., (2006).  “Reflections on the facilitation of a leadership exchange progamme for school principals to  Tanzania.” Project report.  Teacher In-Service Project: University of the Western Cape.
Collett, K. S., Sonn, B. A., van Louw, T. (2006). “A networked learning leadership safari: Strengthening south to south links though a school leadership exchange in Africa.” LEADlink: Project research report.
Collett, K. S., &  Sonn, B. A. (2005).  “Evaluation of the Shuttleworth Foundation Whole School Development Project.”  Unpublished evaluation report. Teacher In-Service Project: University of the Western Cape.
Collett, K., S & Davidoff, S. (1997). “Building a governance structure” in Teaching in the Gap: Implementing Education Policy in South Africa in the Nineties. Cape Town: Via Africa.
Collett, K. S., (1997). “Developing a staff appraisal process” in Teaching in the Gap: Implementing Education Policy in South Africa in the Nineties.  Cape Town: Via Africa.
Struthers, P., Rooth, E., Collett., K, Lawrence, E., Mohamed, S., Moolla, N., Sonn, B., Wegner, L. (2013). Health promoting schools: An action guide in context of TB and HIV and AIDS. Bellville, South Africa: University of the Western Cape.
Rudoph, N, Monson, J., Collett, K. S., Sonn, B. A., (2007).  “Champions of children handbook”,  published by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.

 

Networks

 Community Engagement: 
Newly nominated member of the Western Cape Education Council

Recent Conference Presentations
• Co- presentation SAALED conference with Prof. Nomlomo “Exploring links between multilingualism and teacher well-being within selected Western Cape primary schools.” July 2016.
• Co- presentation SAERA conference on a panel. “Enhancing Learning Design with Technology: Promising practices for higher education.” October 2016.
• Presentation EMASA conference with Prof. Lena Green: “Walking the Talk” : A case study of the influence of an introduction to cognitive education on a group of school leaders.”  September 2 -4  2017
• Presentation IACESA conference with Prof. Lena Green: “You can get a lot out of learners by the way you do things.”  23rd February 2017.
• International Seminar Student Practice Teaching and Internationalisation – Oslo and Akershus University College 7. Presentation with Prof. Nomlomo on experiences of Norwegian student teachers on teaching practice in South African schools.  December 8th and 9th 2016.
• Erasmus Plus Research Seminar 12th – 16th of December Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo Norway.  Workshop presentation on teacher well-being and multilingualim with Prof Nomlomo, Ms Ngece and two teachers from Lourier Primary School.

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