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Teaching & Learning

Community Engagement:
Community engagement is not infused equally across the Faculty of Science but is a very important part of the lives of many of our staff. It is seen in its various forms through the faculty and a few examples are highlighted below.

Engaged research:
There is increasing interest in the Faculty of Science in engaged research, in which the research involves close co-operation with the community that will contribute to, and benefit from the research. Engaged research begins at the start of a research process, and the research questions, methods and process are co-created with the community. The researchers benefit from the deep contextual knowledge of community participants and this increases the likelihood that the research outputs and outcomes will be used by the community.

Service Learning:
In service learning is not widespread through the Faculty and is certainly more easily instituted in some departments rather than others. Good examples are seen in Entomology, Chemistry and Human Kinetics & Ergonomics.

Staff and students from many departments interact with scholars in an effort to broaden knowledge and better prepare the scholars for entry to university. An excellent example is the Khanya Maths and Science Club, the aims of which are to develop a passion for maths and science amongst learners most of who come from schools that are not equipped to teach these subjects properly. Staff and students from the Chemistry Department co-ordinate, run and teach at the Khanya Maths and Science Club and Classes are held every Saturday morning.

Rhodes University Maths Experience: The Rhodes University Mathematics Experience is an afternoon of competition, enlightenment and fun for High school learners of the Makana District of the Eastern Cape. It is held in February every year on the Rhodes University campus. The inaugural event was held in February 2012 and attracted around 270 learners from Grades 8 – 12 from schools surrounding Grahamstown. The following year, the event grew to close on 400 learners and indications suggest that this trend could continue.  At this stage, schools are limited to five participants per grade. Three papers are set: one for Grade 7 and 8 learners, one for Grade 9 and 10 learners and one for Grade 11 and 12 learners.  For ease of marking, the answers to all the questions are simple numerical ones. Prizes include calculators, books and money and Rhodes University bursary. In 2014, a new prize of a fully funded trip to either the SKA or the South African National Space Agency Observatory at Hermanus was awarded to the top learners from an under-resourced school. 


A number of staff and Departments invite learners from Grahamstown schools to spend time in research laboratories.

Pollutant’s Tales:

This is an interactive display that illustrates some aspects of global warming and the effects of pollution and has been taken to schools in the Eastern Cape Province by staff and students in the Chemistry Department. 

Popularisation of Science:

This takes many forms through the faculty, from the contribution of popular articles to newspapers and magazines, to the presentation of displays and workshops at SciFest, and popular talks to schools and the Grahamstown community.

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