The year 2020 will probably be remembered in history books for the Coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic that brought the entire world to a standstill. Suddenly many people learned about viruses, and how they differ from bacteria.The unseen world of microbiology became part of our daily routines, with social distancing and sanitising practices to combat the spread of the virus, while scientists frantically search for a vaccine.
Prof Mentz is the Director of the Research Focus Area Self-Directed Learning (SDL) at the North-West University. Under her leadership, SDL has grown from strength to strength, and recently the Research Support Committee of the NWU has recommended that the Research Focus Area is upgraded to Unit status. This speaks of visionary leadership. John Quincy Adams once said: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader”. This is a very apt description of the leadership style of Prof Elsa Mentz. Under her leadership, SDL has grown from strength to strength, and recently the Research Support Committee of the NWU has recommended that the Research Focus Area is upgraded to Unit status.
Prof Josef de Beer is a research professor at North-West University and holds a C2 NRF rating. He is well known for his high-level achievement in the field of education research. He has 29 years of teaching experience in higher education (three years in the Faculty of Science at the University of Pretoria; the other 26 years in teacher education, at respectively Vista University, the University of Johannesburg, and currently North-West University). Prof de Beer has published in highly regarded international journals such as the Journal of Curriculum Studies, Research in Science Education, and the American Biology Teacher. In addition, he has also published in local high-impact journals such as the African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education.