School of Educational Sciences

Welcome To The School Of Educational Sciences

School of Educational Sciences

Empower yourself with a deep understanding of the Five Core Concepts of Education.

Education sciences is a discipline that seeks to describe, understand, and prescribe education policy and practice and includes many topics, such as pedagogy, andragogy, curriculum, learning, and education policy, organisation and leadership. Educational thought is informed by many disciplines, such as history, philosophy, sociology, and psychology.

OVERVIEW

Education sciences is a discipline that seeks to describe, understand, and prescribe education policy and practice and includes many topics, such as pedagogy, andragogy, curriculum, learning, and education policy, organisation and leadership. Educational thought is informed by many disciplines, such as history, philosophy, sociology, and psychology.

Education Sciences majors engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the field of education beyond classroom teaching and student learning.

Our Educational Sciences school aims to produce and develop competent educators at the preschool, primary and secondary levels of the basic school education, adult and community education systems of the country. To achieve this, the school provides a range of qualifications that enable young and aspiring individuals to study to become primary and secondary school teachers or community educators in their communities.

 

Why study Educational Sciences

A career in educational sciences will empower you with a deep understanding of the Five Core Concepts of Education:

 

Social Structures and Stratification – You will be able to identify how social structures create and reproduce different forms of social inequality in educational processes, and interpret empirical patterns and effects of social inequality in communities, schools and classrooms.

Human Development – Numerous sources interact with each other to influence children’s development.  These include factors within the child, proximal systems, such as home, peers, social networks, schools, groups, and formal organisations, as well as more distal sources of influence, such as community – including local, provincial, and national policies. More distal sources of influence tend to operate through their influence on more proximal sources of influence.

Learning – You will be empowered to appreciate that numerous sources interact with each other to influence human learning. These include factors within the learner, the tools, the teachers and or facilitators and the features of the setting. Meaningful learning involves processes that may be domain-general or discipline-specific. Theories of learning allow us to analyse the affordances and constraints of the learning situation.

Policymaking in Education – Education policy choices and resource allocations involve both benefits and costs. Policy makers seek to maximise net benefits when considering policy options. Learner and parent behaviours are also shaped (and can be predicted) by the benefits and costs they perceive to be associated with different courses of action. Freedom of choice among competing educational options (e.g., for high school and for tertiary education) introduces a competitive element into educational markets.

Schools as Organizations – Governments and other organisations and institutions can regulate or influence economic activity in ways that affect the distribution of resources, individual well-being, and social welfare. This includes government regulations, diffusion of outcomes, finances, management approach and accountability systems.​​

 

Key skills gained by the end of your study

 

Application – ​You will be able to apply theories from Education Sciences to understand educational decisions, processes, and outcomes.

Methodological Practices and Research Design – ​You will be able to critically evaluate the quality of educational research

Quantitative and Qualitative Data Literacy – ​You will be proficient with the principles in the analysis of educational scientific data.

Public Skills and Citizenship – ​You will be in possession of knowledge from Education Sciences to inform debates surrounding educational practice and policy, and promote public understanding and effective community engagement.

 

Communication

You be able to effectively communicate theories, practices, policies and research from Education Sciences with a variety of audiences.

 

Educational Sciences - Qualifications on Offer

Entry Requirements

Depending on the programme of study, this School accepts applicants from a variety of academic and occupational backgrounds. You will, however, be required to demonstrate good grades at your previous study level, which can be anywhere from an NQF Level 2 through to NQF Level 5, or a relevant work experience in media, information, communication and, or, technology disciplines. You will be required to submit proof of academic and, or, work experience as part of applying for admission to study. You’ll also need to be proficient in English as the language of tuition, which may mean submitting results of a relevant language test.

Careers

Educational sciences professionals work in various fields of education and training occupying a variety of positions, such as: Educator,Teaching resources developer, Learning resources developer, E-learning developer, Trainer in the non-profit and commercial sectors, Outcomes-based Education, Facilitator / material developer, Assessor, Moderator, Change management consultant, Education innovation policy assistant, Educational sciences researcher