Department of Early Childhood Education

Prof C Meier

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Early Childhood Education
Professor
Tel: 012 429 4583
E-mail: meierc@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BPrimEd (Junior Primary) – UP
  • BEd (Hons) – UP
  • MEd – Unisa
  • DEd - Unisa
  • Certificate in General Child assessment
  • Certificate in Assessor training

NRF Rating

C3

Fields of academic interests

Research interest:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Multicultural Education
  • Education management

Field of Specialisation

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Multicultural Education
  • Education Management

Books

  • Naude M & Meier C (eds) 2014. Teaching Foundation Phase mathematics. Pretoria: Van Schaik. ISBN 9780627031274
  • Meier C & Marais P (eds) 2012. Education management in Early Childhood Development. Second edition. Pretoria: Van Schaik. ISBN 9780627029462
  • Lemmer EM; Meier C & Van Wyk NJ 2012. Multicultural Education: A manual for the South African Teacher. Second edition. Pretoria: Van Schaik. ISBN 9780627029509
  • Meier C & Marais P (eds) 2007. Education management in Early Childhood Development. Pretoria: Van Schaik. ISBN 9780627062782.
  • Lemmer EM; Meier C & Van Wyk NJ 2006. Multicultural Education: An educators’ manual. Pretoria: Van Schaik. ISBN 0627026265.

Book Chapters:

  • Meier C 2014. Teaching mathematics to culturally diverse learners in the foundation phase. In Naude M & Meier C (eds). Teaching Foundation Phase mathematics. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Meier C & Van Staden CJS 2012. Managing finances. In Meier C & Marais P (eds) Education management in Early Childhood Development. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Bray W; Tladi DD & Meier C 2012. Early Childhood Development and the Law. In Meier C & Marais P (eds) Education management in Early Childhood Development. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Meier C; Davin RJ; Orr JP & Marais P 2012. Managing the learning environment in Early Childhood Development. In Meier C & Marais P (eds) Education management in Early Childhood Development. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Meier C & Atmore E 2012. Managing committees in Early Childhood development. In Meier C & Marais P (eds) Education management in Early Childhood Development. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Meier C 2012. Managing differences in Early Childhood Development. In: Meier C & Marais P (eds)       Education management in Early Childhood Development. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Davin R, Orr JP, Marais P, Meier C 2012. Managing the learning environment in Early childhood Development. In: Meier C & Marais P (eds). Education management in Early Childhood Development. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Van Staden CSJ & Meier C 2012. Managing finances. In: Meier C & Marais P (eds). Education management in Early Childhood Development. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Fouche L, Fourie J & Meier C 2012. Establishing an Early Childhood Development Centre. In: Meier C & Marais P (eds). Education management in Early Childhood Development. Pretoria: Van Schaik.
  • Meier C Understanding diversity. In  Lemmer EM, Meier C & Van Wyk NJ 2012. Multicultural Education: a manual for the South African Teacher.
  • Meier C Teacher expectations. In  Lemmer EM, Meier C & Van Wyk JN 2012. Multicultural Education: a manual for the South African Teacher.
  • Meier C Curriculum development for multicultural education. In  Lemmer EM, Meier C & Van Wyk NJ 2012. Multicultural Education: a manual for the South African Teacher.
  • Meier C & Hartell C 2010. Handling cultural diversity in education South Africa. In Wolhuter CC and Steyn HJ (eds). Education and ethnicity: comparative perspectives. Potchefstroom: Platinum Press. p167-183. ISBN 9781868225859.
  • Meier C & Marais P 2007. Curriculum reform. In: De Wet, C; Wolhuter, CW & Lemmer EM. Comparative Education: Education systems and contemporary issues. Pretoria: Van Schaik. ISBN 0627026753.
  • Meier C, Van Wyk JN & Lemmer EM 2007. Multicultural education and diversity in schooling. In: De Wet, C; Wolhuter, CW & Lemmer EM. Comparative Education: Education systems and contemporary issues. Pretoria: Van Schaik. ISBN 0627026753.
  • Potter, C., Fraser, B. & Meier, C. 2007. South Africa: New routes to Teacher-education Degrees. In Perraton, H., Robinson, B. & Creed, C (Eds.). 2007. International Case Studies of Teacher Education at a Distance, Volume 12, 163-184. Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.  ISBN 978-3-8142-2037.
  • Meier C 2004. Managing diversity. In Pretorius SG & Lemmer EM (eds) 2004. Teaching in South African schools: The teacher as a leader, administrator and manager. Braamfontein: MacMillan. ISBN 0797826629.
  • Meier C 2002. Coping with diversity in desegregated schools in South Africa. In Lemmer EM & Van Wyk NJ (eds) 2002. Transforming education: The South African experience. Nova Science Publishers: New York. In the series: Emerging goals in a new millennium. Edited by B Peck, University of Glasgow. ISBN 1590334205.
  • Potter C, Fraser, B & Meier C 2007. South Africa: New routes to Teacher-education Degrees.  In Perraton H, Robinson B & Creed C (Eds.) 2007. A Summary of Case Studies. Education  Sector, Higher Education Division, Teacher Education Section. October 2001. Paris: France.  ISBN 978-3-8142-2037.
  • Meier C 1998. Political change is educational change: problems and prospects in South Africa. In Hurnanisiering derbildung. Jahrbuch 1998 der internationalen zur humanisiering der bildung (IAHB)Humanization of Education - Yearbook 1998.
  • Meier C 1998. Education in South Africa. Present problems and future expectations. In Kucha R & Klos E (eds). Edukacja rnode go Polokenia Polakow I Ukraincow Wkontekscie integracji Europejskiej (Education of youth in Poland and Ukaraine in the context of European Integration). Volume two.

