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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Education professor appointed research chair

 TRAILBLAZER: Prof Janet Condy, a senior academic in the Education Faculty, has been appointed to the Research Chair: Literacy Development Research Unit. TRAILBLAZER: Prof Janet Condy, a senior academic in the Education Faculty, has been appointed to the Research Chair: Literacy Development Research Unit.

Prof Janet Condy, a senior academic in the Education Faculty, was recently appointed as Research Chair: Literacy Development Research Unit.

Condy says she is very excited about the appointment as it is an acknowledgement of the academic work she has done, mainly at CPUT.

“I am proud of it, and am eager to make a go of it,” says the Founder of the Literacy Association of South Africa. “[The research chair] is something that’s urgently needed in our education system.”

She wants to obtain permission from the Western Cape Education Department to work with officials and teachers in its districts. “I want to teach higher-order thinking and reading skills to teachers since their teaching is mainly focused on rote learning. This does not give learners opportunities to talk and think for themselves. The prescribed overloaded CAPS Curriculum does not allow time for these discussions and allow learners to draw on their prior lived experiences.”

She plans to train curriculum developers and run teacher-capacity building programmes at schools in the Western Cape just like she did in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zambia and Mauritius.

The key objective of the Research Chair is to investigate the educational and socio-economic context in which poor children learn within disadvantaged communities and to find possible reasons and solutions for the low scholastic performance, with a particular focus on literacy. The research project calls for deeper understanding of what schools do and what researchers can do to enhance the quality of schooling for poor children.

Ultimately, Condy intends to extend her philosophy of teaching across all faculties at CPUT targeting ECPs. “I want to form a community of practice of people who work with literacy at CPUT, everybody will be welcome.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.