College of Education

Community engagement

Educational research focusing on schools

College of Education (CEDU) Community Engagement (CE)

CEDU 2021 CE project activities are aimed at addressing the following objectives:

  • To optimally utilize CEDU academics’ capacity to support nation building, development efforts and the deepening of democracy;
  • To create and mobilize knowledge for the purpose of widening access for South African communities to cutting edge, current and transformative knowledge;
  • To create  access  for  CEDU academics  and  students  to  a  range  of  South  African communities for the purpose of widening scholarly engagement through effective community collaborations;
  • To bridge the knowledge and information gap experienced by distressed and marginalized communities through greater access to informal and life-long learning;

All CEDU academics include learning and insight from CE into CEDU curriculum. Currently ,there are 29 Community Engagement (research) projects taking place across CEDU.

CEDU PROJECT LIST 2021

Project Code

Project Name

Context (Province, rural, urban etc.)

Content (e.g. mathematics teaching strategies)

Beneficiaries

(e.g. Gr 6 learners, SMT members etc.)

Main deliverable for the project (e.g. workshop materials)

CN0100

Academic Support PGCE and BEd Foundation phase students: teaching reading and maths in the foundation phase

Schools in selected rural areas of North West Kwa Zulu-Natal and Limpopo.

Develop and implement support programmes that will enhance language and mathematics teaching.  In doing so, the project will gather enough data, which will help improve our material used to teach and support BEd student teachers.

School Educators and Governance bodies

We are at the stage of providing intervention based on the research findings, through online workshops and webinars

CN0800

Prison and Special Schools

Gauteng

North West

The project focuses on vulnerable children with intellectual disabilities in special schools and how their teachers teach. Furthermore, juveniles in correctional schools get support regarding their wellness and their teachers are empowered in skills on how to handle learners with deviant behaviour. Anger management, emotional disturbances, bullying and fighting are common in both schools and teachers are empowered on how to manage and support learners.

Persons affected by crime

Persons affected by substance abuse

Persons in Correctional facilities

School Educators

An Action research will be followed

Online meetings, workshops, teaching will be conducted

Recordings will also be done which will be distributed to learners and teachers who could not logon Teams during live workshops or lessons.

Intervention strategies will be discussed with beneficiaries and agreed upon and implemented by project members and beneficiaries

CN0900

Hearing Loss

Gauteng

Our mission is to help educate the public about hearing loss and promote the importance of prevention and treatment.

Primary school children

Secondary school children

School Educators

Workshops on hearing loss

CN1100

Ilima lemfundo

Gauteng (Mamelodi)

The project aims at investigating how languages, in particular reading, are taught in schools and to provide expert assistance to teachers with problem areas regarding the teaching of languages. The project is ongoing.

School Educators

The project will be done online. Free stories available on the Internet will be downloaded and laminated. Two identified schools will get 50 laminated copies of 10 different stories. These documents will be couriered to the schools. Copies of the review form that must be completed after learners have read the story will also be couriered to schools. Teachers will collect the completed reviews and courier them back to the project leader. Each lecturer who forms part of the project will get a number of completed review forms to assess using a rubric. Online meetings will be held with teachers to explain the procedure that must be followed.

CN1400

Improvement of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and proficiency in mathematics teaching & learning: An Intervention project for mathematics teachers

Limpopo

The project covers the following strands: 

A study of novice teacher’s development of mathematics knowledge for teaching and the influence of previous preparation, school context and opportunities to learn-on-the job.

 

The Mathematics proficiency of primary school teachers

 

An intervention programme that is guided and influenced by classroom-based research and professional development

 

School Educators

Use research instruments such as Lesson observations, Interviews, Questionnaires, Teacher responses to tasks (concept maps, teaching scenario’s), Document analysis (Work schedule/ scheme of work, lesson plans, Curriculum policy document/ syllabus) to investigating Mathematics proficiency in terms of cognition, problem solving, assessment and instructional practices to inform intervention

CN1900

SA Science and Mathematics Project

Rural schools in Mpumalanga and Limpopo

The project investigates challenges faced by Natural Science teachers in understanding and presentation of concepts in the context of rural learners learning science in their 2nd or 3rd languages.

School Educators

Face to face workshops will preferably be held during the first visits but follow-up workshops will be a combination of face to face and online workshops.

CN2300

Tateni -Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Eastern Cape

Free State

Gauteng

KwaZulu Natal

Mpumalanga

The project outreach seeks to address the following objectives:

1. To work within the philosophy of Tateni: homecare and nursing service.

2. To empower carers, as well as our beneficiaries with educational, guidance and counselling and psychological assistance.

3. To undertake the exploration of the causes of alarming high school dropout rate.

4.           To work with the schools and the community on drug and substance abuse.

5.To undertake the exploration of the effects of HIV/AIDS; Sexuality and Gender health issues in Mamelodi (or any other selected area in SA and SADEC) schools, community and surrounding informal settlements.