Journal articles

Accredited journals

  • Meier C 2013. Learning to live together. Cross-cultural perceptions of student teachers. Journal of Social Sciences. 36(3): 219-233.
  • Meier C 2011. Foundations for Learning Campaign: Helping hand or hurdle? South African Journal of Education. 31(4).
  • Meier C & Lemmer EM. 2011. Initial teacher education for managing diversity in South African schools: A case study. Journal of Educational Studies. 10(1).
  • Meier C 2010. The challenge of equipping student teachers to manage their perceptions of learner diversity in South African schools. Journal of New Generation Science. 8(1):157-176.
  • Meier C & Marais P 2010. Disruptive behavior in the Foundation Phase of schooling. South African Journal of Education. 30(1):41-57.
  • Meier C & Marais P 2008. Student teachers’ understanding of multicultural education in public schools. Africa Education Review. 5(2):184-189. 
  • Meier C 2007. Enhancing intercultural understanding using e-learning strategies. South African Journal of Education. 27(4):655-671.
  • Meier C 2005. Addressing problems in integrated schools: student teacher’s perceptions regarding viable solutions for learner’s academic problems. South African Journal of Education. 25(3):170-177.
  • Meier C 2005. The development and application of Progressive Education in the Netherlands and some implications for South Africa.  Africa Education Review. 2(1):75-90.
  • Meier C & Marais P 2004. Hear our voices: Student teachers’ experiences during practical teaching. Africa Education Review. 1(2):220-233.
  • Meier C 2002. Educational change in a democratic South Africa: The influence of educational opportunities on school assessment results. Education Today. 52(1):12-22.
  • Meier C & Lemmer E 2001. Future teachers’ conceptions concerning the learning capacity of pupils in multicultural schools in South Africa. Prospects. 31(3):333-352.
  • Meier C 2000. Student teacher’s perceptions of solutions to dilemmas in multicultural classrooms in South Africa. Education Today. 50(1):27-34.
  • Meier C 1998. Where to from here? The present state of South African education. Education Today. 48(1):14-19.
  • Fraser W J; Meier C; Potter C 5; Sekgobela E & Poore A 1996. Reflections on the causes and manifestations of violence in South African schools. Prospects. 26(2):249-278.
  • Meier C & Van Niekerk S L H 1994. Die invloed van die New Age-beweging op die onderwys agenda van die toekoms. (The influence of the New Age Movement on Education). Koers. 59(1):96-84.

Peer reviewed journals

  • Meier C & Hartell C 2009. Handling cultural diversity in education in South Africa. SAEduc, 6(2):180-192. 
  • Meier C 2003. The origins and development of child-centered education: implications for classroom management. Educare 32(1&2):222-239.
  • Meier C, Fraser WJ & Le Roux CS 1999. The sustainability of science education with specific reference to learners’ conceptions and understanding in multi-ethnic schools: a pilot study. Spectrum. 37(1): 19-27.
  • Meier C, Fraser WJ & Le Roux CS 1998. The sustainability of science education with specific reference to learners’ conceptions and understanding in multi-ethnic schools: a pilot study. Educare. 27(1):6-17.
  • Meier C 1997. Persepsies en ervaringe in ‘n multikulturele klaskamer: enkele gedagtes vir oorweging. (Perceptions and experiences in a multicultural classroom: some aspects for consideration). Kleuterklanke. 22(2): 24-28.
  • Meier C & Van Niekerk SLH 1995. The origin of sub- and countercultures among black youth: a historical-educational analysis. Educare. 24(1):68-80.
  • Meier C & Van Niekerk S L H 1994. Die ontstaan en ontwikkeling van die New Age-beweging: lmplikasies vir die Christenopvoeder en opvoedeling. Roeping en Riglyne.  Jaargang 42(2) Junie/Julie: 15-17.
  • Meier C & Van Niekerk S L H 1994. Die mens- en werklikheidsbeskouing van die New Age¬beweging: lmplikasies vir die Christenopvoeder en die opvoedeling. Roeping en Riglyne. Jaargang 42(2) Junie/Julie:18-19.
  • Meier C 1993. Het addisionele leesmateriaal waarde vir die Historiese Opvoedkunde I-student. Progressio. 15(2):108-117.
  • Meier C 1991. Die kleuterskool-verlater en Junior Primêre onderwys: wat verwag ons van mekaar. (The nusery school leaver and Junior Primary education: what is expected from each other).  Kleuterklanke. 16(1):23-26.

Important unpublished chapters

  • Meier C 2009. Multicultural education and diversity. Chapter written for the manual of a group of selected teacher education students in the project ‘Teach South Africa’ – University of Pretoria.
  • Meier C 2009. Classroom practice. Chapter written for the manual of a group of selected teacher education students in the project ‘Teach South Africa’ – University of Pretoria.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • NRF rated researcher
  • Rector’s prize for prominent young researchers – University of South Africa  1998
  • Rector’s prize for prominent young researchers – University of South Africa  2000
  • Education Association of South Africa (EASA) medal for young researchers  2003
  • Woman Research Leadership Award - University of South Africa 2012

Projects

Longitudinal project: (Project leader) International Bureau of Education (IBE) - UNESCO. Future teachers’ conceptions and attitudes concerning the learning capacity of pupils from different ethnic, cultural, religious or linguistic groups.