Department of Educational Foundations

Chairperson – Dr. Henry Chinhara

The Educational Foundations Department was weaned from the former Education department. The mandate of the department is to equip education students with sociological, philosophical and psychological knowledge relevant to the teaching profession in the 21st century. Research has shown that educators face challenges in handling learners with behavioural and learning problems, social problems such as gender inequality, poverty, and socio-historical and contemporary philosophical challenges; hence the need to establish this department. Graduates from the Educational Foundations department are competent in research, reflective teaching and critical thinking.

Vision

To prepare our students for rapidly changing world by equipping them with critical thinking skills, global perspective and respect for the core values of integrity, excellence, commitment, team spirit, discipline and an appreciation of diversity.

Mission

The department is committed to quality teaching to improve the students’ expertise in the educational, sociological, psychological and philosophical domains in order to meet the needs of the global competitive society.

Departmental Staff

The department is manned by five highly experienced and professionally qualified lecturers in the three sections of the department.

Research and Extension Services

  • Critical thinking
  • Gender sensitivity in Education and Society
  • Inclusivity and Multiculturism in Education
  • Abuse and violence in secondary schools
  • Active learning processes in science Education


Strategies to employ for short courses

  • Marketing strategies
  • Use of fliers that will be posted to schools/district offices
  • Cluster visits
  • Advertising on the website
  • Use of national press


Implementation strategies

  • Zoom in the case of the prevalence of Covid 19
  • Lecturers visits to individual schools to staff-develop teachers/students depending on the nature of the workshop (students may need to be regrouped into small groups in the case of Covid 19
  • The delivery method will be participatory to enhance understanding
  • Use of the activity-based method


Assessment strategies

  • Both participants and lecturers will be important assessment tools
  • Each course will have a test as a measurement tool
  • A participant certificate will be issued at the end


    Philosophy of Education


    Sociology of Education


    Psychology of Education