Rhodes University Logo
Rhodes > ELRC > People > Staff > Dr Ingrid Schudel

Dr Ingrid Schudel

INGRID JOAN SCHUDEL

1: Contact details:

Name: Ingrid Schudel

Phone: + 27 (0) 46-603 7271

Email: i.schudel@ru.ac.za

Qualifications: BSc(University of Cape Town), MEd(Environmental Education)(Rhodes University), PhD (Rhodes University)

 

2: Biography

Ingrid has a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Zoology and Microbiology, a Masters in Education (Environmental Education) and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Rhodes University. She started her work in environmental education through involvement in the Sunbird Environmental Education Centre and the Thomas Baines Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre. After moving to Rhodes University in 2000, her early work included materials development in ecological foot printing, environmental management, consumer choices, and developing environmentally focused materials to support school curriculum needs.

Currently, she is a senior lecturer at Rhodes University involved in pre-service and in-service courses at bachelors, certificate and honours levels with a focus on transformative learning, environmental education and Natural Science teaching in schools. She is also lecturer and co-ordinator of the Masters in Education (Environmental Education) which supports environmental education in school, higher education, community, NGO and government contexts. She has successfully supervised a number of masters studies and is currently moving into doctoral supervision as well.

3: Research

Ingrid’s research is founded on a belief that teaching and learning is a process of critical engagement with real world challenges. From an environmental perspective, this means exploring the potential for sustainable, ecologically sound and socially just ways of living within planetary systems. Her PhD focused on exploring active learning in primary school contexts. Using Bhaskar’s critical realist dialectic, she developed a view of active learning as a reality congruent and transformative approach to seeing, valuing and being in the world.

A further research interest is that of exploring the nature of science with a view to broadening and deepening the views of socially-engaged science in science education classrooms.

She is involved in a number of research programmes, particularly as co-ordinator of the national Fundisa for Change Network and the Citizen Science research programme at the Environmental Learning Research Centre. Across these programmes, broad research interests include active, situated and social learning; knowledge and learning; science and citizenship; transformative learning; curriculum and environmental learning; and teacher professional development.

4. Teaching and learning

Ingrid teaches the Postgraduate Certificate in Education Natural Science and Technology Intermediate Phase Method course, which she has been running since 2012.

Additionally, she has been teaching and supervising on the Masters in Education (Environmental Education) course since 2005 and is now the course co-coordinator – having begun leading this two-year course in 2013. She adds to her masters teaching through participating in the rotating co-ordination of the twice-yearly postgraduate Research Design course for Masters and PhD students run by the Education Faculty.

Ingrid’s early involvement in teaching included the development and teaching of the Advanced Certificate in Education (Environmental Education) and the Advanced Certificate in Environmental Education. She coordinated and taught 5 cohorts of ACE(EE)/ACEE students between 2002 and 2012. Additionally, between 2007 and 2013 she taught four cohorts of a bi-yearly environmental education elective in the second year of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) course run by Rhodes University in Namibia.

5. Students

The MEd(EE) coursework group is a group of 23 students currently.

She is currently also co-supervising four doctoral studies by Zintle Songqwaru, Priya Vallabh, Iris Chimbodza and Sheraine van Wyk.                   

6. Selected Publications

a) Chapters in Books

Schudel, I. (2016). Deliberations on a Changing Curriculum Landscape and Emergent Environmental and Sustainability Education Practices in South Africa. In H. Lotz-Sisitka and J. Lupele (Eds). Education for Sustainable Development in schooling: Africa, pp. 39-56. New York: Springer

Schudel, I. (2016). Exploring critical realist insights into transformative environmental learning processes in contexts of social-ecological risk. In L. Price & H.B. Lotz-Sisitka (Eds), Critical Realism, Environmental Learning and Social-ecological Change, pp. 254-272. London: Routledge.

Schudel, I. (2014). Developing a relational perspective on intergenerational learning. In P.B. Corcoron & B.O. Hollingshead (Eds), Intergenerational learning and transformative leadership for sustainable futures, pp. 239-250. Wageningen, the Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Lotz-Sisitka, H.; Schudel, I.; O’Donoghue, R., & Irwin, P. (2007). Schools and sustainability in South Africa: Piloting a reflexive model for accredited in-service teacher education. In R. McKeown (Ed.), Good practices in Education for Sustainable Development, pp. 47-54. Paris: UNESCO.

Olvitt, L.; Lotz-Sisitka, H.; & Schudel, I. (2007). Reflections on environmental education courses: Good practices using the Earth Charter. In M. Valela (Ed.). Using the Earth Charter as a thinking tool and talking point, pp. 137-141. Paris: UNESCO.

