Department of Curriculum and Instructional Studies

Prof JG Ferreira

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Curriculum and Instructional Studies
Professor
Tel: 012 429 4540
Fax: 086 642 1623
E-mail: ferrejg@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BSc Hons (Entomology); MEd (Didactics); DEd (Didactics); HED; FDE; DTE; ND(Nature Conservation)

Fields of academic interests

Research interest:

  • Life Sciences Education; Environmental Education; Professional development of teachers, Professional positions & awards: Fellow of the Society of Biology; Chartered Biologist

Field of Specialisation

  • Teaching and Learning

Journal articles

Accredited Journal (past 5 years)

  • ONO, Y & FERREIRA, J.G. 2010. A case study of continuing teacher professional development through lesson study in South Africa. South African Journal of Education. 30(1):59-74.
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2011. Teaching Life Sciences to English second language learners: What do teachers do? South African Journal of Education. 31(1):102-113.
  • FERREIRA, J.G. & VENTER, E. 2011. Barriers to learning at an ODL institution. Progressio. 33(1):80-93.
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2012. Could the ‘evolution’ from biology to life sciences prevent ‘extinction’ of the subject field? South African Journal for Science and Technology 31(1):1-5. http://www.satnt.ac.za/index.php/satnt/article/view/366
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2013. ‘Opinions of Life Sciences teachers on genetically modified foods’. South African Journal for Science and Technology. 32(1):1-5. http://www.satnt.ac.za/index.php/satnt/article/view/757
  • KILIAN, H & FERREIRA, J.G. 2012/2013. The effect on attitudes of particular teaching methods used in an environmental education programme. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. 29:192-201.
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2012/2013. Viewpoint Paper: Curriculum development for the ‘kids-in-parks" programme. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. 29:262-270.
  • HENDERSON, L & FERREIRA, J.G. 2014. Co-teaching in the natural Science classroom: A case study. Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology. 5(2):153-159.
  • VENTER, E & FERREIRA, J.G. 2014. A plea for environmental education that focuses on learning to care. Journal of Human Ecology. 46(1): 33-38.
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2014. The contribution of a particular ‘kids in parks’ programme to the professional development of teachers. South African Journal of Education. 34(2). Art #569. http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za
  • FERREIRA, J.G. & VENTER, 2014. ‘The role of environmental education in the integration of caring for the environment and wellbeing’. South African Journal for Science and Technology. 33(1): 1-5
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2012/2013. Viewpoint Paper: Curriculum development for the ‘kids-in-parks” programme. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. 29:262-270.
  • KILIAN, H & FERREIRA, J.G. 2012/2013. The effect on attitudes of particular teaching methods used in an environmental education programme. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. 29:192-201
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2013. Sienings van lewenswetenskap-onderwysers oor die gebruik van geneties-gewysigde gewasse. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie. 32(1) http://www.satnt.ac.za/index.php/satnt/article/view/757
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2012. Sal die ‘ewolusie’ vanaf biologie na lewenswetenskappe ‘uitsterwing’ van die vakgebied voorkom? Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie. 31(1) http://www.satnt.ac.za/index.php/satnt/article/view/366
  • FERREIRA, J.G. & VENTER, E. 2011. Barriers to learning at an ODL institution. Progressio. 33(1):80-93.
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2011. Teaching Life Sciences to English second language learners: What do teachers do? South African Journal of Education. 31(1):102-113.
  • ONO, Y & FERREIRA, J.G. 2010. A case study of continuing teacher professional development through lesson study in South Africa. South African Journal of Education. 30(1):59-74.
  • FERREIRA, J.G. & BOPAPE, J. 2009. Professional development of teachers in the Tshwane district for effective Environmental Education. Southern African Journal of Environmental Education. 26:210-220.

Paper presentations

International papers presented

  • 2014 Teacher Education at a Distance Conference (Kwa Maritane, Pilanesberg, South Africa. 8-11 April 2014. "Life sciences teacher training in an ODL environment – obstacles and solutions"
  • 2014 ISTE Conference (Mopani, KNP, South Africa). 19-24 October 2014. "The interconnectedness between well-being and the environment"
  • 2013 South African Education Research Association Conference (Klein Kariba, South Africa): "The development of natural science teachers’ skills through the kids-in-parks programme".
  • 2013 Eighth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences , 30 July -1 August 2013 (Prague, Czech Republic): "Initial teacher training at a distance: Making the impossible possible".
  • 2013 ISTE Conference (Mopani, KNP, South Africa). 20-25 October 2013. "A plea for environmental education that focuses on learning to care".
  • 2013 Curriculum Reform and Transformation Conference (UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa). 16-17 October 2013: "Changing curricula of environmental education programmes: possible criteria for renewal".
  • 2012 Best of Both Worlds Conference (Klein Kariba, South Africa): "Making the impossible possible: An EE success story"
  • 2012 ISTE Conference (Mopani, KNP, South Africa): "Life Science teacher training through ODL: Is it viable?"
  • 2011 IICE Conference (Dublin, Ireland) Co-presenter: "Bullying: The role of all stakeholders"
  • 2011 Teacher Education at a Distance (Sanbonani, South Africa): "Teacher education or deprivation: A case study"
  • 2011 ISTE Conference (Mopani, KNP, South Africa): "The contribution of the ‘kids in parks’ programme to the development of teaching skills of natural science teachers: A case study."
  • 2010 NBR STIL Conference (Reykjavik Iceland) "Teaching biology to English second language learners"
  • 2010 IACEP Conference (Voss, Norway) "Barriers to learning at an ODL institution"
  • 2010 Research Conference (UNISA, Pretoria) "Factors that influence teaching Biology to ESL learners"

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Fellow of the Society of Biology; Chartered Biologist

Projects

  • Registered SANParks project researching the kids-in-parks programme

Other

Postgraduate Supervisions

Master's students graduated:

  • 2012: Kilian, H.A. MEd (A study of the influence of particular teaching methods in conservation education on knowledge retention and attitude change)
  • 2012" Henderson, L. MEd (The efficacy of co-teaching grade 9 science learners at an international school in Nairobi). Supervisor.