Research Associates

Research fellows

Dr Nimi Hoffmann (University of Sussex) 2015 to current

Nimi Hoffmann is a research fellow at GITES and is responsible for coordinating a representative survey of teachers in the Western Cape regarding their understanding of their role as professionals and the obstacles they face. The aim of the research is to generate a knowledge base to inform policy on how best to support teachers.

Nimi is also a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University. Her research uses a combination of experiments, social network analysis and qualitative research to investigate discrimination and its impact on the flow of knowledge in African universities within a knowledge commons framework.


Prof Michael Anthony Samuel (UKZN) – 2016 to current

Michael Samuel is a Professor in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds Doctorate in Education from the University of Durban-Westville which focuses on a Force field model of teacher development. He has served as a curriculum designer of innovative masters and collaborative doctoral cohort programmes locally and internationally. He has also been a member of the Ministerial Committee on Teacher Education assisting the development of national teacher education policy in South Africa. He has served as Dean (Faculty of Education, UKZN). His research interest focuses on teacher professional development, higher education, life history and narrative inquiry. His book, Life history research: Epistemology, methodology and representation has inspired several studies of professional development in education and the health sciences. Continuity, complexity and change: Teacher education in Mauritius, explores the challenges and possibilities facing a small island in negotiating its presence in global and international discourse of comparative higher education and teacher education. 

Prof Anil Kanjee (Tshwane University of Technology) – 2015 to current

Anil Kanjee is a Research Professor and coordinator of the Postgraduate and Research Program in the School of Education, Tshwane University of Technology. He holds a postgraduate teaching diploma from the University of Cape Town and doctorate in Research and Evaluation Methods from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has worked as a consultant to education ministries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and has served as a technical advisor to a number of national and international organizations including the British Council, UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank. His current research focuses on: (i) the implementation of a district-wide professional development programme for supporting teachers’ use of formative assessment to improve learning and teaching, (ii) the reporting and use of results from large-scale assessment surveys, and (iii) the monitoring and evaluation of teacher policies and practices, conducted in collaboration with the International Task Force on Teachers for Education for All.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Past Postdoctoral Research Fellows:

  • Dr Rajuvelu Govender,2014–2015
  • Dr Jyothi Chabilall, 2014–2015
  • Dr Carmel Chetty, 2014–2015
  • Dr Fhatuwani Ravhuhali, 2015–2016
  • Dr Rada Mogliacci, 2016–2017
  • Dr Yunus Omar, 2016–2017
  • Dr Osman Sadeck, 2018
  • Dr Zahraa McDonald, 2015–2019

Postgraduate Students

D Ed students

  • Jeremy Koeberg – Research topic: Teacher Professional Autonomy: Secondary School Teacher’s Understandings of Autonomy in Western Cape Schools
  • Melanie Sadeck – Research topic: Learning to Teach Science: Experiences of Beginner Teachers
  • Thelma Mort – Research topic: Becoming a teacher: student teacher learning experiences in an initial teacher education programme
  • Joyce Raanhuis – Research topic: Social Cohesion CPD Programmes and Teachers in South Africa
  • Marcina Singh – Research topic: Citizenship in South African Schools: A Study of Four High Schools in the Western Cape
  • Lorna Balie – Research topic: Inclusive education, youth institutions, and restoration amongst youth-at-risk in South Africa
  • Toyer Nakidien- Research topic: Teachers’ use of Assessment for Learning in Foundation Phase classrooms in poor rural schools in the Western Cape
  • Shelley Aronstam – Research topic: The experiences of NQT (newly qualified teacher) when teaching reading in diverse contexts in the Foundation Phase
  • Sahar Mohy-Ud-Din – Research topic: Factors that shape and influence pedagogic practices of newly qualified teachers at the Foundation Phase in the Western Cape
  • Byron Abrahams, Research topic: The role of CPD in developing teachers’ knowledge and practice in using technology
  • Desire Christian, Research topic: Educator motivation to teach on the Cape Flats
  • Lynn Johns – Research Topic: Teachers' perceptions and understandings of Continuing Professional Teacher Development in a Collaboration and private chain school

D Ed Graduates

  • Dr Nelius Janse van Vuuren (2017), link doctoral thesis
  • Dr Jacques Verster (2019), link doctoral thesis

M Ed students

  • Melitta Adams: Research topic: Secondary school teachers’ perceptions of a principal’s role in their teaching practices
  • Loveness Mahwire, Research topic: Intermediate Phase teachers’ experiences of the Edufundi mentorship programme in selected schools in the Western Cape
  • Ragmat Petersen, Research topic: Pedagogies used by grade 3 teachers to promote higher order thinking skills in learners
  • Zainodien Petersen, Research Topic: Teaching, Teacher Professional Developing, and Coding in a Grade 7 Classroom in a Western Cape school
  • Eltena Rethmann, Research Topic: Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) teacher’s perception of their professional identity in selected care centres in the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Fanny Malikebu, Research Topic: Student Teacher Experiences of the teaching practicum in an Initial Teacher Education programme in the Western Cape
  • Sihle Luvuno, Research Topic: Student teachers experiences of learning to teach Accounting at a selected university in the Western Cape

Honours students

  • Aarifah Ismail, Research Project Title: Teachers well-being during the time of COVID 19
  • Siyabulela Mchila, Research Project Title: Pedagogical approaches of NQTs teaching Mathematics literacy
  • Nuhaa Dollie, Research Project Title: Practicing inclusive education
  • Nteboheng Sethathi, Research Project Title: Using technology in the classroom

Visiting international students

  • Mr Patrick Pilorz (Germany), 2014
  • Ms Akiko Hanaya (Japan), 2015 – 2016
  • Ms Jaqueline Gaston (Teachers College, USA), 2015
  • Ms Natasha Robinson (Cambridge University), 2016
  • Ms Merethe Skaras (University of Oslo, Norway), 2017