On 19 April 2016 the Faculty of Education launched five new books by staff members. The event took place in the Postgraduate Research Commons where the Editors shared their experience and background of each book with colleagues, researchers and other guests.
Prof Irma Eloff, previous Dean of the Faculty of Education welcomed the guests and introduced the Editors.
The book Psychological Assessment: Thinking innovatively in contexts of diversity of Prof Ronél Ferreira, Head of the Department of Educational Psychology, propose creative ways of assessing and working with a range of clients, who may differ from the practitioner in background, culture, age and gender. The authors in the books draw on years of experience and research in the fields of industrial, counselling, clinical, research and educational psychology.
The book introduces practitioners to the current thinking and possible practical approaches, thus successfully blending theory and practice in one volume.
Prof Kobus Maree of the Department of Educational Psychology introduced one book and one manual to the guests. First Steps in Research is a much-needed book which is an introductory text for novice researchers, including undergraduate students or junior postgraduate students who are encountering research methodology for the first time.
The Maree Career Matrix (MCM) is a manual and a South African developed psychological test. It was devised by Prof Kobus Maree and standardised over the past eight years on a representative sample of South Africa learners. The MCM measures people’s career interests and self-estimates of confidence about their aptitude to execute certain careers.
Communication, culture and the multilingual classroom of Prof Rinelle Evans from the Department of Humanities Education, focuses on the communication skills required by a teacher, both inside and outside the classroom. In an instructional context, the clear expressive use of one’s voice is the primary mode of communication. This book equips prospective teachers with the necessary communicative and classroom literacies to follow a policy of additive bi/multi-lingualism and succeed as professionals in the domain of teaching.
The first e-book in the Faculty of Education was also launched: Innovative Assessment Practice e-book. The student and academic experience at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is constantly changing as the profiles of students who come to learn. This means that how we teach needs to constantly adapt and change and innovation is the key to doing this successfully.
The book consists of seven chapters, each with its own, unique focus on the Scholarship of Assessment as part of the comprehensive Scholarship Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a balancing act between teaching and learning.
Below, Prof Ferreira, editor of one of the books and Prof Maree, editor of two of the books