Author: Rosemarie Milburn

Book Launch Opportunity


Dear SAERA member,




The SAERA 2018 conference hosted by the NWU Faculty of Education will be held from 22 – 24 October 2018. We would like to invite all SAERA members who recently published a book and or/ chapter in a book to present their book/s at the book launch and cocktail event on the 22nd of October.


For a fee of R2000-00 you will be provided with a table where you can exhibit your recently published book/s. Delegates will be able to walk around from one table to the other and be introduced to your work.


If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions in this regards, please make contact.


Kindest regards

Corlia Twine LOC (SAERA 2018)


Tel: 018 299 2149


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SAERA Nelson Mandela Legacy Lecture

Epistemic Justice in the Academy:Decolonizing Power, Knowledge, and Being through Critical and Participatory Research

Dr Maria Elena Torre, CUNY & Professor Puleng Segalo, UNISA

Date:      24 April 2018

Venue:   NWU, Faculty of Education, Building C6 – Hall

Time:      5:30 pm – 7 pm

To secure a place, please RSVP by 16 April:

mandela lecture 24 April

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17th BOLESWANA Conference in July 2018 in Windhoek, NAMIBIA

17th BOLESWANA Conference in July 2018 in Windhoek, NAMIBIA

The date for the submission of abstracts has been extended to 28 Feb 2018. SAERA is a member of BOLESWANA.
Conference theme: “Research for the Transformation of Teacher Education: Teaching for Equity and Relevance”

BOLESWANA is a research body composed of sister education research associations from Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, and the new addition, South Africa. This body of international educational research associations holds a biennial symposium that is hosted, on a rotational basis by member associations. The Namibia Educational Research Association (NERA) is hosting the 17th edition of this symposium in July 2017, in Windhoek, Namibia. BOLESWANA symposia bring together experts from the SADC region, Africa and beyond, to share knowledge, experiences and scientific evidence on educational matters. The Symposium is therefore a platform for sharing, reflecting and setting agenda for education improvement.
For more information, go to

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Conference Special Edition call for papers

2017 SAERA Conference Special Edition
Education in an Era of Transformation and Decolonization
Date of publication: 30 October 2018.
Guest Editors:
Dr Shervani K. Pillay & Professor Sylvan Blignaut

The SAERA Special Conference Edition of the Journal of Education is calling for papers that were presented at the 5th annual SAERA conference in Port Elizabeth (23 – 26 October 2017). Submissions should clearly reflect the conference theme: Education in an Era of Transformation and Decolonization

2017 Conference_Special Edition (Call for Articles)

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Call for Papers for a Special issue

Dear SAERA member,

Please find attached a Call for Papers for a Special issue of the Journal of Education, edited by the Curriculum Studies Special interest group. The theme of the Special Issue is Internationalising, indigenising, decolonising and Africanising Curriculum Studies

Please see the attached PDF for submission dates.

Please circulate to your networks and interested colleagues.

Visit the Journal of Education

2017-10-25_Special Edition Curric SIG (Call for Articles)

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Call for SAERA Research Honours Award 2018

South African Education Research Association

Call For SAERA Research Honours Award

In 2017, SAERA launched its inaugural call for the Research Honours award.

The SAERA Research Honours award may be made annually to an individual for an outstanding contribution to educational research in South Africa.


  1. Criteria for SAERA Research Honours award

1.1 The individual has contributed to the development of education research in South Africa over a sustained period of time and has made an exceptional contribution with respect to i) research outputs of consistently high quality (e.g. sustained, excellent post graduate supervision; journal articles and book chapters; edited and sole authored books) and ii) through meaningful service to education research (e.g. role in South African research associations; research innovation/management positions; research development).

1.3 The contribution should promote the transformational agenda of SAERA in terms of research in South Africa.

  1. Eligibility

2.1 The nominee should be a South African citizen/permanent resident.

  1. Process of nomination

3.1 Any SAERA member may nominate an individual for the award.

3.2 The following documents should be submitted to by 31 August 2018:

  1. A completed nomination form (available below) signed by the nominator and nominee.
  2. A nominator’s statement of 1000 words maximum in support of the nomination. The statement should clearly indicate how the nominee has contributed to the development of education research in South Africa.
  3. Supporting documents may be attached to validate the statement if wished.
  4. Evaluation process

The evaluation panel will comprise 2 executive members of SAERA, plus two members nominated by the evaluation panel. Their recommendation will be approved by the full executive of SAERA.

  1. Award

The SAERA Research Honours award will be presented at the annual conference in the form of a framed certificate. The recipient will be sponsored for registration of the conference and will thus receive SAERA membership for the coming year. The recipient will be expected to present an overview of their work at the conference

Click below for nomination form

Call for SAERA Research Honours_ Award 2018 Nomination form>

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Message from the incoming president: Lesley Wood

It is a pleasure for me to have been elected the President of SAERA for the coming two years. I have been an active member of the SAERA executive since its inception, having served in the portfolio of WERA representative and deputy president. The focus in the first few years of SAERA was on compiling the constitution and making sure all the legal requirements were met; establishing a strong membership base; and setting up processes and systems to make sure the association continues to flourish. In 2016 we drafted a strategic plan which detailed the different portfolios in the executive and their associated duties. We believe this will ensure that no aspect of SAERA is neglected, given that the executive members are all busy academics and give of their time freely for the good of the association. I would like to thank Prof Sechaba Mahlohaholo for his leadership in the past two years. Given his demanding position as DVC, he is unable to remain on the executive and Prof Aslam Fataar has kindly agreed to step into the role of outgoing President. The members of the executive and their portfolios are posted on this site. I encourage you, as members, to interact with the various portfolio holders, and support them with any information or other help you might like to offer e.g. organisation of a regional workshop. We have just had a successful conference hosted by Nelson Mandela University and for this, we must thank Dr Shervani Pillay and her LOC. As SAERA grows, so it becomes increasingly difficult to find venues that can house a large conference and so we have been forced to rely on corporate venues which present issues of affordability and accessibility for some members, particularly students and practitioners. As an executive we are committed to making the conference as affordable as possible, while still maintaining high academic standards, and we will apply our minds to how we can do this in the coming year. We would also like to hear from our members, and so encourage you to complete the survey you were sent this week to voice your opinions of the conference and how it can be improved. I have worked with most of the current executive for some years now, and I know they are all committed to and passionate about SAERA, as the leading education research association in South Africa and its committment to support capacity development of education and education researchers within South Africa. I thank the executive committee, and the larger membership, in advance for your ongoing support during the next two years.

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