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The Faculty of Education at UWC has a long history of innovative research in education, particularly in relation to the offering of research-based programmes in teacher.As part of its plans for the next five years, it has identified particular research niche areas that it will be concentrating on.

 

 Research nich areas in the Faculty of Education

 

The Faculty of Education at UWC has a long history of innovative research in education, particularly in relation to the offering of research-based programmes in teacher.As part of its plans for the next five years, it has identified particular research niche areas that it will be concentrating on. These areas straddle the full spectrum of education from school education to vocational education to adulteducation and to higher education. In addition, the focus ison key subjects such as Languages, Mathematics, Science and Technology which have posed problems at the school level, as is evidenced by the poor performance of our pupils in national and international tests. Through these niche areas the Faculty hopes to contribute to new knowledge in addressing the problems in education.

 

Niche Area 1

Language as educational, social and contextual practice

Team leader: Prof Sivasubramaniam

This research addresses a socially-aligned epistemology predicated on Ecological/ Socio-cultural and Open Dialogue approaches to language education. It is oriented toward formulating, fostering and sustaining epistemological stances that would encourage the accrual of human voice and agency in the language process as researchers grapple with a multi-lingual mandate in a contextual setting with English as a means to social empowerment.

 

Niche Area 2

Systemic approaches to development in diverse education contexts

Leader: Prof O Bojuwoye

Research pursued in this niche is underpinned by Systems Theory. The relationships between various elements of the education system are studied from a holistic rather than elemental perspective in order to better understand them and to make sound recommendations for the improvement of schooling.

 

Niche Area 3

Science and Mathematics Education

Niche Area Leader: Prof M Ogunniyi

This research addresses issues surrounding the teaching and learning of Science, Mathematics and Technology. The five research projects include a focus on Science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Argumentative Teaching in Science, the Relevance of School Mathematics Educations, Language, Technology and Mathematics Teaching and Learning, and the evaluation of outreach Science and Mathematics Education projects.

 

Niche Area 4

Post-school studies

Team Leader: Dr J Papier
 
Post-school studies concern the intersections between vocational education higher education and adult education.
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