Author: Rosemarie Milburn

Journal of Education to be indexed with SciELO

The Scholarly Publications Unit at Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has invited the Journal of Education to be indexed with SciELO SA (Scientific Electronic Library Online). This means that the journal received a positive peer review evaluation from the ASSAf Peer Review Panel, publishes regularly and is open access.

SciELO SA is a fully indexed open-access journal collection in the service of the South African research community through effective quality assurance, worldwide visibility, accessibility and impact, and amenability to bibliometric analysis. SciELO SA is connected to international indexing services, e.g. Thomson Reuter’s Web of Knowledge now integrates the SciELO Citation Index.
This means that the articles published in the Journal of Education will be more visible and accessible.

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New President and office bearers elected

New President and office bearers elected

Prof Sechaba Mahlomaholo completed his two-year term as SAERA president at the 5th conference held in Port Elizabeth last week. The new president is Prof Lesley Wood from North West University, who had previously served as Deputy President. The other office bearers who were elected are Ingrid Baigrie (UJ) as Treasurer, Siphiwe Mthiyane (Wits) as Deputy President, Labby Ramrathan (UKZN) as Secretary. These office bearers will serve a two year term starting from October 2017.

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A prophetic and profound influence in adult education

Dear Members,
On behalf of the SAERA Executive

SAERA are deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Clive John Miller. He was one of the founders of SAERAs constitutive organisations and a remarkable education scholar.
May our condolences bring his family comfort.

A prophetic and profound influence in adult education
Alan J Penny
31 July 2017 University World News Africa Edition Issue 201
Professor Clive John Millar was the first chair of adult education at a South African university and had a profound influence on the development of university-based adult education in South Africa. He was a founder of the Kenton Conference, an annual meeting of teacher education leaders that helped to inform and influence the shape of teacher and adult education policy, practice and research in post-apartheid South Africa. He passed away at his home in Scarborough in Cape Town on 18 July, ending a long battle with cancer.
Millar was born in Cape Town on 24 June 1936 to parents who taught him to appreciate the fine, if simple, things of life, and to embody the principles of integrity, fairness and justice, and the value and appreciation of humour and personal warmth.

He attended the South African College School and, after what he described as a poor matriculation pass, he entered the University of Cape Town. In that environment he blossomed both intellectually and personally, achieving a first-class honours degree in English in 1957, a Bachelor of Education degree with distinction a year later and a Master of Arts in English in 1962.

Between 1959 and 1963 he taught at Westerford High School in Rondebosch, Cape Town and the Gordon Schools in Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He joined the staff of Aberdeen College of Education in 1963 and remained there until his appointment to the staff of the University of Cape Town in 1967. In 1972 he successfully completed a Master of Science degree in Education at the University of Stirling, Scotland.

In 1975 he took up the inaugural Chair of Teaching Science at the University of Fort Hare. He remained there until he was appointed Professor of Adult Education at the University of Cape Town in 1979 – the first chair of adult education at a South African university. He held the chair until his early retirement due to ill health at the end of 1998.

‘A subtle, rare and respectful gift’

As a teacher he was noted for his openness, modesty, warmth and humanity. He didn’t come with a prescription for any particular action or direction; rather, he provided space to explore different options and directions to the point where those with whom he was working would reach a realisation of what could be appropriate in any given situation. It was a subtle, rare and deeply respectful gift.

As a researcher and writer he possessed an acuity few of his colleagues could match. As family friend Professor Barry Hymer has written, “Clive’s work reflected a profound respect for the reader and a finely tuned capacity for problematising easily accepted norms or understandings. His writing style was impressively accurate and succinct, whilst his logic and written work was admirably spare, elegant and unpretentiously lucid.”

The well-crafted and prophetic arguments of his University of Fort Hare inaugural lecture in 1975 resonate to this day as the present government of South Africa and South African universities attempt to address the meltdown in these institutions. The boldness of what he had to say on that occasion, and his subsequent oratory in the decision-making halls of the University of Cape Town, whilst generally courteously received, marked him as a person to be taken seriously, if not to be kept at arm’s length by those threatened by his insights. He had the ability to expose the contradictions implicit in teacher and higher education, contradictions which persist to this day.

