Faculty of Education celebrates books authored by staff

Posted on November 20, 2020

The Faculty of Education recently hosted a special ceremony to celebrate staff members who have published books over the past year. The ceremony, which is held annually, was hosted virtually due to limitations posed by COVID-19 lockdown regulations. 
Six books were launched at the event, covering a variety of subjects: teaching African history in schools, multilingualism in the classroom, exploring education systems, career counselling and career construction. 
Faculty Dean Professor Chika Sehoole was MC for the event, while Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Tawana Kupe provided the opening remarks. Also in attendance was Professor Anton Stroh, Acting Vice-Principal: Research and Postgraduate Education.
Prof Kupe said he was excited to be a part of this commendable celebration for a second year. “Well done, colleagues – this is commendable; we are proud of you and you ought to be proud of yourselves,” he said. “Publishing books is a very important form of disseminating knowledge in particular disciplines, including in Education, the Social Sciences and Humanities. The book is a seminal form of the dissemination of knowledge that is as old as scholarship and the academy itself. It is important in that regard to continue with it.” 
He added that the books produced by staff were also important because they form part of what is recognised by the Department of Higher Education and Training as the University’s research output.
“UP and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) have been in a ‘competition’, which we have won most years, around the total research output as recognised by the Department of Higher Education and Training,” Prof Kupe said. “For the past 15 years or so, we have been pipped once or twice by UKZN or tied with them. Such forms of knowledge creation as book publishing contributes to us occupying prime position as producers of knowledge in this form. So again, I’d like to thank you on behalf of the institution for that.” 
“As a mathematician, I believe that you publish only when you have something to say,” Professor Stroh said. “When I listened to the presentations here today, this came through so strongly. We are paving the future education of our continent. These new books will definitely find their way into UP’s libraries and many other libraries within Africa.”
The books launched by the faculty include
Adeyemo, KS (Ed). (2020). The Education Systems of Africa. Global Education Systems. Springer, Cham
Bentrovato, D & Wassermann, JM (Eds). (2020). Teaching African History in Schools – Experiences and Perspectives from Africa and Beyond. Brill Sense
Maree, JG (Ed). (2019). Handbook of Innovative Career Counselling. New York, NY: Springer
Maree, JG (Ed). (2020). First Steps in Research (3rd ed). Pretoria, South Africa: Van Schaik Publishers    
Maree, JG (2020). Innovating Counselling for Self- and Career Construction: Connecting Conscious Knowledge with Subconscious Insight. New York, NY: Springer
Omidire, MF (Ed). (2019). Multilingualism in the Classroom: Teaching and Learning in a Challenging Context. Cape Town, South Africa: UCT Press
- Author Masego Panyane

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