Department of Adult Basic Education

Prof MM Dichaba

College of Education
School of Educational Studies
Department: Adult Basic Education
Tel: 012 481 2727
Fax: 012 429 4919


  • D.Ed (Adult Education): North West University
  • Postgraduate Supervision Certificate: Rhodes University
  • Tycho Faculty Training Certification Course: University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

Currently teaching

  • DYD214W
  • DYD2195

Fields of academic interests

Research interest:

  • Adult Education
  • Professional Development
  • Youth Development
  • Community Engagement

Field of Specialisation

  • Adult Education


  • Dichaba, MM 2016. Realigning Adult Basic Education towards the 21st Century. In a book entitled: Re-aligning the Curriculum (in press): Cengage Publishing (edited by Meahabo Magano and David Roberston).

Journal articles

  • Dichaba MM. 2017. Advocating the agenda of women in open distance learning: Feminist adult learning strategies. Dichaba M. Gender and Behaviour, 15, (2): 9244 – 9248.  
  • Tankiso Moloi and Mpho Dichaba. 2017. The Usefulness of TVET College’s Websites as an Information Centre to Potential Students.  International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology 8, (3) 207-212.
  • Nkoana, EM and Dichaba MM.  2017. Development and Application of Conceptual and Analytic Frameworks for Community Engagement at a South African Higher Education Institution. SAJHE 31, (6) 177-196.
  • Nkoana EM and Dichaba MM. 2017. Leaving no Stone Unturned: Using a Systematic Literature Review for Qualitative Social Science Research in a South African context. Journal of Public Administration 52, (1) 211 –222 (2017).
  • Nkoana, EM and Dichaba MM (2017). ‘Them and us’: exploring the socio-political sustainability of South African universities in an era of ‘dangerous’ stakeholders. South Africa International Conference on Education Proceedings. (ISBN 978-0-639-90470-2) pp. 156-1666.
  • Dichaba M.M. & Setlhodi I.I. (2017). Understanding students’ affordances of New Media Technologies in Open Distance Learning at UNISA. African Academic Research Forum (ISBN 978-0-620-75292-3), pp. 178-190.
  • Elvis Nkoana & Mpho Dichaba (2016). Are we heading in the right direction? Assessing university-community engagement dimensions of a South African Higher Education Institution.  Proceedings of the South Africa International Conference on Education. 213-227 September 2016.
  • Tshephe Geoffrey & Dichaba Mpho (2016).Enhancing Learning through Technology: Is there something New? South African International Conference on Educational Technologies Proceedings. 203 -215 April 2016.
  • Romm, Norma RA and Dichaba, Mpho M. (2015). Assessing the Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign: A developmental evaluation. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, Vol. 55, No. 2, Aug 2015: 222-243.
  • Victor J. Pitsoe & Mpho M. Dichaba (2014) Reimagining UNISA’s Open Distance Learning through the Lens of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences 5 (23) 1356-1362 November 2014.
  • Yolisa Ludidi & Mpho Dichaba (2014) Academic Intervention programmes: A Way to go or Not? Proceedings of the South Africa International Conference on Education (SAICE 2014) 21st – 23rd September 2014. ISBN: 978-0-620-60869-5.
  • Johnson Lineo & Dichaba Mpho (2013). The Impact of Social Grants on Rural Women: Perspectives from ABET Practitioners. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences 4(13) 541-548 November 2013.
  • Mpho Dichaba & Monde Ndandani (2013). African researchers and the rural school issues in South Africa: A predatory culture. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences 4(14) 397-404 November 2013.
  • Kedibone Mokwena & Mpho Dichaba  (2013). A Narrative Analysis of South African Women Lived Experiences: A Case of Mapula Embroidery Project. Proceedings of the 40th Annual International Conference of the Southern African Society for Education 26-28 September 2013. ISBN:978-1-86822-635-1.
  • Esther Njiro & Mpho Dichaba (2013). Continuous Education: Lifelong Learning to Professionalise Youth Work Programmes: Mpho Dichaba and Esther Njiro. Commonwealth Youth and Development 11(1) 78-86 July 2013.
  • Mpho Dichaba & Joyce Dlhamini (2013). The value of critical pedagogy in mass education for reducing illiteracy in South Africa: Kha Ri Gude current realities and prospects Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences 4(3) 401-408, September 2013.
  • Geesje van den Berg and MM Dichaba (2013). Real-life experiences during teaching and learning: Three South African teachers’ narratives. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences 4(3), 471-478 September 2013.
  • Abraham Motlhabane and Mpho Dichaba (2013). Andragogical Approach to Teaching and Learning Practical Work in Science: A Case of In-service Training of Teachers: IJES, 5(3): 201-207 (2013).
  • Victor J. Pitsoe & Mpho M. Dichaba. Cultural hegemony in open distance learning: Does it really matter. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences 4(6) 83 -90 July 2013.
  • Mpho M Dichaba (2013). School Drop-out and Success in the Trades: A Paradox or a Reality of South African Youths? J Soc Sci, 35(2): 89-96 (2013).
  • Mpho M Dichaba (2013). Adult Basic Education Teachers’ Experiences about the Cascade Model of Training: An Appreciative Inquiry. Int J Edu Sci, 5(1): 29-38 (2013).
  • Mpho M Dichaba (2013). The Perspectives of In-service Trainers on the Challenges of the Cascade Model. Anthropologist, 15(3): 265-275 (2013).
  • Mpho M. Dichaba and Matseliso L. Mokhele (2012). Does the Cascade Model Work for Teacher Training? Analysis of Teachers’ Experiences Int J Edu Sci, 4(3): 249-254 (2012).
  • Mpho Dichaba. (2011). ABET Educator: In-service Training and Transfer of Learning. Unisa Latin American Report 27(1): 164-173 (2011).

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • 2014 to date: Editor: Proceedings of the South Africa International Conference on Education.


  • 2015 to date: Principal Investigator and Project Leader. Mapping and Auditing of e-learning Resources in an ODL Environment: the case of the University of South Africa.
  • 2013 to date: North West Province Team Leader. Archaeology of Ubuntu.
  • 2013 to date: Free State Team Leader. 500 Schools Project. UNISA
  • 2013 to date: Eastern Cape Team Leader. Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign. UNISA
  • 2006: Team member. Examining the Implementation of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in the North West Province, Commissioned by the Department of Public Works (NWU).


  • Task Team Member: Professionalisation of Youth Work in South Africa, Office of the Presidency
  • Represented Unisa at the SADC Youth Planning and Consultative Forum, 27-30 April 2015, KADOMA, Zimbabwe
  • Part of the SA delegation (representing Unisa) at the World Conference on Youth 2014 (6-10 May 2014) that was held at Sri-Lanka (Colombo) under the theme: ‘Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda’.