Lotz-Sisitka, H.; Timmermans, I. Ward, K. & Nduna, N. (2005). Improving rural education: Lesson plans, school improvement and learning action (with Eco-Schools). In S.C. le Roux (Ed). Our environment, our stories: A collection of case stories of environmental education in southern Africa, pp. 29-46. Silowa Publishers: Pretoria.

b) Internationally Refereed Journals

Schudel, I. (2017). Exploring knowledge interests within dialectical processes of meaning-making and action in environmental education: Highlighting epistemic relations in Roy Bhaskar’s onto-axiological chain. Journal of Critical Realism (Volume TBA)

Schudel, I. (2014). Exploring a knowledge-focused trajectory for researching environmental learning in the South African curriculum. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, 30, 96-117.

Lotz-Sisitka, H. & Schudel, I. (2007). Exploring the practical adequacy of the normative framework guiding South Africa’s National Curriculum Statement. Environmental Education Research, 13(2), 245-264.

Parkin, F.; Shackleton, C. & Schudel, I. (2006). The effectiveness of schools-based national arbor week activities in greening of urban homesteads: A case study of Grahamstown, South Africa. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 5(2006), 177-187.

Schudel, I. (2005). Students’ Engagement with Learning Theory. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education, Vol. 22, 109-122.

c) National Refereed Journals

Lotz-Sisitka, H.; Ellery, K.; Olvitt, L.; Schudel, I. & O’Donoghue, R. (2010). Cultivating a scholarly community of practice: Towards intellectual community. Acta Academia, 130-150.

Schudel, I.; le Roux, C.; Lotz-Sisitka, H.; Loubser, C.; O’Donoghue, R. & Shallcross, T. (2008). Contextualising learning in Advanced Certificate in Education (Environmental Education) courses: synthesising contexts and experiences. South African Journal of Education. Vol 28:543-559.

d) Products and Teaching Materials

Shava, S.; & Schudel, I. (2012). Teaching biodiversity: Life Sciences - Grades 10-12. Fundisa for Change, Environmental Learning Research Centre, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Schudel, I. & Black, V (Eds). (2005). African Ecological Footprint Challenge. ShareNet, Howick.

Schudel, I. & Kohly, N. (2004). Eco-Office Kit. ShareNet, Howick (I co-managed the development of this resource)

Timmermans, I. (2002). Coelacanths and Other Special Sea Creatures: A Unit of Work for Marine and Coastal Education – Foundation, Intermediate, Senior Phase. Coelacanth Programme, South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown.

Timmermans, I. & Rouhani, V. (2002). Finding Old Four Legs: An Adventure Story of Coelacanths and Scientists. Coelacanth Programme, South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown.

Schudel, I.; Dambuza, T.; Lotz-Sisitka, H.; Magonare, T.; O'Donoghue, R. & Solomon, A. (2000). Active Learning through OBE. Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, the Department of Environment Affairs and Tourism and the Department of Education, Pretoria.

e) Technical Reports

Schudel, I. (2010). Schools and Sustainability evaluation report: Towards a deeper understanding of environmental education in context. Rhodes University Environmental Education and Sustainability Unit. Grahamstown.

Schudel, I. (2006). Researching materials in use: A case study of the use of  DWAF 2020 Vision education materials in the Environment and Sustainability in Schools teacher professional development course. Unpublished report prepared for the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. Rhodes University Environmental Education and Sustainability Unit, Grahamstown.

Raven, G.; Timmermans, I.; Lotz-Sisitka, H. & Nduna, N. (2005). Storyline of a project in context: The National Environmental Education Project for General Education and Training (NEEP-GE) in the Eastern Cape Province. Rhodes University Environmental Education & Sustainability Unit, Grahamstown.

Timmermans, I. (2003). Portfolio Development in the Eastern Cape NEEP-GET Makana District. Unpublished report, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Molose, V.; Timmermans, I. & Raven, G. (2003). Developing Professional Development Portfolios. Discussion document for NEEP-GET, Department of Education, Pretoria.

Timmermans, I. and Gon, J. (2003). Environmental Learning and Professional Development:

A Case Study of the NEEP-GET Makana Cluster. Unpublished report. Rhodes University Environmental Education and Sustainability Unit, Grahamstown 

f)  Keynote/Plenary addresses and Invitational Presentations

Schudel, I. (2014). Teacher education theory and practice (including assessment) for transformative environmental learning. Keynote address presented at the Fundisa for Change Teacher Education Conference, Johannesburg, 27-28 February, 2014.

g) Other recognised research outputs

Schudel, I. (2012). Examining emergent active learning processes as transformative praxis: The case of the Schools and Sustainability professional development programme. Unpublished Doctor of Philosophy, Grahamstown, Rhodes University.

Timmermans, I. (2005). Designing resources and research opportunities for contextual and workplace-based environmental education. In Lupele, J. (Ed). Monograph: Case studies of environmental education course development in southern Africa. SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme: Howick.

Editor of Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa Bulletin. EEASA, Howick. January 1997 – November 2000 (2 editions per year) & November 2009 (Guest editor)

h) Articles in Non-refereed/Peer-reviewed Journals

Schudel, I.; Schwinge, M. (In press). EEASA Conference delegates plant trees. Environmental Education Bulletin, 40.

