South Africa Research ChairAdmin2020-03-27T12:15:42+02:00
South Africa Research Chair
The National Research Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology awarded a Tier 1 South Africa Research Chair to Elizabeth Henning in September 2015. She had received a number of NRF grants previously, including one for a Research Niche Area (RNA) for Ecologies of Learning, which included three separate projects, headed by herself, Prof Jace Pillay and Prof Duan van der Westhuizen.
The fruits of the research in this chair is evident in the development of the various projects and making study bursaries available to eleven Ph.D. students and nine MEd students from 2016 onwards. The research has also produced a variety of journal articles, and book chapters, as well as conference papers and symposia in South Africa and elsewhere. The Cognition and Assessment lab includes the research rooms dedicated to student work and inquiry into child learning, using state of the art technology. Here we test children for their competence in early reading, their reading of STEM texts in the middle grades, and early numerical cognition. The lab also epitomizes the advancement in test development, video production and it serves as a resource center for researchers with its library and video collection.
The Henning Lab
The research by the director of the CEPR and her students and associates since the founding of the Centre formed the basis of the newly established Henning Lab for child learning research. Individual children and groups are studied to search for evidence of individual learning of children in the primary school years and how learning happens through language.
Collaborators are recent Ph.D. and MEd graduates as well as current master’s and doctoral students and fellow researchers in the SARChI Chair portfolio.