Prof Lesley Wood
Research Director+27 18 299 4770 Email Building B6, Office 261, Potchefstroom Campus
Action research for lifelong learning and development in diverse educational contexts, HIV in education, social issues that impact on education.
Prof Akpovire Oduaran
School directorBEd Hons in History (University of Benin, Nigeria), MA in Adult Education Programme Development (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria), PhD (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) +27 18 389 2208 Email Building A9, Office 104, Mahikeng Campus
Adult and lifelong learning, continuing professional development, literacy, open and distance learning, intergenerational relationships.
Prof Johnnie Hay
Director and Associate ProfessorBA, BA Hons Clinical Psychology, MA Clinical Psychology, HDE Guidance, PhD (Child Psychology) +27 16 910 3143 Email Building 11B, Office 105, Vaal Campus
Education Support Services, Inclusive Education, student learning, Life Orientation, registered counsellor training, and emotional issues of learners.
Prof Mariette Koen
Associate ProfessorPhD Psychology of Education (UFS), MEd Psychology of Education (UFS), MPhil in Higher Education (US); BA Hons (African Languages) (UFS), BEd Hons (Psychology of Education) (UFS), BA (Sesotho and Psychology III). +27 18 285 2278 Email Building B11 – G09 Potchefstroom Campus
Aspects that influence the holistic well-being of 0-9 years, including factors that can impact on the social, physical, emotional, psychological, cognitive and spiritual well-being of children in the early years.
Prof Macalane Malindi
Professor (Associate) and LecturerBEd, BA Hons (Psychology), MEd (Special needs & Support Services), MEd (Educational Psychology), PhD (Leaner Support) +27 18 285 2016 Email Building C6 - Room 106, Potchefstroom Campus
Youth resilience (street involved children, orphans, and teen mothers)
Prof Julialet Rens
Deputy DirectorBA (PU for CHE), HED (PU for CHE), BEd (PU for CHE), MEd (PU for CHE), PhD (NWU) +27 18 299 1893 Email Building B10 - Office G29, Potchefstroom Campus
Readiness of beginner teachers, Life Orientation and Life Skills as important school subjects and diversity and values as part of holistic development and wellness of school communities
Dr Carolina Botha
Academic Coordinator: Work Integrated LearningB.Sc (Psych), B.Sc Hons (Psych), H.E.D, MTh, PhD +27 18 285 2869 Email Building B5 – Office G13, Potchefstroom Campus
Community-based Teaching and Learning, Work Integrated Learning, Mentorship, Beginner teachers, Emotional readiness, Reality shock, Theory-practice divide.
Dr Lettie Botha
LecturerBEd (NWU), BEd Hons (NWU), MEd (NWU). +27 18 299 4462 Email Building B10 – Office G26 Potchefstroom Campus
Life orientation; the impact of paternal absence on child development; intervention strategies to enable these learners to reach their full potential and improve their holistic wellbeing.
Dr Luiza de Sousa
Senior Lecturer+27 18 299 4727 Email Building C6, Office 105, Potchefstroom Campus
School environmental management systems, systems thinking, transformative learning through environmental education, Geography Education, Social Sciences Education, Education for Sustainable Development in primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Dr Christine du Toit
Senior Lecturer+27 18 299 4328 Email Building B10, Office G34, Potchefstroom
Language acquisition and linguistics, language and development, children's literature, teaching methodology and strategies, obstacles in language acquisition
Dr Stef Esterhuizen
Senior LecturerPhD Teaching and Learning +27 16 910 3070 Email Building 11B, Office 131, Vaal Campus
Improvement of teaching and learning practices of prospective teachers to promote cognitive development in children from birth to 9 years of age through play-based learning.
Dr Elmari Fouché
LecturerBA (Cum Laude), BA Hons, MA (Cum Laude), PhD Industrial Psychology, PGCE / ADT (Cum Laude). + 27 18 285 287 Email Building B11 - Office G06, Potchefstroom Campus
Well-being of the Educator in SA, engagement levels and intention-to-leave of the secondary school educator in SA, Flourishing / Languishing of the Educator and relatable factors, etc.
Dr Anette Hay
Lecturer+27 18 299 4733 Email Building C6, Office G110, Potchefstroom Campus
Environmental Education for education for sustainable development, community engagement with teachers and their learners on how they can mitigate the effect of climate change in their schools and environment. Teaching and learning strategies e.g. systems
Dr Carmen Joubert
Deputy Subject Group Leader & LecturerBPsych (NWU), MA (NWU), PGCE (NWU), PhD in Education Psychology (NWU). +27 16 910 3096 Email Office: Building 11B - 128, Vaal Campus
Perspectives on the contribution and role of NWU BEd Hons Learner Support alumni in terms of lay counselling in their school communities – and possible intervention strategies to extend this contribution.
Dr Illasha Kok
Senior LecturerBSc (PU for CHE), HED (UNISA), BEd Hons (UNISA), MEd (PU for CHE), PhD (PU for CHE), BSc Hons (NWU), MSc (NWU), HPCSA Registered Psychologist. +27 18 299 2143 Email Building B11, Office G21, Potchefstroom Campus
Distance Education, Teacher and learner wellbeing, Mental health, Open distance learning
Dr Thabo Makhalemele
Senior LecturerBAEd, BEd Hons (Guidance & Counselling), MEd (Special Needs & Education Support Services), PhD (Learner Support). +27 16 910 3075 Email Office: Building 11A - 117 Vaal Campus
Learner Support and Inclusive Education.
