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Friday, 17 March 2017

NRF rating spurs researcher to transnational issues

ACHIEVEMENT: Dr Agnes Chigona, an academic in the Faculty of Education, has been awarded a C2 rating by the National Research Foundation ACHIEVEMENT: Dr Agnes Chigona, an academic in the Faculty of Education, has been awarded a C2 rating by the National Research Foundation

Dr Agnes Chigona, an academic in the Faculty of Education, says her recently awarded C2 Rating by the National Research Foundation recognizes her research work which impacts on the country and beyond its borders.

“It means I am recognised as an established researcher with some international recognition for the quality and impact of my research publications,” says Chigona.

Her research focuses on the adoption and integration of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) into curriculum delivery.

“The quality of the NRF rating places the Faculty of Education in the spotlight as such ratings attract both local and international collaborators.”

She adds that the ratings also increase the credibility of the faculty, hence boosting the confidence of the community it is serving.

Besides the local collaborations she has had over the past five years, Chigona is also enhancing her international collaborations where she is working on  comparative studies in order to expand the empirical remit of her research.

“I would like to approach issues of trans-national concern, such as ICT integration in teaching, through comparative international studies while bringing local evidence. I think such studies would be of great benefit to both local and international audiences.”

Chigona encourages other researchers to make sure they have a research focus and to increase their research publications.

“Those who have published widely need to be courageous to subject themselves to the NRF evaluation and rating process, the reviews from such a process are always beneficial to the researcher as they provide insights on how to enhance the quality and impact of the research focus.”

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.