Department of Curriculum and Instructional Studies

Prof MM van Wyk

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Curriculum and Instructional Studies
Tel: 012 429 6201


Ph.D (Curriculum Studies), MEd (Curriculum Studies); BA (Economics); BEd Hons (Educational leadership and Management); Secondary Teacher Diploma, Certificate in Financial Management, Certificate in Assessment

Fields of academic interests

Research interest:

Economics education, Cooperative learning, Indigenous knowledge systems, Economic justice, Social media technology, Sustainable rural ecologies, Community engagement, Quantitative research methods, Indigenous pedagogy, Life history and  Auto-ethnography

Field of Specialisation

Economics Education , Curriculum studies, Indigenous education, Cooperative learning,  Teacher Education


Academic Books and Chapters in Research books:

    • Van Wyk MM. Integration of Information and Communication Technology into teaching practice. In MJ Taole (Editor), Teaching Practice, Perspectives and Frameworks (June, 2014). Cape Town: Van Schaik Publishers. ISBN: 9780627 03118 2. pp. 75-92
    • Taole MJ & Van Wyk MM. Reflective practice in teacher education. In MJ Taole (Editor), Teaching Practice, Perspectives and Frameworks (June, 2014). Cape Town: Van Schaik Publishers. ISBN: 978062703118 2. pp. 183-197
    • Van Wyk MM. Towards an Afrocentric – Indigenous Pedagogy. CJ Okeke, MM van Wyk and NJ Phasha, Schooling, society and inclusive Education: An African perspective (May, 2014). Cape Town: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199077809.
    • Van Wyk MM. Drivers for Mentoring Diversity in Teacher education. Dr. Georgianna Duarte & Dr.Emma Miller (Eds.): Mentoring Diverse Populations ISBN-13: 978-1-60797-381-2 (2013)
    • Van Wyk, MM. Creating Powerful and Sustainable Learning Environments: Theory into Practice. First Edition. ISBN 978-3-8443-9904-2. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. (2012)
    • Van Wyk, MM. Cooperative learning as a teaching strategy for the classroom: A practical guide for economics teachers. ISBN: 978-3-639-20735-4: VDM Publishing–, Germany. Published date: 2009/10/05
    •  Alexander.G, van Wyk. MM (co-editor), and Japtha, PD. 2009. Exploring Community Engagement: A Higher Education Initiative, with the project number 29824, and ISBN 978-3-639-22076-6, VDM Publishing–, Germany, Published date: 2009/12/05 

