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
  • Teaching and Learning in a community of practice

Field of Specialisation

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Distance Education

Books

Academic books/chapters in books during the last five years

  • Celia Booyse & Elize Du Plessis. 2018: Curriculum Studies: Development, Interpretation, Plan And Practice 3rd edition. ISBN: 978 0 627 03587 6. E-book (eISBN: 978 0 627 03588 3). Pretoria: Van Schaik (pp 27-104).
  • Joubert, I., Hartell, C. & Lombard, K. (Eds). 2016. Navorsingsboek - 'n Gids vir die Beginnernavorser. ISBN 978 0 627 03291 2. Pretoria: Van Schaik (pp 73-81; 217-230).
  • Maphalala, M. (Ed). 2015. Teaching and Learning Strategies in South Africa. ISBN 978 1 473 70919 5. Hampshire: Cengage Publishers.
  • Gravett, S., De Beer, J.J. & Du Plessis, E.C. (Eds.) 2015. Becoming a teacher. 2nd edition. ISBN 978 1 775 95019 6. Cape Town: Pearson (pp 77-109).
  • Booyse, C. & Du Plessis, E.C. 2015. Kurrikulumstudies: Ontwikkeling, Interpretasie, Plan en Praktyk. ISBN 978 0 627 03279 0.  Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Booyse, C. & Du Plessis, E.C. 2014. Curriculum Studies: Development, Interpretation, Plan and Practice. 2nd edition. ISBN 978 0 627 03116 8. Pretoria: Van Schaik (pp 45-112).

Journal articles

Articles in accredited journals during the last five years

  • Du Plessis, E.C. 2017. Die essensie van morele waardes in die konteks van ‘n parallelmedium skool/The essence of moral values in the context of a parallel-medium school. Tydskrif vir Christelike wetenskap/Journal for Christian scholarship. Jaargang 53(1&2):175-194. ISSN 1013-1116.
  • Du Plessis, E.C. 2017. The voices of student teachers on the accessibility of e-learning initiatives in a distance education community of practice. Journal for New Generation Sciences. Volume 15(1):260-277. ISSN 1684-4998.
  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Marais, P. 2017. A Grounded Theory Perspective on Leadership in Multicultural Schools. Journal of Asian and African Studies. Printed online 3 November 2015:1–16. DOI: 10.1177/0021909615612122 jas.sagepub.com. ISSN: 0021-9096; Online ISSN: 1745-2538
  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Marais, P. 2017. Versoening tussen leerders: Is parallelmediumskole die antwoord op die probleem van rassisme? Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe. Jaargang 57(2-2):722-737 DOI.10.17159/2224-7912/2017/v57n2-2a8. ISSN 0041-4751. EISSN 2224-7912.
  • Marais, P. & Du Plessis, E.C. 2015. Learnership in South African Schools as a community of practice: An Open Distance Learning Approach. International Journal of Education Sciences. Volume 11(3): 320-329.
  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Marais, P. 2015. Reflections on the NCS to NCS (CAPS):  Foundation phase teachers’ experiences. The Independent Journal of Teaching and Learning. Volume 10:114-126. ISSN 1818-9687.
  • Du Plessis, E.C. & Mbunyuza-De Heer Menlah, N.M.M. 2014. Does the Department of Basic Education Take the International Call to Provide Quality Education for all Seriously? International Journal of Social Sciences.  Volume 41(2):209-220. ISSN 0971-8923.  http://www.krepublishers.com.
  • 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).

Paper presentations

Conference proceedings during the last five years

  • 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?

International papers presented during the last five years

  • 2018. EASA Annual International Conference at Elangeni Hotel, Durban: 14-17 January.  Conference theme: Charting Inventive Educational Pathways: Theoretical and applied approaches for negotiating the current educational discourses in South Africa.  Paper:  The role of the external school consultant as agent for school improvement.  Presenters: R.M. Odendaal and E.C. du Plessis.
  • 2017. 31st International Conference on Teaching, Education & Learning (ICTEL), Middlesex University, Mauritius: 14-15 December. Presenter: E.C. du Plessis: Learner-centered Teaching: Student teachers’ voices 2017.  EASA Annual International Conference at Khaya iBhubesi, North-West Province:  8 – 11 January.  Conference theme:  #InspiredByTheDome: Optimising the impact of our research, teaching and community engagement to facilitate change towards a functional and harmonious, diverse South African education(al) landscape.  Paper one:  Presenters:  E.C. du Plessis and P. Marais:  Will e-learning enhance sustainable development in a changing educational landscape? Hear our students‟ voices.  Paper two:  Presenters:  E.C. du Plessis and G. van der Westhuizen – University of Johannesburg:  The contribution of grounded theory research to the changing educational landscape.
  • 2016.  International Conference on Social Science, Literature, Business and Education at The Holiday Inn Express hotel, New York:  21st – 22nd of December.  Presenter:  E.C. du Plessis:  The voices of student teachers on the accessibility of e-learning initiatives in a distance education community of practice.
  • 2016.  EASA Annual International Conference at Arabella Hotel & Spa, Hermanus: 17 - 20 January.  Conference theme:  Dealing with educational inequalities in the age of measurement in South Africa – chasing numbers versus supporting students to succeed.  Presenters:  E.C. du Plessis and P. Marais:  Challenges facing leaders in multicultural schools.
  • 2015.  35th International Seminar for Teacher Education (ISfTE) at Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA:  21 - 26 June.  Conference theme: Critical Issues for Tomorrow’s Teachers. Presenter:  E.C. du Plessis.  The Essence of Moral Values in a Parallel-Medium School Context.
  • 2015.  7th Annual Teaching Practice/Didactics Symposium.  Riverside Sun Hotel, Vanderbijlpark.  26 - 27 October.  Presenters:  P. Marais and E.C. du Plessis.  Overcrowded classrooms: A nightmare for student teachers.
  • 2015.  EASA Annual International Conference at Legend Golf and Safari Resort: 11 – 14 January.  Conference theme:  Celebrating excellence in education:  a strong and enduring education system in the first 20 years of democracy.  Presenters:  E.C. du Plessis and P. Marais: The curriculum and assessment policy statement (CAPS): are we on the high road to educational excellence?
  • 2015.  MGIP 3rd Annual Learnerships & Work Integrated Learning Conference. Protea Hotel OR Tambo.  29 October.  Presenter:  E.C. du Plessis.  A WIL model in distance education.
  • 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?

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Chair of the re-curriculation task-team of the PGCE (Senior phase and FET) programme according to the new policy:  Minimum requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (Government Gazette 25 July 2011/2015) (2011 – 2018)
  • Course coordinator (PGCE: Snr & FET phase)
  • International Editorial board:  Academy Journal of Educational Science – Turkey (Since January 2017)
  • College Higher Degrees Committee (CHDC) (2018)
  • Women in Research: Developing Researcher Award (UNISA:  15 March 2012)
  • Member of the College of Education Teaching and Learning committee
  • Member of the PQM team
  • Member of EASA, SAERA, GRDS and ISfTE

Projects

  • Community engagement project in Alexandra schools and Johannesburg East.
  • Workshops for Nigerian school principals.
  • Adopt a student:  Miss Olga Busi Mahlangu to complete her Diploma in Gr R teaching
  • Assessment and curriculum committee at Hoërskool Uitsig (Multicultural school), involved in CAPS training.