Dr. Makwalete Johanna Malatji holds a PhD in Education: Primary Education from the University of Fort Hare. Dr. Malatji worked at a primary school for eight years and currently a lecturer in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Pretoria. Her focus area is in the teaching of Literacies in the Foundation Phase.
Dr. Malatji is lecturing second, third and fourth years on the teaching of English Home Language, English First Additional Language, and Sepedi as a First Additional Language. In 2019 she and her colleague Dr. West equipped the second-year ECE students with the knowledge and skills to design their literacy websites. They invited the EduON (a goole provider company) members to provide the ECE students with a hands-on, step-by-step guide on how to design Google websites.
Dr. Malatji’s research focus is on parental involvement in the primary schools especially Foundation Phase, teacher education, and Literacy in the Foundation Phase. She is currently supervising 9 honours, 3 masters, and 1 PhD in her research field. She is the author of 3 articles in international and national accredited journals. Dr Malatji has delivered papers at national and international conferences. Dr Malatji has externally examined studies at the Master level from the Tshwane University of Technology, and the University of Limpopo.
Currently, she is a coordinator of a research seminar in the ECE department, which is aimed at empowering researchers. Dr Malatji is also a co-author of a book titled: Inclusion, Learner Support, and Assistive Technology: Helping Learners learn – An African approach. The book might be published in 2022.