    Journal articles

    • van Wyk MM. The Nama Stap as Indigenous Identity and Cultural Knowledge. Journal of Human Ecology 48 (1): 181-188 (2014)
    • Dewah C & van Wyk MM. The Place of Indigenous Cultural Games by Educators in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. Journal of Human Ecology 48 (1): 189-197 (2014)
    • Van Wyk MM. Narrating an ex-convict’s story of becoming an entrepreneur. The Anthropologist, 17(2): 481-489 (2014)
    • Van Wyk MM. Economics Education Students Learning to Teach for Diversity via a Community Engaged Project. Journal of Sociolology and Social Anthropology, 4(3): 219-226  (2013)
    • Van Wyk MM.  The use of economic games as a participative teaching strategy to enhance student Learning. Journal of Social Science, 35(20):125-133 (2013)
    • Van Wyk, MM. Teacher Efficacy: The Use of Cooperative Learning Techniques In Economics Education: An Exploratory Study.  International Journal of Educational Studies 4(3):187-195 (2012)
    • De Klerk ED;  Palmer JM & Van Wyk MM. Exploring the Perceptions of Pre-service Teachers’ Experiences of Autonomy in Transformational Teaching.  Journal of Social Sciences 33(3):271-284
    • Van Wyk, MM. Exploring Collective Learning Conversations in Economics education: An Auto-ethnographic perspective .  The Anthropologist, 14(5): 433-443 (2012)
    • Van Wyk, MM.  The Effects of the Stad-Cooperative Learning Method on Student Achievement, Attitude and Motivation in Economics Education. Journal of Social Sciences 16(3): 133-143 (2012)
    • Alexander.G, van Wyk. MM. Exploring the value of cooperative learning in enhancing teaching in integrated school environments of the Northern Cape province. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 47: 1945 – 1949 (2012)
    • Van Wyk, MM. [Re]claiming the Riel as Khoisan Indigenous Cultural Knowledge. Studies on Tribes and Tribals, 10(1): 47-56 (2012)
    • Van Wyk, MM. Effectiveness of the Training of Teachers Project In Economic Education In Free State Secondary Schools. Journal Social Science, 30(3):243-250 (2012)
    • Van Wyk, MM. Measuring Student’s Attitudes to Economics Education: A Factorial analysis approach. Journal Social Science, 31(1):27-42 (2012)
    • Van Wyk, MM. Narrating Student Teachers’ Personal Stories in Relation to Identity, Social Class and Learning through a School-based learning project. The International Journal on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, 11(2):111-122. (2011)
    • Van Wyk, MM.  Student Teachers’ Personal Stories- Identity, Social Class and Learning: A Life History Approach. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences. Vol. XXV, 2:141-161 (2011)
    • Van Wyk, MM. The Effects of Teams-Games-Tournaments on Achievement, Retention, and Attitudes of Economics Education Students. Journal of Social Science, 26(3): 183-193 (2011)
    • Van Wyk, MM. The use of cartoons as a teaching technique in the Economics classroom Journal of Social Science, 26(2): 117-130 (2011)
    • Alexander.G, van Wyk. MM, Bereng T & November,IP. The Legitimation of Recognition of Prior Learning as Redress Mechanism for work in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Narrative of a Black Master Builder. Journal of Social Science, 26(2): 153-162 (2011)
    • Van Wyk, MM. The Selection of Didactical principles by Teachers in the field of Economics: An Exploratory Factor Analysis. Journal of Social Science, 24(2): 111-119 (2010)
    • Van Wyk, MM. Do Student Teams Achievement Divisions Enhance Economic Literacy? An Quasi-experimental Design. Journal of Social Science, 23(2): 83-89 (2010)
    • Van Wyk, MM and G Alexander. Do Teaching Methods Presented by the National Council on Economics Education (USA) Enhance Trainers’ Learning Capacity in Economics Education? A South African Perspective. Journal of Social Science, 23(3): 159-169 (2010)
    • Van Wyk MM,   Alexander G & Moreeng BB. Education as Transformation: A case of a Faculty.  South African Journal for Higher Education, 24(6): 1036-1051(2010)
    • November, G. Alexander, van Wyk, MM. Do principal-educators have the ability to transform schools?: A South African perspective. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26(4): 786-795 (2010)
    • Alexander. G, van Wyk. MM, Bereng, T & November, IP.  Legitimate Peripheral Participation (LPP) – The case for Recognition of Prior Learning sites and knowledges in South Africa’s transforming education system. Teaching and Teacher Education 26: 45–52 (2010)
    • Van Wyk. MM. Teacher use and training related to cooperative learning as a teaching strategy for economics education. Issues on Education and Research: Volume 1 Edited by Gregory T. Papanikos ISBN: 978-960-6672-43-9, 331 pages, (2009) 

    Professional positions, fellowships & awards

    • National Research Foundation (NRF)  C3-Rated Researcher in Economics education 2012-2017
    • Associate Editor for The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, New York, USA. 2010-2012
    • Founding Member: South African Foundation on Economic Education and Financial Education (SAFEFE) 2005-2013
    • Academic member: Global Association of Teachers on Economic Education, New York 2005-2013
    • Academic member: Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece 2004-2013
    • Panellist at 3rd International Conference on Teaching and Learning (ICTL 2011), November 14 – 16, 2011 in Penang, Malaysia. 
    • Awarded Best Researcher in both the Lecturer and Overall Categories for 2010 in the Faculty of Education, University of the Free State, May 21, 2011. 
    • Paper voted as the best research article in the Education category. Title of paper: The Effects Of Teams-Games-Tournaments on Achievement,
    • Retention, and Attitudes of Economics Education Students” Paper presented at the 2010 European College Teaching & Learning Conference held at the Hilton hotel in Dublin, Ireland, June 7-10, 2010. 
    • Awarded a National Council on Economic Education Study Tour to the USA (Minnesota, Arkanasas, Chicago, Indiana and Washington DC  from the  5-19 April 2008)          
    • Founder and Editor-in-Chief:  African Journal  of Pedagogy and Curriculum (AJPC) (ISSN 2309-4648)


    • NRF Competitive Rated Researchers: Advancing economics education in South African schools (2014-2017)
    • The impact of Student Teams Achievement Divisions (STAD) on student performance in economic literacy (2009-2014) 
    • Collaborative title of project:  Exploring Teaching and Learning Practices in Integrated School Settings of the Northern Cape: Implications for Multicultural Education (2011-2017)