Department of Curriculum and Instructional Studies

Prof MM van Wyk

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Curriculum and Instructional Studies
Professor
Tel: 012 429 6201
E-mail: vwykmm@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • 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

NRF Rating

C3

Fields of academic interests

Research interests:

  • Economics education
  • Cooperative learning,
  • Indigenous knowledge systems,
  • Social media technology, ePortfolios
  • Self-directed learning,
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Indigenous pedagogy
  • Life history
  • Auto-ethnography

Field of Specialisation

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

Books

Academic Books and Chapters in Research books:

  • Van Wyk, MM. & Tshelane. M. (2016) Using ICT in the classroom (Chapter 7). Editors: Prof Micheal van Wyk, UNISA; Dr K Dos Reis, PCUT. Teaching EMS in the Senior Phase. ISBN: 9780190407346; 9780199076819 (epub)
  • Johnson L & van Wyk MM. (2016) Approaches to teaching EMS: The teacher-centred approach  and the learner-centred approach (Chapter 3). Editors: MM van Wyk, UNISA; Dr K Dos Reis, PCUT. Teaching EMS in the Senior Phase. ISBN: 9780190407346; 9780199076819 (epub)
  • Zhang, Z & van Wyk, MM. (2016) Professional ethics and roles of the teacher (Chapter 5), Editors: Prof CIO Okeke [UFH], Prof CC Wolhuter [NWU], Prof EO Adu [UFH], Prof MM van Wyk [UNISA], Dr JA Abongdia [UFH] Learn to teach: A handbook for teacher education. ISBN: 9780190411794 E-pub ISBN: 9780190412869
  • van Wyk, MM; Galloway, G; & Okeke, CIO  (2016) Basic skills in classroom discipline and control (Chapter 8). Editors: Prof CIO Okeke [UFH], Prof CC Wolhuter [NWU], Prof EO Adu [UFH], Prof MM van Wyk [UNISA], Dr JA Abongdia [UFH] Learn to teach: A handbook for teacher education. ISBN: 9780190411794 E-pub ISBN: 9780190412869
  • van Wyk, MM. (2016) Portfolios and e-portfolios in teaching practice. (Chapter 18) Editors, Prof CIO Okeke [UFH], Prof CC Wolhuter [NWU], Prof EO Adu [UFH], Prof MM van Wyk [UNISA], Dr JA Abongdia [UFH] Learn to teach: A handbook for teacher education. ISBN: 9780190411794 E-pub ISBN: 9780190412869
  • van Wyk MM. (2016) Electronic learning aids and social media in teaching (Chapter 19). Editors: Prof CIO Okeke [UFH], Prof CC Wolhuter [NWU], Prof EO Adu [UFH], Prof MM van Wyk [UNISA], Dr JA Abongdia [UFH] Learn to teach: A handbook for teacher education. ISBN: 9780190411794 E-pub ISBN: 9780190412869
  • Van Wyk MM. (2014) Integration of Information and Communication Technology into teaching practice. In MJ Taole (Editor), Teaching Practice, Perspectives and Frameworks. Cape Town: Van Schaik Publishers. ISBN: 9780627 03118 2. pp. 75-92
  • Taole MJ & Van Wyk MM. (2014) Reflective practice in teacher education. In MJ Taole (Editor), Teaching Practice, Perspectives and Frameworks. Cape Town: Van Schaik Publishers. ISBN: 978062703118 2. pp. 183-197
  • Van Wyk MM. (2014) 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. (20136) 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. (2009) Cooperative learning as a teaching strategy for the classroom: A practical guide for economics teachers. ISBN: 978-3-639-20735-4: VDM Publishing–House.com, 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–House.com, Germany, Published date: 2009/12/05 

Journal articles

  • Van Wyk M.M. (2017) An E-Portfolio As Empowering Tool To Enhance Students’ Self-Directed Learning In A Teacher Education Course: A Case Of A South African University. South African Journal Of Higher Education, Volume 31 | Number 3 | 2017 | Pages 268‒285, eISSN 1753-5913
  • Van Wyk, M.M., (2017), ‘Exploring the role of the church as a “reformation agency” in enhancing a socially transformative agenda in South Africa’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 73(3), a4356. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4356  
  • Ndamba, G. T , Sithole, J. C. , van Wyk, M. M. (2017). Competing Purposes: Mother Tongue Education Benefits Versus Economic Interests in Rural Zimbabwe. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(1) . Retrieved from: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/iipj/vol8/iss1/1   DOI: 10.18584/iipj.2017.8.1.1
  • van Wyk, MM. (2016). Using An Attitude Toward Economics Education Scale To Explore Teachers’ Attitudes Toward The Subject In Free State Secondary Schools. Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, 17(2) 266-277
  • van Wyk, MM (2016). Enabling Environments To Advance Economics Education: A Factorial Design Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, 17(2) 247-265
  • van Wyk, MM., (2016) Jigsaw Pedagogy in Enhancing Economics Teachers’  Learning in Free State Secondary Schools International Journal of Educational Studies 13(3): 349-355
  • van Wyk, MM., (2015) Measuring the Effectiveness of Student Teams Achievement Divisions as a Teaching Strategy on Grade 10 Learners’ Economic Knowledge International Journal of Educational Studies 10(2): 325-337
  • van Wyk, MM (2015) Using the Jigsaw Teaching Strategy for the Advance of Economics Teachers’ Acquisition of Knowledge International Journal of Educational Studies 10(2): 338-346
  • van Wyk MM, Taole MJ and Nkonyane VA. (2015) Using a Community Engagement Project to Prepare Economics Education Students for Culturally Diverse Learning Environments. International Journal of Educational Studies 9(3): 395-406
  • Nkonyane VA & van Wyk MM. (2015) Post Graduate Certificate of Education Student teachers’ Views of Economics Games as an Interactive Classroom Technique International Journal of Educational Studies 8(2): 427-434
  • van Wyk, MM., (2015) Teaching Economics. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 24. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 83–88.
  • van Wyk MM. (2014) The Nama Stap as Indigenous Identity and Cultural Knowledge. Journal of Human Ecology 48 (1): 181-188
  • Dewah C & van Wyk MM. (2014) The Place of Indigenous Cultural Games by Educators in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. Journal of Human Ecology 48 (1): 189-197
  • Van Wyk MM. (2014) Narrating an ex-convict’s story of becoming an entrepreneur. The Anthropologist, 17(2): 481-489
  • Van Wyk MM. (2013) 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

  • 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)

Projects

  • 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)