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Theme 2: Pre-service teacher education and lifelong professional learning

This theme focuses on the multiple aspects of becoming and being a teacher, including the cognitive, professional, physical, and ethical dimensions. It considers the challenges of learning to teach and opportunities for teachers to develop their professional knowledge and identity as they navigate life and their careers. Teacher learning is explored in various settings: formal university coursework, interactions with other educators, and learning through classroom life.


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  • Robinson, M., Rusznyak, L., Sathorar, H. & Luckay, M. (2023). The complexities of teacher education: Advancing the debate. Journal of Education. Issue 90, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.17159/2520-9868/i90a00 
  • Kahn, R., Raina, R., & Nyamupangedengu, E (2022). Investigating opportunities for integrating methodology when teaching a pfe science topic (meiosis), to fourth-year pre-service teachers: A case study. Journal of Education, (86), 63-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2520-9868/i86a04
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  • Rusznyak, L., Walton, E., & Kenny, J. (2022). Pre-service teachers’ experiences of schoopng: Imppcations for preparation for inclusive education. South African Journal of Education, 42(3). http://dx.doi.org/10.15700/saje.v42n3a2090 
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  • Rusznyak, L., & Bertram, C. (2021). Conceptualising work-integrated learning to support pre-service teachers’ pedagogic reasoning. Journal of Education, 83, 34-52.  http://dx.doi.org/ 10.17159/2520-9868/i83a02
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  • Hayes, D., Christie, P., Mills, M., & Lingard, B. (2020). Teachers and schooling making a difference: Productive pedagogies, assessment and performance. Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/mono/10.4324/97
  • Khoza, H. C., Msimanga, A., & Nyamupangedengu, E. (2020). In search of the fundamentals of planning that can foster the depth of teaching and learning biology in pre-service teacher education classrooms. Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 236. https://www.researchgate.net/pubpcation/339484475_
  • Robinson, M., & Rusznyak, L. (2020). Learning to teach without school-based experience: conundrums and possibilities in a South African context. Journal of Education for Teaching, 46(4). https://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/106816 
  • Rusznyak, L. (2020). Supporting the academic success of students through making knowledge-building visible. In C. Winburg, S. McKenna, & K. Wilmot (Eds.),Building knowledge in higher education: Enhancing teaching and learning with Legitimation Code Theory. Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.43
  • Shawa, L. B. (2020). Advancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Using Learning Theories and Reflectivity. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 10(1), 191-208. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1249358.pdf
  • Shawa, L.B. (2020). The public mission of universities in South Africa: community engagement and the teaching and researching roles of faculty members. Tertiary Education and Management, 26, 105–116. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11233-019-09040-1
  • Walton, E., & Rusznyak, L. (2020). Cumulative knowledge-building for inclusive education in initial teacher education. European Journal of Teacher Education, 43(1), 18-37. https://doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2019.1686480
  • Huang J.S. (2019.) Diffusing innovative pedagogies in schools in Singapore: Case studies on school leaders’ diffusion approaches and their rationalisations. In: D. Hung, S. Lee, Y. Toh, A. Jamaludin, & L. Wu (Eds.), Innovations in educational change. Education Innovation Series. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6330-6_10
  • Huang, J. S., & Sha’ari, I. (2019). Developing teacher laterality in a centralized system: An exploratory case study. Paper accepted by the Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada. https://www.wits.ac.za/education/research-centr
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  • Walton, E., & Rusznyak, L. (2019). Developing standards for inclusive teaching in South Africa: A dilemma analysis. Southern African Review of Education with Education with Production, 25(1), 89-106. https://www.tandfonpne.com/doi/full/10.1080/1360
  • Nyamupangedengu, E. & Lelpott, A. (2018). Planning for teaching a genetics course to pre-service teachers: Experiences of a biology teacher educator. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 22(3), 308-318. https://www.tandfonpne.com/doi/full/10.1080/18117
  • Nyamupangedengu, E., & Mandikonza, C. (2018). Using students' experiences of lectures as a lens for learning about teaching pre-service teachers: A methodological approach to transformative practice through self-study. Educational Research for Social Change, 7(2), 117-131. https://www.academia.edu/101347161/