Teaching as communication

He saw teaching as a kind of communication with learners whilst he also recognised the power of the context to demotivate and disempower both teachers and learners. A clear thread is notable in his personal development too, from a belief and confidence in technical skills to the evolution of an acute personal and experiential awareness of personal knowledge and a sound awareness of the significance of context.

His role in shaping the future of university-based adult education in South Africa was profound. The move to the
University of Cape Town as its first Professor of Adult Education gave him the opportunity to develop and nurture a model of a collective institutional academic enterprise, a model which his close friend and colleague Professor Tony Morphet has described as bringing together people and ideas in which the intrinsic goods of intellectual work are corporately and intensely valued.

As Morphet has remarked, “Clive was a craftsman – boats, houses, combi’s and second hand cars, all the ordinary things anyone gets involved in, conjoined with intellectual craftsmanship – the use of propositions, logic, argument, debate, and reason”. It was a model which brought together marginal people and immersed them in processes which encouraged them to find a common focus in a coherent project.

It is significant to note that as early as the 1980s Millar, his colleagues and students (all learners) were using and practising such concepts as curriculum negotiation, facilitation, process, problematisation, academic discourse, experiential learning and reflection – all of which that have become orthodox today and, indeed, are all features of an intellectual craft and academic work.

Kenton Conference

On the national stage Millar is probably best remembered as one of the founding fathers of the Kenton Conference, an annual get-together of teacher education leaders which did much to inform and influence the shape of teacher and adult education policy, practice and research in post-apartheid South Africa.

Over the course of his academic career he wrote several books and seminal papers which, when read today, surprise the reader with what they say about the present challenges facing the education sector in South Africa and, indeed, many other countries too. Last year, in spite of rapidly declining health, he published A Practical Guide to Classroom Research. The book brings together the best in classroom-based research by teachers and their training.

Millar is survived by his wife Sheila with whom he shared a long and happy marriage, and two sons Christopher and Paul, their wives and five grandchildren. As one of them has said: “Apart from all he did with us, he was great company too.”
University World News

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The annual SAERA Nelson Mandela Education Legacy Lecture

The annual SAERA Nelson Mandela Education Legacy Lecture

Date: 18 September 2017
Time: 18:00
Venue: Council Chambers Madibeng Building
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
RSVP: Prudence Mohau at by 4 September 2017

The speaker for the 2017 lecture is Prof Ihron Rensburg, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg.
The title of his presentation is: The meaning of decolonizing knowledge and universities – problems and opportunities

UJ_SAERA_invite_Mandela Lecture 18 Sept 2017

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Call for SAERA Research Honours Award

South African Education Research Association

Call For SAERA Research Honours Award

In 2017, SAERA launched its inaugural call for the Research Honours award.

The SAERA Research Honours award may be made annually to an individual for an outstanding contribution to educational research in South Africa.

email: az.oc.areasnull@esor

  1. Criteria for SAERA Research Honours award

1.1 The individual has contributed to the development of education research in South Africa over a sustained period of time and has made an exceptional contribution with respect to i) research outputs of consistently high quality (e.g. sustained, excellent post graduate supervision; journal articles and book chapters; edited and sole authored books) and ii) through meaningful service to education research (e.g. role in South African research associations; research innovation/management positions; research development).

1.3 The contribution should promote the transformational agenda of SAERA in terms of research in South Africa.

  1. Eligibility

2.1 The nominee should be a South African citizen/permanent resident.

  1. Process of nomination

3.1 Any SAERA member may nominate an individual for the award.

3.2 The following documents should be submitted to az.oc.areasnull@esor by 31 August 2018:

  1. A completed nomination form (available below) signed by the nominator and nominee.
  2. A nominator’s statement of 1000 words maximum in support of the nomination. The statement should clearly indicate how the nominee has contributed to the development of education research in South Africa.
  3. Supporting documents may be attached to validate the statement if wished.
  4. Evaluation process

The evaluation panel will comprise 2 executive members of SAERA, plus two members nominated by the evaluation panel. Their recommendation will be approved by the full executive of SAERA.

  1. Award

The SAERA Research Honours award will be presented at the annual conference in the form of a framed certificate. The recipient will be sponsored for registration of the conference and will thus receive SAERA membership for the coming year. The recipient will be expected to present an overview of their work at the conference

Click below for nomination form

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