Secondary school children

Youth (14-35yrs)

Workshops, motivation and online programme for screening and intervention for ADHD

CN2900

Empowering of teachers at PHL Moraka High School

Gauteng

Empowering Teachers at PHL Moraka high school is a community project that aims to provide academic support to teachers and learners in grade 10 to 12. 

Families

Secondary school children

Improving performance in gateway subjects and leadership and management development through workshops, classroom-based approach and research

CN3200

Embrace our Children: Bramley Project

Gauteng

Provide support to the Bramley Children’s Home children in relation to their homework and to provide emotional and psychological support.

Primary school children

Secondary school children

Improving the educational abilities of Bramley children, psychological guidance and assistance with emotional development. Bramley Children’s Home staff will be developed through workshops.

CN3400

ICT Integrated water management curriculum

North West

This project focuses on the development of schoolteachers’ ICT integration skills that will enhance teaching and learning with technology

School Educators

On-site training for that teachers need professional development in ICT skills that will enhance teaching and learning in a digital era.

CN3500

Sustaining the teaching of Technology Education through Action Research

Gauteng

Limpopo

The project intends to emancipate and capacitate Technology Education (TE) teachers who are teaching this newly developed subject without any qualification.

School Educators

Action Research methodology will be used. Team members will be given the TE themes to prepare and then record themselves presenting those themes. Their recordings will be submitted to the district official to edit and review. If given a thumbs up the recordings will be sent to teachers through social media. Data will be bought for the teachers/participants so that they will be able to download the forwarded recordings of the TE themes. A reflective questionnaire will be sent to teachers per theme Telephonic interviews will be conducted with the participants. At the end of every them presentation.

CN4100

A Strategic Intervention in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education

Mpumalanga

The aim is to further develop the pedagogical content knowledge of the Mathematics, Science and Technology teachers so that they can in turn teach learners effectively

School Educators

Academics

Lesson study in which teachers will workshop lessons so that the training is more teacher-driven; use lead teachers to core-facilitate with MSTA

CN4300

Parent involvement in developing learning culture in Hlanganani

Limpopo

The main assertion in this project is that there is a lack of adequate and appropriate parent involvement in Hlanganani schools to make them centers of teaching and learning excellence.

School Educators

Governance bodies

The parents, school governing bodies and teachers will be trained in this project through workshops, seminars etc. The schools and parents will be trained on how to work together in assisting the learners to progress from one grade to another.

CN4800

Together Making Schools Better (TMSB)

Mpumalanga

Together making schools better focuses on intervention in the form of empowering teachers, leaners and stakeholders within schools to work together to improve learner attainment and help schools with curriculum recovery plan

School Educators

Empowerment of stakeholders within the schools to work together towards improvement of learner performance through Workshops

CN4900

Senior phase Natural Science Teachers’ Experiences with ADHD and inquiry-based classroom practices

Mpumalanga

Northern Cape

The project focuses on senior phase natural science teacher’s experiences with ADHD and of using the inquiry-based classroom practices as envisaged in the CAPS documents.

School Educators

The natural science teachers from those schools will be interviewed before they teach the topics of the strand. They will also be observed teaching the topics. Thereafter an intervention will be developed wherein teachers will be assisted in terms of classroom practices and the content knowledge

CN5000

Moses-Kotane West Maths and Science Intervention Project

Rural area in the North-West Province 

Providing support and implementing an intervention process in the Curricular issues of the teaching of Mathematics and Science

Youth (14-35yrs)

School Educators

Workshops and online content material

CN5200

Assessment in multigrade teaching

Limpopo

The project aims to improve teaching in Multi-grade classes, provide greater support mechanisms and staff development programmes for assessment in Multi-grade teaching context.

School Educators

Governance bodies

Participatory Action Research using online interviews and MOOCS

CN5300

Classroom Interaction Pedagogy in teaching English First Additional Language in the Intermediate Phase

Limpopo

Classroom Interaction Pedagogy (CIP) as a teaching strategy could offer valuable insights into the current South African problem of inadequate verbal communication competency in EFAL in the Intermediate Phase.

Primary school children

School Educators

Participatory Action Research and I will use focus group interviews with learners, one-on-one interviews with teachers and EFAL lessons observations.

CN5500

Youth Leadership Development in Schools

Gauteng

The proposed youth leadership programme plans to develop the youth in school (grade 8 to 12), who serve in the Representative council of Learners (RCL).

Secondary school children

Workshops on Youth Leadership skills, Digital divide, Project based leadership and Entrepreneurial skills

 

CN5600

Deputy principals as curriculum and instructional leaders

Gauteng

Empower deputy principals with knowledge and skills on how to plan, implement, and manage curriculum delivery in schools

Primary school children

Secondary school children

School Educators

This project will employ the Participatory Action Research and purposive sampling technique to select deputy principals and departmental heads in primary and secondary schools in Johannesburg East district South Africa.   Questionnaires will be used to conduct deputy principals and departmental heads need analysis, focus group interviews with structured questions will be used to engage deputies and departmental heads, non-participatory observations will be conducted in primary and secondary schools, and document analysis will be used as data collection techniques. Thereafter, professional development workshops will be conducted wherein deputy principals and departmental heads will be assisted in terms of planning, implementation, and management of curriculum for effective teaching and learning.

