Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Education academic pens yet another book

EDUCATION FUNDI: Dr Oscar Koopman, a lecturer in the Education Faculty, has published a book which focuses on how to improve the quality of teaching and learning of science in a multi-cultural context   EDUCATION FUNDI: Dr Oscar Koopman, a lecturer in the Education Faculty, has published a book which focuses on how to improve the quality of teaching and learning of science in a multi-cultural context

Following the success of his debut book which was published earlier this year, an academic in the Education Faculty has penned another book.

Dr Oscar Koopman has just recently returned from a six months-sabbatical leave during which he completed his new book, 'Science Education and Pedagogy in South Africa'.

Published by Peter Lang in New York, USA, the book is currently in production and will be released next month.

The multidimensional book explores new teaching methods and looks at various aspects of science teaching and learning.

“I am very honoured to have published with Peter Lang and be reviewed by William Pinar, who is often described as one of the greatest curriculum scholars in the world,” says Koopman.

“Publishing with Peter is not easy because he’s a world class publisher for top academics in the world.”

The book addresses various issues related to the teaching and learning of Physical Science in South Africa, but more specifically its main focus is on how to improve the quality of teaching and learning of science in a multi-cultural context, given the decry for a decolonised curriculum in South Africa.  

“I argue that before we tackle the problem of decolonising the curriculum we first have to obtain empirical evidence of how the psyche of teachers were affected by the legacy of apartheid education.”

This is a solo project with a contribution (one chapter) by CPUT alumnus ,Paul Iwuanyanwu, who recently completed his PhD at the University of the Western Cape.

The book is available online on amazon.com, takealot.com and other stores.

Koopman is also working on another book which will be released early next year.

Written by Kwanele Butana

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