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)

NRF Rating

C3

Fields of academic interests

Research interest:

  • Life Sciences Education
  • Environmental Education
  • Professional development of teachers

Field of Specialisation

  • Teaching and Learning

Journal articles

Accredited Journals (past 5 years)

  • 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. 2015. Student views of a Life Sciences methodology module offered at a distance institution. International Journal of Educational Sciences. 8(1-i): 37-41.
  • FERREIRA, J.G. 2016. ‘The use of technology for the development of professional character traits or soft skills of teachers through technology’. South African Journal for Science and Technology. 35(1): 1-5. http://www.satnt.ac.za/index.php/satnt/article/viewFile/1396/3188.
  • ZENDA, R. & FERREIRA, J.G. 2016. Improving academic achievement of science learners in rural schools through assessment practices: a South African case study. Journal of Baltic Science Education. 15(4): 523–531.
  • FERREIRA, J.G. & VENTER, E. 2016. The interconnectedness between well-being and the natural environment.  Applied Environmental Education and Communication. 15(4): 291-300. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1533015X.2016.1237902. 

Paper presentations

International Conferences

  • 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".
  • 2015 Tenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 11-14 June 2015 (Split, Croatia): “A plea for environmental education that focuses on learning to care”.

National Conferences

  • 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?”
  • 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 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”.
  • 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”
  • 2015 ISTE Conference (Mopani, KNP, South Africa). 26-29 October 2015. “Teaching life sciences to “Generation Y” learners”.
  • 2016 EASA Annual Conference (Hermanus, South Africa). 17-20 January 2016. “Teaching Generation Y”.

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.