  • Robinson, M., & Rousseau, N. (2018). Disparate understandings of the nature, purpose and practices of reflection in teacher education. South African Journal of Childhood Education, (pp. 1-9).  https://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/106816
  • Rusznyak, L. (2018). What messages about teacher professionalism are transmitted through South African pre-service teacher education programmes? South African Journal of Education, 38(3). https://doi.org/10.15700/saje.v38n3a1503
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  • Rusznyak, L., & Masinire, A. (2018). The role of developing pre-service teachers’ pedagogical reasoning to support contextually responsive teaching. In E. Walton & R. Osman (Eds.), Teacher Education for Diversity and Development in the Global South (pp. 53-68). Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9
  • Walton, E., & Osman, R. (2018). Teacher education for diversity: Conversations from the Global South. Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781315209418
  • Shaketange, L., Kanyimba, A. T., & Brown, E. (2017).  The challenges and measures for internship among fourth-year students in the department of lifelong learning and community education at the University of Namibia. Creative Education, 8(14), 2258. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321187 
  • Walton, E. (2017). Inclusive education in initial teacher education in South Africa: Practical or professional knowledge? Journal of Education, 67, 101-128. https://www.academia.edu/33971654/Inclusive_education_in_initial_teacher_education_in_South_Africa_practical_or_professional_knowledge
  • Walton, E., & Rusznyak, L. (2017). Choices in the design of inclusive education courses for pre-service teachers: The case of a South African university. The International Journal of Disabipty, Development and Education, 64(3), 231-248. https://www.tandfonpne.com/doi/full/10.1080/1034
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  • Kabanda, C., Nizeyimana, G., Nzabaprwa, W., Peeraer, J., & Uworwabayeho, A. (2016).  Factors influencing the uptake of learner-centered pedagogy in teacher education in Rwanda. The International Journal of Development Dialogue, 1(1), 21-42. https://www.ijdd.co.ke  
  • Maodzwa  Taruvinga, M. (2016). Critical thinking pedagogy and the citizen scholar in university based initial teacher education: The promise of twin educational ideals. In J. Arvanitakis & D. Hornsby (Eds.), Universities, the Citizen Scholar and the Future. Palgrave Macmilpan. https://pnk.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1057/97811
  • Nyamupangedengu, E (2016) Using self-study to learn to teach genetics to pre-service teachers for understanding and for teaching. In G. Buck & V. Akerson (Eds.), Enhancing professional knowledge of pre-service science teacher educators by self-study research: Turning a critical eye on our practice (pp. 69-91). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32447-0_4
  • Nyamupangedengu, E. & Lelpott, A. (2016).  Using modelpng as a method of teaching a content course to pre-service teachers: Lessons learnt. 11th International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices. In D. Garbett & A. Ovens (Eds.), Enacting self-study as methodology for professional inquiry (pp. 85-91). https://www.wits.ac.za/education/research-centres/un
  •  Nyamupangedengu, E. (2016). Teaching genetics to pre-service teachers from diverse backgrounds: A South African self-study. In J. Kitchen, D. Tidwell & L. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Self-study and diversity II: Inclusive teacher education for a diverse world (pp.151-172). Sense Pubpshers. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6300-534-0_10
  • Rusznyak, L. (2016). Making conceptual connections visible to students in professional programmes: The case of initial teacher education. South African Journal of Higher Education, 30(2), 205-225. https://doi.org/10.20853/30-2-576
  • Rusznyak, L., & Walton, E. (2016). Could practicum placements in contrasting contexts support the preparation of pre-service teachers for an envisaged inclusive education system? A South African study.The International Journal of Disabipty, Development and Education, 64(5),463-482. http://www.tandfonpne.com/doi/full/10.1080/1034912X.2016.1267333
  • Van Jaarsveld, P. (2016). Making a case for exact language as an aspect of rigour in initial teacher education mathematics programmes. Perspectives in Education, 34(1), 150-166. https://www.cambridgescholars.com/resources/pdfhttp://dx.doi.org/10.18820/0258-2236/pie.v34i1.11
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  • Walton, E., & Rusznyak, L. (2016). Approaches to assessing pre-service teachers’ learning in authentic and rigorous ways: The case of an inclusive education module. Perspectives in Education, 34(1), 84-101. https://www.researchgate.net/pubpcation/3049273
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  • Rusznyak, L. (2015). Knowledge selection in initial teacher education programmes and its imppcations for curricular coherence. Journal of Education, 60, 7-29. https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Knowledge-selection-in-initial-teacher-education-Rusznyak/136de7fd6da0783535743b5570695a6ce2575ed4/figure/1
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