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Priya Vallabh

Priya Vallabh

1: Contact details:

Name: Priya Vallabh
Phone: + 27 (0) 46-603 7220
Email: p.vallabh@ru.ac.za
Qualifications: NatDip (Pretoria Technikon); MEd Environmental Education (Rhodes University); MA Online and Distance Education (Open University, UK).

2: Biography

Priya is a PhD candidate, with a Diploma in Nature Conservation, and a double-masters in Education (Environmental Education) and Online and Distance Learning.

She started her career as a nature conservator with KZN Wildlife, and soon joined the environmental education team in Umfolozi Game Reserve. There, she helped to design and run environmental education programmes and camps for children.

After completing her masters in Environmental Education in 2004, she joined the Eco-schools team as the national coordinator of the programme. During this time, she worked with teachers, and government and NGO’s partners supporting environmental learning in schools from across the country to strengthen environmental learning and action-taking within schools. She went on to consult on a variety of environmental-learning related projects, ranging from teaching and learning materials development to research on green skills in South Africa. In 2009, she joined Birdlife South Africa as the Community Guide programme manager, where she worked with communities along birding routes to develop bird-guiding skills and businesses. Between 2011 and 2014, she again consulted on a range of environmental learning projects, including working with Fundisa for Change, and assisting with course development for a certificate course for South African Heritage Resources Association (SARHA).

Since moving to Rhodes in 2015 as a junior lecturer, her worked has focused on the integration and strengthening of e-learning into the work of the ELRC. As part of this work, she is collaborating with the United Nations Development Programme to develop strategic guidelines for the implementation of MOOCs as part of their work, as well as collaborating in the development of a trans-disciplinary MOOC on environmental learning. Her research interests are focused on the potential of networked learning and the deepening of their social learning and action-taking potential.

3: Research

Priya’s research is concerned with the potential of networked technologies to support wider social learning and environmental action-taking. Her current focus, through the development of her dissertation (in progress), is on citizen science models within South Africa. In particular, she is interested in how different models of citizen science support multiple forms of social learning and action-taking. Underpinning this interest is an interest in the way the different learning cultures of citizen science programmes enable epistemic access to science disciplines.

From a social change perspective, she hopes to be able to provide a clearer understanding of how different forms of learning and environmental action can be supported more effectively through these different models of citizen science.

Priya is a scholar in the citizen science research group.

4. Teaching and learning

Currently, Priya is primarily involved in supporting other teaching and learning programmes at the ELRC, and in the education department more widely. Her focus is on strengthening and enhancing teaching and learning practices through technology integration. As such, she works with other lecturers to support the pedagogically sound introduction of technology and networked learning tools into existing programmes.

She has also participated in the development of a number of certificate courses supporting environmental learning, and is currently providing critical feedback into the development of an international MOOC on trans-disciplinarity and environmental education.

5. Publications

a) Internationally Refereed Journals

Vallabh, P., Sisitka, H., O’Donoghue, R. & Schudel, I. (in press). Mapping epistemic cultures and learning potential of citizen science projects. Conservation Biology (in press): Special edition (Convergence of Citizen Science and Environmental Education for the Benefit of People and Biodiversity).

Davies, J., Engdahl, I., Otieno, L., Pramling-Samuelson, I., Siraj-Blatchford, J. & Vallabh, P. (2009). Early Childhood Education for Sustainability: Recommendations for development. International Journal of Early Childhood, 42(2), 113-118.

b) Other recognised outputs

Davies, J., Engdahl, I., Otieno, L., Pramling-Samuelson, I., Siraj-Blatchford, J. & Vallabh, P. (2008). Early Childhood Education, in Ottosson, P. & Samuelsson, B. (eds.) The Gothenburg Recommendations on Education for Sustainable Development. Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (SWEDESD): Goteborg.

Vallabh, P. (2007). A Perspective on Risk, Policy, Community-based Early-childhood Development and Education for Sustainable Development in South Africa, in Bjorneloo, I. & Nyberg, E. (eds.). Drivers and Barriers for Implementing Learning for Sustainable Development in Pre-School through Upper Secondary and Teacher Education. Technical paper no. 4 – 2007: Education for Sustainable Development in Action. UNESCO: Sweden.

Vallabh. P. (2004). How policy discourse and contextual realities influence environmental teaching and learning processes in early childhood development: A case study of Raglan Road Childcare Centre. Unpublished Master of Education Dissertation, Grahamstown, Rhodes University.

c) Significant conference outputs

Vallabh, P. (2014). Epistemic access to developing foundational science learning and skills in the biodiversity sector … are the rumors about online citizen science true? Paper presented at the 2nd National Conference on Global Change. 1-5 December, 2014. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.

Vallabh, P. (2015). Do citizen science methodologies enable epistemic access? Paper presented at the Legitimation Code Theory Colloquium 2015. Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Rhodes University & University of Cape Town, Cape Town.

b) Products and Teaching Materials

Vallabh, P. (2012) Development of integrated assessment tasks for: Professional Development Certificate Course in Integrated Heritage Resources Management, Rhodes University: Environmental Learning Research Centre, Grahamstown. 

Beeton, D., Cauldwell, J., Dzhugudzha, P., Goburdhan, P., Malema, V., Mathiba, T., Misser, S., Pillay, R., Ramsarup, P., Shava, S. & Vogel, C. (2012). Teaching Climate Change: Energy Exchange. EnviroTeach, vol. 20.



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