CN5800

Transition of learners with intellectual and learning impairments into work

KwaZulu Natal

Limpopo

Mpumalanga

Eastern Cape

 

This project therefore attempts to facilitate school-to-work for learners with intellectual and learning impairments through skill development programmes which are offered by some of the TVET colleges

Persons affected by mental health conditions

TVET Colleges

Engaged research will be used within the Constructivist paradigm. Mixed methodology will be used to undertake the research component of the project which will involve facilitators, management and the students. Permission to under research activities has been obtained from one of the TVET colleges but will be extended once more colleges participate.

CN6100

Institutions of higher learning’s interventions to enhance curriculum     implementation in schools by adults (Educators)

Mpumalanga

The Project Institutions of higher learning’s interventions to enhance curriculum     implementation in schools by adults (Educators) is an initiative of the UNISA ABET and Youth Development aimed at developing skills and knowledge and empowerment of Life Sciences teachers in Libangeni area office.

School Educators

 

 

Online meetings and workshops will be held via TEAMS.

Videos on Life sciences content will be downloaded and send to stakeholders.

Emails will be used to send documents and material for the workshops.

WhatsApp will be used where necessary to deliver messages

CN6200

Bizana Teachers’ Journey with FET Mathematics

Rural Communities of Bizana district in the Eastern Cape

The project aims to investigate issues of classroom practice in mathematics used, extrapolate or improve on them for the better development of teachers and learners’ meaningful understanding of FET Mathematics.

 

Empowerment of mathematics teachers with mathematics teaching skills through Teams meetings together with zoom and WhatsApp conversations

CN6300

Preparing teachers to teach reading and writing

Gauteng (Irene; Soshanguve)

Investigating how languages, in particular reading and writing are taught in HL and FAL in primary and secondary schools and focuses in particular on the integration of reading and writing.

School Educators

The project will be done online. Free stories available on the Internet will be downloaded and laminated. Two identified schools will get 50 laminated copies of 10 different stories. These documents will be couriered to the schools. Copies of the review form that must be completed after learners have read the story will also be couriered to schools. Teachers will collect the completed reviews and courier them back to the project leader. Each lecturer who forms part of the project will get a number of completed review forms to assess using a rubric. Online meetings will be held with teachers to explain the procedure that must be followed.

CN6500

Empowerment and capacity building with current and former professional football players: A multi-phased project.

Gauteng

KwaZulu Natal

Limpopo

Mpumalanga

Western Cape

Empowerment and capacity building with current and former professional football players

Men

Elderly people (60yrs+)

Retired football players will be empowered with education, skills and training

CN6600

Teaching for Robust Understanding in Mathematics: resources, contexts and opportunities

Gauteng                   (Inner city school in Pretoria)

This project aims to provide development for intermediate phase mathematics teachers and to engage the Teaching for Robust Mathematics (TRU) framework as a developmental, formative teacher professional development (PD) by addressing the current resources and context of the school.

 

School Educators

The project will engage the teachers digitally, first using platforms that are known to the (e.g. WhatsApp, sending podcasts and screencasts made by the project team and thereafter engaging in other platforms (Teams or Google) as the project develops

CN6700

Strengthening the implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Special Schools

Free State

Gauteng

Limpopo

Mpumalanga

Western Cape

To capacitate teachers on the implementation of AAC so that learners who are AAC candidates can be able to learn and socialise with other peers in the school, classroom and community context.

School Educators

This project will adopt participatory Action research which is viewed as a common methodology at developing solutions to practical problems, which then informs practice (Creswell, 2005). Project leader, member of the project as well as participants will engage in interactive cycles which will include collaborative planning, implementation and reflection

CN6800

Laezonia Environmental Education in Action

 

 

Gauteng

The project will focus on the intermediate and senior phases teachers’ experiences of integrating Environmental Education in Social Sciences and Natural Sciences and Technology subjects through active participative learning method and the school gardens as teaching resources since Environmental Education (EE) is integrated in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) of these subjects.

School Educators

Qualitative observations and interviews will be employed coupled with document analysis. The Social Sciences and Natural Science Technology teachers from the school will be interviewed before they teach EC. They will also be observed when teaching EC. Thereafter an intervention will be developed wherein teachers will be assisted in terms of teaching EC, the environmental knowledge and skills such as conservation.

 

CN-NF1

Capacity Building, Access and Support (CBAS) Programme for ECD Workforce Development for Qualifications in Early Childhood Care and Education (Birth-4)

KwaZulu Natal

The need for such a project is best understood against the backdrop of the lack of professionalisation of the ECD field, lack of a career path, fragmentary system of training where institutions work in silos and devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the profession

Persons affected by unemployment or under-employment

Academics

NGO staff

•            A mentoring, coaching and academic support programme prior to and during the Diploma in ECCE.

Last modified: 2021/08/03