Study with the Division of Science and Technology
The Division of Science and Technology Education (DSTE) is part of the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. The Division is a centre for excellence in Science and Technology teacher education and one of South Africa’s leaders in Science Education research. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Technology, Curriculum Studies, Pedagogics and Science Education.
Within this range the DSTE offers a variety of subject areas and short courses to in-service and pre-service science teacher educators. At the undergraduate level we offer courses leading to qualifications as specialised secondary school Physical Science, or Life Science or Technology teachers. Our undergraduate courses are specially designed to produce highly competent educators of international standards, with excellent subject matter knowledge and exceptional pedagogical skills. Post graduate programmes include the Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Science Education (B.Sc. Ed), the Master of Science Education degree in Science Education (M.Sc.Ed), and research degrees by dissertation at the masters (M.Sc. Ed) level and by thesis at the doctoral (P.hD) level.
Research in the DSTE is performed under the guidance of the Marang Centre for Research in Science and Mathematics Education, a research centre housed by both the DSTE and the Division of Mathematics Education. The strands of research include: indigenous knowledge (IK); nature of science and scientific inquiry; science teacher pedagogical content knowledge; language in science education; informal learning in science; and teacher development.