Schudel, I., Zylstra, M., van den Broeck, D., & Powell, M. (2009, May). Greening in the 2009 SAARMSTE Conference: Raising and facing sustainability challenges. Environmental Education Bulletin, 34 & 35, 26-27.

Lotz-Sisitka, H., Schudel, I., O’Donoghue, R. & Irwin, P. (2007). Schools and Sustainability in South Africa: Piloting a reflexive model for accredited in-service teacher education. In UNESCO (Ed) Good Practices in Education for Sustainable Development:  Teacher Education Institutions.   Education for Sustainable Development in Action

Good Practices N° 1 (pp. 47-53). France: Section for Education for Sustainable Development (ED/UNP/ESD), UNESCO.

Timmermans, I. (2006). Assessing evidence of applied competence within a cluster-based approach to teacher professional development: Environmental learning in the Makana Schools Cluster. In T. Hudson, M.Abramson, T.Acland, J.Braham, M.Hill, A. Lines, M. McLinden, D.Saunders, & J.Storan (Eds.), Towards a global understanding of lifelong learning: Making a difference (pp. 334-341). London: Cromwell Press Ltd.

Timmermans, I., le Roux, C., Lotz-Sisitka, H., Loubser, C., O’Donoghue, R., & Shallcross, T. Contextualising learning in Advanced Certificate in Education courses: Comparing contexts and experiences. (2006). In T. Hudson, M.Abramson, T.Acland, J.Braham, M.Hill, A. Lines, M. McLinden, D.Saunders, & J.Storan (Eds.), Towards a global understanding of lifelong learning: Making a difference (pp. 334-341). London: Cromwell Press Ltd.

Timmermans, I. & Lotz Sisitka, H. (2003). Learning through Environmental Policy Implementation. The Declaration, Vol 6(3). University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, Washington D.C.

Timmermans, I. (2003). Course Design Decisions for Environmental Education. EE Mail, Vol 6(2): 10-11.

i) Other significant conference outputs

Chitsiga, C. & Schudel, I. An examination of the nexus of environmental content and environmental learning processes. Paper presented at the South African Education Research Annual Conference. 27-30 October, 2015. Bloemfontein.

 

Schudel, I. Exploring a knowledge-focused trajectory for researching environmental learning in the South African curriculum. Paper presented at the National Environmental Skills Summit, 3-5 March 2015, Johannesburg.

Schudel, I. (2014). Researching the recontextualisation of new knowledge in schools and classrooms. Paper presented at the National Conference on Global Change. 1-5 December, 2014. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.

Schudel, I.; Lotz-Sisitka, H.; Nkhahle, L.; O’Donoghue, R.; & Songqwaru, Z. (2014). Through my eyes or yours?  A view on classroom observation research. Paper presented at the South African Education Research Annual Conference. 12-15 August, 2014. Durban

Schudel, I. (2014). Exploring dialectical relationships in learning: Deepening insights in environmental education. Paper presented at the 17th Annual International Association of Critical Realism Conference. 18th - 21 July, 2014. Institute of Education, London, United Kingdom.

Schudel, I.; Ngcoza, K.; Lotz-Sisitka, H. (2014). Science, society and sustainability: Developing a rights-based approach to science education in an interdisciplinary Masters in Education course. Paper presented at the SAARMSTE Conference. 13-16 January, 2014. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.

Schudel, I. (2012). Using dialectical critical realism in examining active learning processes as transformative praxis. Paper presented at the International Association of Critical Realism annual conference. 16-20 July 2012. Grahamstown, South Africa.

Lotz-Sisitka, H., Ellery, K., Olvit, L., Schudel, I., &O’Donoghue, R. (2009). Cultivating a scholarly community of practice: Towards intellectual community. Paper presented at the Postgraduate Supervision Conference: Research and Practice. 27-30 April 2009. Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Schudel, I. (2009). Environmental Learning within the South African Natural Science Learning Area: Exploring successes and challenges in the senior primary phase. Paper presented at the SAARMSTE Conference, 19-22 January, 2009. Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Schudel, I. (2006). Researching applied competence in teacher professional development. Paper presented at the Kenton at Wilderness Conference, 28 November – 1 December, 2006.

Timmermans, I. (2005). Assessing evidence of applied competence within a cluster-based approach to teacher professional development: Environmental learning in the Makana schools cluster. Forum for the Advancement of Continuing Education Annual Conference 6-8 July 2005. Conference proceedings, University College, Cork, Ireland.

Timmermans, I., le Roux, C., Lotz-Sisitka, H., Loubser, C., O’Donoghue, R. & Shallcross, T. (2005). Contextualising learning in Advanced Certificate in Education (Environmental Education) courses: Comparing contexts and experiences. Forum for the Advancement of Continuing Education Annual Conference 6-8 July 2005. Conference proceedings, University College, Cork, Ireland.

Timmermans, I. (2005). Learning the language of learning; The narration of teaching and learning interactions. Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa Annual Conference 16-20 May 2005, Conference Proceedings, EEASA, Howick.

Last Modified :Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:53:51 SAST