Curriculum Studies involves the study of curriculum processes – namely processes relating to the teaching-learning, assessment, class-based research and curriculation – for the preparation of students entering ever-changing teaching domain. Curriculum Studies focuses on the theoretical and practical handling of national and international issues influencing curriculum processes. The generic principles underlying curriculum studies are relevant to all other study fields in Education. The way in which subjects in the subject group are constructed attempts to cultivate a critical attitude among students in order to prepare them for teaching in diverse environments.
Education Law is divided into three specialized fields within the Honors program: Education Law - Theory and Practice (ONWR 611), Labour Law and School Management (ONWR 624) and Human rights and Democracy in Education (ONWR 624). Research possibilities in Education Law include human rights, democracy, sport and Labour Law relations in Education.
Career possibilities: Member of school management (i.e. principal, deputy-principal, department-head), official in the Education Department, labour union representative or educator.
Education Management and Leadership
The subject group’s dedication to academic teaching, research and community service includes all levels in the education system, including the school system, the higher-education system and specialised support to the national and provincial education departments.
The subject group works closely with the Centre for Education Leadership and is an integral part of the research entity Edu-Lead.
The essence of the subject group Education Management and Leadership is to realise the objectives of the Faculty of Education Sciences with regard to teaching, research and service delivery in collaboration with existing faculty structures and education role players.
The aim of the subject group’s activities is to focus on the development of the professional and academic leadership and management skills of its members and students at all educational levels. Students from the subject group are prepared to fill leadership roles at various educational levels, including as curriculum and teaching leaders, in management positions in schools and the education departments, trade unions and non-governmental organisations.
Comparative Education focuses on Education Systems. Education Systems are analyzed and best practice is identified. This best practice is then used in context to improve education systems. In Comparative Education as part of the first-year undergraduate teacher training a module is offered that focuses on education in South Africa from the historical-political context. In the fourth year of undergraduate teacher training students are exposed to a module in which students are introduced to the structure and characteristics of the South African education system and the determinants of this education system. At honors level modules will cover the historical development, nature, purpose and methods of comparative education, modern education systems and recent relevant global education issues.