Department of Curriculum and Instructional Studies

Prof EC du Plessis

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Curriculum and Instructional Studies
Professor
E-mail: Dplesec@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • HED (1986, RAU)
  • B.Ed.(HONS) (1988, RAU)
  • M.Ed. (Curriculum studies) (1990, RAU)
  • D.Ed. (Didactics) (1995, RAU)

Fields of academic interests

Research interest

  • Curriculum Studies
  • ODL
  • Work integrated learning

Field of Specialisation

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Distance Education

Books

Academic books/chapters in books

  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Booyse, C. 2014.  The educator as learning programme developer.  2nd edition. Pretoria:  Van Schaik (pp 45-112).
  • De Beer, J., Du Plessis, E.C. & Gravett S.  2010:  Becoming a teacher. Pretoria:  Pearson (pp 53-75)
  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Booyse, C. 2008.  The educator as learning programme developer.  Pretoria:  Van Schaik (pp 1 – 74) 

Journal articles

Articles in accredited journals

  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Kamper, G.D. 2014.  Some Critical Reflections on Open Distance Learning, With Particular Reference to Work-Integrated Learning.  Africa Educational Review.  Volume 11(1) (pp 807-820). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18146627.2013.853568#.UuEcEhD8JD8
  • Du Plessis, E.C. 2013.  Insights from returning teachers' exposure to curriculum change and professional development.  ACTA Academica Volume 45(1) 2013.
  • Du Plessis,E.C. & Kamper, G.D. 2013.  Some Critical Reflections on Open Distance Learning, With Particular Reference To Work-Integrated Learning.  Africa Educational Review.  Volume 10 (4).
  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Marais, P. 2013.  Emotional experiences of student teachers during teaching practice: a case study.  Progressio, South African journal for open and distance learning practice. Volume 35(1) (pp 208-224).
  • Du Plessis, E.C. 2013. Mentorship challenges in the teaching practice of distance learning students. The Independent Journal of Teaching and Learning. Volume 8 (pp 29-43).
  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Marais, P. 2012.   Learners in the marketplace: ethical and educational dilemmas.  KOERS.  November 2012.  Volume 77(1) http://koersjournal.org.za/index.php/koers/article/view/48
  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Venter, E. 2012.   Bullying in schools - the educator's role.  KOERS November 2012.  Volume 77(1) http://koersjournal.org.za/index.php/koers/article/view/48
  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Venter, E. 2012.   Bullying in schools - the educator's role.  KOERS November 2012.  Volume 77(1) http://koersjournal.org.za/index.php/koers/article/view/48
  • Du Plessis, E.C. 2010. Students’ experiences of work-integrated learning in teacher education.  Progressio:  South African journal for open and distance learning practice. August 2010.  Volume 32(1) (pp 206-214)
  • Du Plessis, E.C., Marais, P., Van Schalkwyk, A. & Weeks, F. 2010.Adapt or die:  the views of UNISA student teachers on teaching practice. Africa Education Review journal.  November 2010. Volume 7(2) (pp 323-341)
  • Du Plessis, E.C., Marais, P. & Van Schalkwyk, A. 2011.The role of lecturers as mentors in the assessment of student teachers. Progressio. South African journal for open and distance learning practice.  September 2011.  Volume 33(2) (pp 23-42) 

Paper presentations

Conference proceedings

  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Pretorius, F.J.  2013.  Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference of the Education Association of South Africa, EASA. Mpekweni Resort, Eastern Cape: 17 – 20 January 2012. Criticality, Creativity and Connections: In pursuit of educational innovations.  July (pp 19-43), ISBN: 978-1-86822-640-5.  Semesterisation:  The downfall of a great system?
  • Du Plessis, E.C. 2013.  Proceedings of the XI Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society. Plovdiv, Bulgaria: 14 - 17 May 2013.  Education in One World.  Perspectives from, Different Nations.  BCES Conference Books, Volume 11 (pp 53-58), ISBN: 978-954-92908-3-7.  Do teachers receive proper in-service training to implement changing policies:  perspective from the South-African case?
  • Du Plessis, E.C.  2011. International Journal for e-Learning Security (IJeLS), Volume 1, Issues 1/2, March/June (pp 60-70), ISSN 2046-4568 (Online) http://www.infonomics-society.org/IJeLS/Published%20papers.htm:  A Mixed Method Study About The Experiences Of Students And Lecturers Of Work-integrated Learning In Teacher Education
  • Du Plessis, E.C., Venter, E. & Vogel, D. 2010. Proceedings of the 2009 Annual Conference of Education Association of South Africa, EASA, Karridene, Illovo Beach 13 – 16 January 2009.  Education:  Making every voice count.  February 2010 (pp 269-285), ISBN 978-1-86822-580-4.  Girl bullying: Aggressive behaviour of secondary school girls.

