Professor Zubeida Desai
Welcome to the Faculty of Education’s website. Research has consistently shown that good teachers can play a significant part in influencing young children’s lives, especially in economically deprived areas. The Faculty’s initial teacher education programmes combine disciplinary knowledge with pedagogical content knowledge so that the teachers we send out into schools are able to apply the knowledge they have acquired in diverse school contexts.
The Faculty of Education currently offers a wide range of professional and academic programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These programmes are designed to develop the intellectual, academic and professional capacity of students in teaching and related professions. They cover fields such as teacher education (both pre-service and in-service), adult education, higher education and vocational education and disciplinary areas such as language education, science and mathematics education, educational psychology, sociology of education, educational leadership and management, curriculum studies, comparative education and policy studies. Our programmes also prepare our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who contribute positively to the advancement of their communities.
The Faculty has a long history of innovative research in education, particularly with regard to its initial programmes in teacher education. It has identified four major research niche areas as its priority for the next five years. These are:
Language as educational, social and contextual practice in multilingual contexts
Systemic approaches to development in diverse education contexts
Science and Mathematics Education
We are committed to producing competent, caring and innovative graduates who can make a positive difference in the classroom and society at large.
We invite you to explore our website further so that you can identify programmes you are interested in.