Name: Zintle Nonyameko Songqwaru
Phone:+27(46) 603 7472
Qualifications: B.Ed[Hons] (RU), MEd (RU)
Zintle Nonyameko Songqwaru is a GreenMatter Fellow alumni based at the ELRC. In 2013 – 2015 she was the coordinator of a national teacher professional development programme called Fundisa for Change, which aims to strengthen transformative environmental learning in the South African school curriculum. This is done by supporting teachers and curriculum advisors through SACE endorsed and university accredited short courses, to work with environmental and sustainability content knowledge specified in the national school curriculum.
Zintle’s research interest is in Teacher Professional Development. She is currently completing her doctoral study, which is focusing on the use of theory-based evaluation approaches in evaluating the Fundisa for Change Teacher Education programme.
Teaching and learning
Zintle currently teaches in the Fundisa for Change Training Programme. She also co-supervises Masters’ students. She is also involved with supervising PGCE Intermediate Phase research projects and teaches Environment and Sustainability Education to PGCE Further Education and Training (FET) students.
Zintle works with pre-service teachers completing their Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in the Intermediate and FET phases. She also supports EE Masters’ students.
1. Songqwaru, N.Z. & Shava, S. (in press). Strengthening teachers’ knowledge and practices through a biodiversity professional development programme. In H, B. Lotz-Sisitka, D. Wilmot, J. Lupele & O. Shumba (Eds.). Learning today for tomorrow: Education for sustainable development and schools in Africa. Springer
2. Tshiningayamwe, S.A.N. & Songqwaru, N.Z. (in press). Towards Professional Learning Communities: A review. In H, B. Lotz-Sisitka & D. Wilmot (Eds.). Learning today for tomorrow: Education for sustainable development and schools in Africa. Springer.
3. Franzen, R. L., Thomashow, C., Leou, M., and Songqwaru, N. Z. (2017, in press). Educator professional development. In: Russ, A. and Krasny, M. (Eds.), Urban environmental education review. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.
Songqwaru, N.Z. (2012). Supporting environmental and sustainability knowledge on the grade 10 Life Sciences Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement context: A case study of the Fundisa for Change teacher education and development programme pilot project. Unpublished Master’s thesis. Grahamstown, Rhodes University.
1. Songqwaru, N.Z. (2014). Intervention that shows promise to improve classroom practice and pedagogy. Presented at the Education Association of South Africa (EASA) conference held from the 12th – 15th of January 2014 at the Golden Gate National Park Hotel, Free State.
2. Tshiningayamwe, S.A.N. & Songqwaru, N.Z. (2014). Fundisa for Change Programme – a Professional Learning Community. Presented at the EEASA conference held from the 9th – 12th of September 2014 in Windhoek, Namibia.
3. Songqwaru, N.Z. (2015). A theory-based approach to surfacing assumptions in Continuing Professional Teacher Development Programmes. Presented at the Southern Africa Education Research Association conference (SAERA) conference held from the 27th – 30th of October 2015 at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.
4. Songqwaru, N.Z. (2015). A theory-based approach to surfacing assumptions in
Continuing Professional Teacher Development Programmes. Presented at the South Africa International Conference on Education (SAICE) conference held from the 21st – 23rd of September 2015 at the Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria.
Organisational affiliations: Employed by Rhodes University (http://www.ru.ac.za/elrc/)
Co-ordinated Fundisa for Change (http://www.fundisaforchange.co.za)
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