International papers presented

    • 2014. 49th DEASA Conference at Mauritius:  4 – 7 December.  Conference theme: ODL:  Towards sustainable development in the SADC Region. Will E-learning enhance sustainable development in Higher Education?  Hear our students’ voices.
    • 2014.  EASA International Annual Conference at Golden Gate National Park Hotel:  12 – 15 January 2014.  Conference theme:  The long walk to freedom:  Complexities and successes on the road to improved education in South(ern) Africa.  Presenters: A. van Schalkwyk, P. Marais and E.C. du Plessis).  Learnership in South African schools:  An Open Distance Learning approach. 
    • 2013.  21st Annual conference of the Australian Society for French Studies (Pedagogy: teaching in “face-to-face: and “distance” modes).  University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia:  9 - 11th December 2013.  Views of distance education students on teaching practice at schools.
    • 2013.  SAERA International Conference. ATKV Klein Kariba: 28 – 31January 2013:  Conference Theme:  The state of play in educational research in South Africa:  practices and perspectives. Session chair:  E.C. du Plessis. Presenters:  N.M.M. Mbunyuza-De Heer Menlah and E.C. du Plessis. Exploring the prescripts of the SA constitution no 108 of 1966 in the provision of basic education.
    • 2013.  XI Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society. Plovdiv, Bulgaria: 14 - 17 May 2013.  Conference theme:  Education in One World.  Presenter:  E.C. du Plessis.  Do teachers receive proper in-service training to implement changing policies:  perspective from the South-African case?
    • 2012.  UNISA International Open Distance Learning Conference (ODL).  Kgorong Building, Unisa Campus, Pretoria:  5 - 7 September 2012.  Conference theme:  Open Distance Learning in digital, open and mobile futures.  Presenter:  E.C. du Plessis.  Students’ view on e-learning.
    • 2012.  International Studying Leadership Conference.  Curtin Graduate School of Business – Perth, Australia. 10-12 December 2012.  Presenter: E.C. du Plessis.  Leadership in the implementation of a semester system.
    • 2011. EASA International Conference at Sun City, South Africa: 10 – 13 January 2011. Conference theme: Beauty and the Beast; towards turning the tide in education. Presenters: E.C. du Plessis and P. Marais. The ‘returning teachers’ and the revised curriculum: How do they adopt and adapt?
    • 2011. International Koers Conference on Worldview and Education at North West University - Potchefstroom: 30 May – 2 June 2011. Presenters: E.C. du Plessis and P. Marais. Scholars in the marketplace: ethical and educational dilemmas.
    • 2011. International Koers Conference on Worldview and Education at North West University - Potchefstroom: 30 May – 2 June 2011. Presenters: E.C. du Plessis and E. Venter. Bullying in schools – the educator’s role.
    • 2011.  Ireland International Conference of Education (IICE).  Bewleys Hotel, Dublin. 3 – 5 October 2011.  Presenter and session chair:  EC du Plessis. Teacher education through distance learning.
    • 2010. EASA International Conference at the Quest Conference Estate, Vanderbijlpark: 12 – 14 January 2010. Presenters: E.C. du Plessis and P. Marais. A PLATFORM FOR PARTNERSHIPS: Mentoring of students during teaching practice through distance education.
    • 2010. WSKS International congress at the Aquis Palace Hotel, Corfu Island – Greece: 22 – 24 September 2010. Presenter: E.C. du Plessis. Teacher training through distance education. 

    Professional positions, fellowships & awards

    • Course coordinator
    • Member of the College of Education Teaching and Learning committee
    • Member of the PQM team
    • Women in Research: Developing Researcher Award (UNISA:  15 March 2012)

    Projects

    • Assessment and curriculum committee at Hoërskool Uitsig, involved in CAPS training.