Department of Educational Leadership and Management

Prof HM van der Merwe

College of Education
School of Educational Studies
Department: Educational Leadership and Management
Professor
E-mail: vdmerhm@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BA
  • HED (postgrad)
  • Bed (hons)
  • MEd (Education Management)
  • PHD in Education Management

Currently teaching

  • Hons BEd programme and supervises and promotes master’s and doctoral  students

Fields of academic interests

  • Instructional leadership
  • Parent involvement
  • School governance and administration
  • School and teacher effectiveness

Field of Specialisation

  • Education Management
  • Comparative Education

Books

Selected Publications

  • Van der Merwe, H.M. 2011. Education of quality to the poor. Koers, 76(4):771-787.
  • Van der Merwe, H.M. 2011. Migration patterns in rural schools in South Africa: moving away from poor quality education. Education as Change, 15(1):107-120.
  • Van der Merwe, H.M. 2010. Mentoring as a response to merit demands on account of equity. Acta Academica, 42(2):145-168.
  • Van der Merwe, H.M. 2007. The Vudec merger: A recording of what was and a reflection on gains and losses. South African Journal of Higher Education, 21(3):537-551.
  • Van der Merwe, H.M. 2001. The postmodern life-buoy character of higher education. Perspectives in Education, 19(3):18-28.
  • 10 chapters in four different books.

Journal articles

  • Letters to ‘Die Beeld’ on a continuous basis.
  • More than 25 articles published in accredited journals.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Member of the Education Association of South Africa (EASA), the Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES), the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education (SAARDHE), the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), and the Global Universities in Distance Education (GUIDE) Association.

Projects

  • Bramley Embrace-our-Children project
  • Nigerian educational leader training project

Other

Hettie van der Merwe is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the College of Education at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her main academic and research interests concern the provision of good quality education within context. She has carried out research and published on various aspects of school functioning in South Africa in relation to proper school management for proper education. She is a member of the Education Association of South Africa (EASA); the South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education (SAARDHE); and the Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SAHCES).