The 16th Annual SAARMSTE Research School
Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Hosted by Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy
19 - 22 June 2018 is now over. According to those who were there, it was a great success. Photos and feedback to follow.
PhD students in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, their promoters and early career post-doctoral researchers attended the Annual SAARMSTE Research School through application and a reviewing process.
For some background information on the Research School, scroll down to read some interesting history and its aims. Following on from these is further information pertaining to the annual event, e.g. participants and themes around which the event revolves, and finally a note on collaboration
The 15th Annual Research School hosted by North West University took place at Bakgatla Resort, near Pilanesberg National Park, North West
The first RS took place at the Eskom conference centre in July 2003. This RS was a tremendous success and as a result a decision was taken to host the RS annually. Across the period since this start, over 400 students have been supported at annual research schools, with highly positive feedback, and increasing progress into Higher Education lecturing, supervision and further research capacity development in STEM education/teacher education
The purpose of the Research Schools is to provide approximately 40-50 PhD participants with the opportunity to explore various aspects of the research process in a supportive environment. Each RS is a 3-4 day residential workshops open to doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and supervisors in mathematics, science and technology education largely from southern Africa. At each school, a team of invited experienced researchers from regional and international universities run plenary sessions and workshops focusing on issues of research design and theory, data collection and analysis, and writing for publication. Participants bring their own research data and writing with them, and in the workshop sessions they are able to share their work with others and get feedback from peers and experienced researchers.
The primary aim of the SAARMSTE Research School is building a critical mass of researchers and educators and aims to produce people with the knowledge and skills that will enable southern Africa to engage proactively in a competitive global economy.
The aims can be listed as follows:
- Enhance the quality of research and research training in Science, Technology and Mathematics education
- Facilitate the progress of doctoral/post-doctoral students engaged in current research
- Provide an opportunity for students to “show case” their work through means of a poster presentation, for comment and engagement in an open atmosphere
- Facilitate a high throughput rate of doctoral students
- Facilitate research writing and publication skills
- Strengthen the community of Science, Technology and Mathematics education researchers
- Bring together supervisors to facilitate the provision of high quality supervision and mentoring in research programmes
- Foster international, national and regional collaboration that will contribute towards a culture of continued Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (STME) research
The participants are drawn from higher education institutes in the SADC region that offer PhD programs. Participants are registered doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and supervisors. Participants participate in presentations, workshops, poster sessions, consultation related to their individual research projects and reviewing of an article that they intended submitting to the African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Sciences and Technology Education (AJRMSTE).
- Theoretical and Conceptual frameworks for research
- Qualitative data analysis
- Quantitative data analysis
- Supervision of research studies
- Collaboration with research stake-holders
- Chapters completed and in progress
- Publication of research
- Poster to showcase their work
The RS embodies collaboration. The majority of South African tertiary institutions have sent doctoral students, as well as many students from institutions in the Southern African region. Senior researchers from all over the world have been invited as facilitators for the Research School, helping to expand networks for academics and students in the SAARMSTE region.
Read feedback and reflections from past international facilitators here.
- A challenge for the RS every year is catering for the diverse audience of supervisors and students at various stages of their research
- Finance to sustain the RSs
Past Research Schools
|2003||Midrand, Gauteng||Beverley Damonse,|
|2004||Embekweni Eastern Cape||Tulsi Morar|
|2005||Mykonos, Western Cape||Lorna Holtman|
|2006||Rustenburg, North West||Hercules Nieuwoudt|
|2007||Salt Rock, KwaZuluNatal||Angela James|
|2008||Pretoria, Gauteng||Annemarie Hattingh|
|2009||Maputo, Mozambique||Danielle Huillet|
|2010||Haga Haga Eastern Cape||John Mammen|
|2011||Pretoria Gauteng||Thomas Sedumedi|
|2012||Howick, KwaZuluNatal||Marc North|
|2013||Goudini, Western Cape||Zena Scholtz|
|2014||Bloemfontein, Free State||Benedict Khoboli|
|2015||Heia Safari Lodge, Gauteng||Elizabeth Mavhunga & Patrick Barmby|
|2016||Mpekweni Beach Resort, Eastern Cape||Carolyn Stevenson-Milln|
|2017||Bakgatia Resort/Pilanesburg, North West||Percy Sepeng|