Victor Pretorius Memorial lecturer: Prof Jennifer Margaret Case

Professor Jennifer Margaret Case

Department of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
University of Cape Town

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BSc (Hons) Stellenbosch, HDE Cape Town, MEd Leeds, PhD Monash
Professor: Student advisor, 1st year students

Jenni Case is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme and CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme.


Jenni is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her research focuses on the student experience of learning, mainly in science and engineering education.

Most, although not all, of her research has been conducted in the context of the chemical engineering undergraduate programme at UCT, yet the findings might have a degree of ‘transferability’ to other similar contexts.

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Education Research Focus

Jenni has focused her career on the improvement of science and engineering education in South Africa. For 18 years this has primarily involved an intense engagement in the undergraduate chemical engineering programme at UCT where she has conducted research on the student experience of learning. She has used this to inform her teaching in the junior years of the programme as well as her work as a programme convener and curriculum designer. Her research has also been widely published in the international education research literature and she now edits Higher Education, one of the top international journals in the field.

Selected Publications

  • Case, J. M. (2008) 'Alienation and engagement: Development of an alternative theoretical framework for understanding student learning', Higher Education, 55: 321 - 332.
  • Case, J. M. (2011) 'Knowledge matters: interrogating the curriculum debate in engineering using the sociology of knowledge', Journal of Education, 51: 73-92.
  • Case, J. M. & Marshall, D. (2004) 'Between deep and surface: Procedural approaches to learning in engineering education contexts', Studies in Higher Education, 29: 605-615.
  • Case, J. M., Marshall, D. & Linder, C. (2010) 'Being a student again: A narrative study of a teacher’s experience', Teaching in Higher Education, 15: 423-433.
  • Marshall, D. & Case, J. M. (2010) 'Rethinking ‘disadvantage’ in higher education: A paradigmatic case study using narrative analysis', Studies in Higher Education, 35: 491-504.
  • Jennifer M. Case (2015) ‘Emergent interactions: rethinking the relationship between teaching and learning’, Teaching in Higher Education, 20: 625-635
  • Jennifer M. Case & Delia Marshall (2016) ‘Bringing togeterh knowledge and capabilities: a case study of engineering graduates’, Higher Education, 71: 819-833.

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