Department of Early Childhood Education

Prof NC Phatudi

College of Education
School of Teacher Education
Department: Early Childhood Education
Tel: 012 429 4582


  • PhD

Field of Specialisation

  • Literacy in the early years



  • Phatudi, N C and Moletsane, M. (2013l Restoring Indigenous Languages and the Right to Learn in a Familiar Language:A Case of Black South African Children  in (Eds) Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Janette Habashi & Natasha Blanchet-Cohen. Children’s Rights and Education: International Perspectives.  New York. Peter Lang. ISBN: 978-1-4331-2121-0
  • Phatudi, N. C. (editor) (2015) Introducing EFAL for young learners. Cape Town. Pearsons in books:
  • Ina Joubert, Marié Botha, Nkidi Phatudi, Judy Van Heerden and Annalie Botha Towards the Scholarship of Assessment: the contribution of a poster presentation assessment project by final-year student teachers
    A chapter in an assessment Book to be published by Pearson in 2016.
  • A Chapter in SAGE publication to be published in 2017.
    Projects: Still to be confirmed. Proposal for funding submitted.
    Responsible for the following modules: Reading, writing and spelling: Second language

Journal articles

Publications in accredited journals:

  • Phatudi, N. C., Joubert, J. C. & Harris, T. 2015. Self-Reflective Practices during Teaching and Learning of an Undergraduate Literacy Module. International Journal of Education Sciences. Vol. 8 (1).
  • Abidogun, B. G., Phatudi, N. C., Joubert, J. C & Hartell, C. G. 2015 Teachers’ Perceptions and Value of Yoruba as a Medium of Instruction in Primary 3 Classes.  International Journal of Education Sciences. Vol. 8 (1).
  • Phatudi N. C. 2013. Perspectives of Black students on the use of mother tongue at Higher Education institutions in South Africa, Journal of Educational Studies. Vol. 12 (1): 1 – 15.
  • Phatudi, N C & Moletsane, M.  2013. Mother Tongue teaching through the eyes of primary school teachers in the North West Province of South Africa. Journal of Educational Studies. Vol 12 (1): 157 - 171.
  • Margetts, K. & Phatudi, NC. 2013. Transition of children from home and grade R context to Grade 1 in two Southern African Public Law Journal township schools in South Africa.  European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. Vol. 21 (1): 41- 2.ISSN: 1350-293X (Print), 1752-1807 (Online)
  • Beckman, J. & Phatudi, N. C. 2012. Access to and the Provision of pre-school education: The trajectory since 1994. (SAPL): Vol. 27 (2):473 – 487.
  • Phatudi N C & Margetts, K: 2012. Social and Emotional Development of Grade 1 Children in South Africa: The case of two township primary schools. Journal of Educational Studies: Vol. 10 (2): 61 – 75.
  • Mudzielwana, N., Joubert, J. C., Phatudi, N. C.  & Hartell, C.G. 2012. Teaching Reading Comprehension to Grade 3 Tshivenda-Speaking Learners. Journal of Educational Studies. Vol 11 (1): 67 – 84.
  • Joubert, J. C., Phatudi, N. C., Harris, T. & Moen, M. 2014.  Education for democratic   citizenship   through a   literacy-based approach: a case of South African township children. Children and Society –(available online)
  • C. G. Hartell, Mugweni, R. M. & Phatudi, N. C. 2013. Teachers’ understanding and conceptualisation of the HIV and AIDS policy: The case of secondary schools in Zimbabwe. Journal of Asian and African studies.(available  online)
  • Joint article written by the former college lecturers. 2004. The impact of university incorporation on college lecturers. South African Journal of Higher Education. Vol. 48 (2): 153-172.


Research interest:

  • Mother tongue instruction in the early years
  • Transitions in the early years and quality in ECD
  • Professional positions and awards: Research in early Childhood Education ( UP)