Dr Rachel Mayimele
Lecturer+27 16 910 3574 Email Building 11B, Office 133, Vaal Campus
Inclusive education, resilience.
Dr Merna Meyer
Lecturer: Creative Arts in EducationBA (Ed) Art, BA (Hons) Art History, MA, PhD Curriculum Studies Art Education. +27 18 299 1060 Email Arts and Crafts Building C7A, Potchefstroom Campus
Professional development in Art Education as well as socially engaged arts-based practices in communities.
Dr Irene Muller
LecturerB Sc (Ed) Botany and Chemistry; B Ed Hons (Curriculum Development); M Env Man; Ph D (Projects & Management). +27 82 850 7621 Email Building 11 A, Office 108, Vaal Campus
PAR, social learning, citizen science and water quality monitoring in environmental education for sustainable development.
Dr Marinda Neethling
LecturerPhD in Learner Support (NWU) +27 18 285 2071 Email Building B11, Office G12, Potchefstroom Campus
Inclusive Education; Learner Support
Dr Pieter Swarts
Lecturer+27 18 299 4895 Email Office: C6 – 131 Potchefstroom Campus
Teaching and Learning Environments, Life Orientation, Environmental Education.
Dr Isabel Payne van Staden
LecturerB Ed, B Ed Hons, M Ed, PhD +27 18 299 2427 Email Building B 11- Office G51
Inclusive education teacher, self-efficacy regarding inclusive education and learner support. Teacher development.
Dr Elsabe Wessels
Senior LecturerB. Ed (Hons), M.Ed,. MAPP, PhD +27 76 307 7581 Email Building A2, Block I; Office 166 Mahikeng Campus
Early literacy, development and teaching of language in the Foundation Phase, early intervention and learner support.
Dr Cathy Dzerefos
Postdoctoral Fellow, COMBERBSc (Hons); MSc; PhD. +27 83 746 2239 Email Building C6- Office 105, Potchefstroom Campus.
Reinterpreted scientific and indigenous knowledge of edible insects to create Afro-centric teaching resources for Natural Science and Technology.
Dr Motsélisi Lilian Malebese
Postdoctoral Fellow, COMBERPhD Curriculum Studies +27 64 115 2944 Email Building C6- Office 140, Potchefstroom Campus
My research focuses on using a collaborative action research to develop a socially inclusive place-based teaching strategy to enhance learner engagement.
Mr Aubrey Fransman
Lecturer+27 18 285 2674 Email Building B11, Office G27, Potchefstroom Campus
Ms Sandra Fourie
Junior Lecturer+27 18 299 **** Email Potchefstroom Campus
Education for sustainable development and language acquisition.
Mrs Hannelie Louw
Lecturer+27 18 285 2875 Email Building B11 Office G35, Potchefstroom Campus
SID learners; Life Orientation; well-being of learners and teachers.
Mrs Appolonia Masunungure
Lecturer+27 18 389 2188 Email Building A2B: Office G71, Mahikeng Campu
Mrs Andri Schoonen
LecturerBEd (NWU), BEd Hons (NWU), MEd (NWU) +27 18 299 1871 Email Building B10, Office G37 Potchefstroom Campus
Service-learning, early childhood studies.
Mrs Hantie Theron
LecturerMEd Learner support, BEd Hons Learner support, HED Pre-primary Diploma, Junior Primary Diploma +27 18 285 2091 Email Building B11, Office 29, Potcheftsroom Campus
Researching aspects that influence the linguistic development of children birth to 4 years (ECCE). Focusing on the use of storytelling to enhance the oral language of children birth to 4 years.
Prof Mary Brydon- Miller
Extraordinary Professor, COMBERMA (University of Massachusetts), BA (University of California), PhD in Environmental Psychology (University of Massachusetts). +27 18 299 **** Email
Action research, environmental education
Prof Petra Engelbrecht
Extraordinary Professor, COMBERMEd(Psych); PhD +27 82 921 1879 Email
Equity in education with specific reference to the development and implementation of inclusive education in diverse cultural-historical contexts as well as teacher education for inclusion.
Prof Ansie Kitching
Extraordinary Professor, COMBERBA (UFS), HED (Cum Laude) (UFS), BEd Psych Hons (Cum Laude) (UP), MEd Psych (Cum Laude) (UP), PHD Psychology (NWU), Registered Educational Psychologist. +27 82 823 2011 Email
Relational wellbeing in schools
Prof Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt
Extraordinary Professor, COMBERPhD in Literature (University of Queensland), PhD in Higher Education (Deakin University), DLitt in Management Education (International Management Centre, UK), Honorary Doctor of Professional Studies (Global University for Lifelong Learning, US). +27 18 299 **** Email
Action research, professional development.
Dr Mary McAteer
Extraordinary Professor, COMBERB Ed, MSc, PG Cert Research Supervision, DPhil. +44 1695650980 Email
My research is action-oriented and interdisciplinary, directed towards theorising as a means to understand and improve human and social conditions and practices.