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PhD in Curriculum Studies


PhDs and research areas

We offer full and part-time options on the PhD, with students attached to supervisors who have expertise in specific subjects and also interdisciplinary areas of inquiry within doctoral studies. Some research focuses are:

  • Mathematics teacher development through professional learning communities and error analysis (Prof Karin  Brodie)
  • Teachers’ work, teachers’ identity and teachers’ morale  (Prof Yael Shalem)
  • Teacher education and teacher development (Prof Yael Shalem)
  • Curriculum, teaching and assessment in schooling and in higher education (Prof Yael Shalem)
  • Professional knowledge and professional judgement (Prof Yael Shalem)
  • Classroom practices that support mathematical thinking and reasoning (Prof Karin Brodie)
  • Educational media design, history curriculum, teaching and learning, qualitative research methodology, Holocaust studies ( Dr Kathy Morgan)
  • Rural Education (Dr Alfred Masinire & Dr Thabisile Nkambule)
  • Gender with a focus on masculinity in secondary and primary schools (Dr Alfred Masinire)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogic Inquiry in Teacher Education and Schooling Discourse – Practices (Ms Mandi Maodzwa – Taruvinga)
  • The centrality of the teacher in the pedagogic relationship in relation to teacher authority, identity and emotions (Ms Bronwen Wilson-Thompson)
  • Curriculum Development and Curriculum Evaluation in Comparative and Historical Perspectives(Ms Mandi Maodzwa – Taruvinga)
  • A Meta-Analysis of South African Postgraduate Education Research on Literacy and Literacy Education in the first post-Apartheid decade (1995-2004) (Dr Thabisile Nkambule).
  • Mobile Literacy (Dr Thabisile Nkambule)