Holistic Learner Development in Diverse Contexts

Built on the premise of caring, this sub-programme focuses on the enhancement of teachers’ ability to respond to a diversity of learning needs, thus developing a school’s enabling component. The sub-programme aims to increase a teacher’s repertoire of strategies for working with a wide range of individual differences among learners and creating a caring context where learners receive nurturance, support and empathy in order to master learning outcomes. Strategies include different ways to accommodate and teach learners to compensate for different barriers to learning that interfere with their benefitting satisfactorily from learning and instruction. Barriers include: (i) extrinsic barriers that comprise socioeconomic barriers and systemic and pedagogical problems within the school system; and (ii) intrinsic barriers that include medical conditions and medical barriers; sensory impairments, physical impairments.

 

Recent publications

2017

Making meaning of inclusive education: Classroom practices in Finnish and South African classrooms.

Engelbrecht, P., Savolainen, H., Nel, M., Koskela, T. & Okkolin, M-A.

Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
2017

Fostering self-regulated learning: From clinical to whole class interventions.

Hessels-Schlatter, C., Hessels, M.G.P., Godin, H., & Spillmann-Rojas, H.

Educational and Child Psychology
2016

The idealism of education policies and the realities in schools: the implementation of inclusive education in South Africa.

Engelbrecht, P. Nel, M., Smit, S. & Van Deventer, M.

International Journal of Inclusive Education
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Members

Prof. M. (Mirna) Nel

Sub-programme Leader

mirna.nel@nwu.ac.za

Prof. M. (Mary) Grosser

Extraordinary Professor

http://marygrosser.co.za

Prof. H. (Hannu) Savolainen

Extraordinary Professor

Prof. M. (Marco) Hessels

Extraordinary Professor

Dr S. (Stef) Esterhuizen

Researcher (Cognitive potential)

stef.esterhuizen@nwu.ac.za

Dr I. (Isabel) Payne-Van Staden

Researcher (Inclusive education)

11933534@nwu.ac.za

Dr M. (Magda) Kloppers

Researcher (Cognitive potential)

magda.kloppers@nwu.ac.za

V. (Viné Petzer)

PhD Student (Cognitive potential)

vine.petzer@nwu.ac.za

F. (Francois) Minnie

Researcher (Cognitive potential)

23512326@nwu.ac.za

B. (Byron) Bunt

PhD Student (Cognitive potential)

20172672@nwu.ac.za

R. (Rodean) Booysen

Researcher (Inclusive education)

rodeanbooysen@gmail.com

Dr D. (Debbie) Schaffler

Postdoctoral research fellow

dschaffler@gmail.com

Dr T. (Thabo) Makhalemele

Researcher (Inclusive education)

thabo.makhalemele@nwu.ac.za

M. (Mallery) Devereux

Researcher (Inclusive education)

22302492@nwu.ac.za

Pfefo Mokgathle

PhD Student

Phefo.Mokgatlhe@nwu.ac.za

A. (Anne-marie) De Nysschen

Researcher