Department of Science and Technology Education

Prof L Mnguni

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Science and Technology Education
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 429 4614
E-mail: mngunl@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BSc (UKZN)
  • BSc Hons,
  • MSc (Cum Laude),
  • PhD (UP)

Currently teaching

  • Life  Science

Fields of academic interests

  • Life Sciences Education

Field of Specialisation

  • Curriculum and Instruction Design and Development with specific interest in curriculum ideology of biology and the use of visualizations in biology education

Journal articles

Visualizations in biology education:

  • Mnguni, L. (2016). Visual literacy skills among molecular biology students. In J. Kriek, B. Bantwini, C. Ochonogor, J.J. Dhlamini & L Goosen. Towards effective teaching and meaningful learning in Mathematics, Science and Technology. Proceedings of the ISTE International Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology Education.  2016. 24 - 28 October 2016, Kruger National Park, Mopani camp, Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa. Pp 418-427 (ISBN: 978-1-86888-907-5)
  • Mnguni, L.E., Schönborn, K.J. and Anderson, T.R. (2016). Assessment of visualization skills in biochemistry students. South African Journal of Science, 112(9/10):1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/ sajs.2016/20150412  
  • Mnguni, L. (2015). The effects of an animation on students’ understanding of DNA replication. In L.D. Mogari. Towards effective teaching and meaningful learning in Mathematics, Science and Technology. Proceedings of the ISTE International Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology Education.  2015. 25 - 30 October 2015
  • Mnguni, L.E., Abrie, A.L. and Ebersöhn, L. (2016). The Relationship between Scientific Knowledge and Behaviour: An HIV/AIDS Case. Journal of Biological Education, 50(2), 147-159.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00219266.2015.1007888

Curriculum ideology of biology:

  • Wolff, E. & Mnguni, L. (2015): The Integration of HIV and AIDS as a Socio-scientific Issue in the Life Sciences Curriculum. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 19(3):213-224. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10288457.2015.108093
  • Mnguni, L. (2013). The curriculum ideology of the South African secondary school Biology. South African Journal of Education, 33(2): 1-11
  • Mnguni, L.E. and Abrie, A.L. (2012). HIV/AIDS content knowledge and modes of presentation in Biology for effective use in everyday life. Journal of Biological Education, 46(4): 226-233 also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00219266.2012.716778
  • Rudolph, E & Mnguni, L. (2013). The Integration of Socio-Scientific Issues into the Grade 11 Biology Curriculum in South Africa. In S.K. Kwofie, M.B. Ogunniyi, O. Amosun, K.R. Langenhoven & S. Dinie. Making mathematics, science and technology, socially and culturally relevant in Africa. Proceedings of the 21st annual meeting of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. pp143-145 (ISBN: 978-0-9869800-7-7)
  • Mnguni, L.E., Abrie, A.L. and Ebersöhn, L. (2011). Strategies to improve understanding and use of HIV/AIDS concepts by Grade 11 Biology students in South Africa. In: A. Yarden & G. S. Carvalho (Eds), Authenticity in Biology Education: Benefits and Challenges (Ch. 8, pp 91 – 101). CIEC, Institute of, Kruger National Park, Mopani camp, Phalaborwa, Limpopo, South Africa. Pp 367-379 (ISBN: 978-1-86888-833-7)
  • Mnguni, L. (2014). The theoretical cognitive process of visualization for science education. BMC: SpringerPlus. 3:184  doi:10.1186/2193-1801-3-184 
  • Mnguni, L.E., Schönborn, K.J. and Anderson, T.R. (2009) Towards identifying and measuring visual literacy skills in biochemistry, In: M. Hammann, A.J. Waarlo & K.Th. Boersma (Eds), The Nature of Research in Biological Education (Ch. 12, pp. 185–197). Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. (ISBN 978-90-73346-66-6)
  • Schönborn, K.J., Anderson, T.R. and Mnguni, L.E. (2007). Methods to determine the role of external representations in developing understanding in biochemistry, In: D. Lemmermöhle, M. Rothgangel, S. Bögeholz, M. Hasselhorn & R. Watermann (Eds), Professionell Lehren – Erfolgreich Lernen (pp. 291-301). Münster: Waxmann, Germany. (ISBN 978-3-8309-1820-2).

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Funding grants obtained

  • NRF Thuthuka Fund
    • Period: 2016-2018
    • Value: R169 400.00 (per annum)

Awards and nominations:

  • Top 200 Young South Africans. Mail & Guardian, 2012
  • Dean’s Award: Excellence in Young Doctoral Scholarship, University of Pretoria, 2012
  • Award for the Most Methodological Innovative Research Presentation at Research Indaba, University of Pretoria, 2010
  • Excellent Teacher’s Award in the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, 2009

Projects

  • Integrating citizenship education in science education
    (NRF Funded, 2016-2018)         
  • Development of a framework for visual literacy in Life Sciences
  • Effectiveness of computer-based learning in promoting citizenship in Gauteng schools