I obtained a B Sc, majoring in Chemistry and Botany at UFS in 1986. After 23 years of teaching in various secondary schools, I started lecturing in January 2010 at the NWU (Vaal). In 2011 I obtained a B Ed (Honn) in curriculum development and performed a research study on indirect teaching methods in Physical Science.
Both my MEd (1988) and DEd (1992) degrees were obtained from the RAU (now UJ), in the field of teacher education.
My university career started in 1988 at the Vista University in the Faculty of Education. With the merging of higher education institutions in 2004, I became part of the School of Education of the Vaal Campus of the NWU. During my university career I lectured several undergraduate and post graduate modules, supervised a number of Masters and Doctoral students and filled various managerial positions.
My research career started in 1996 on education management (MEd), followed by A management strategy for Quality Assurance in teacher training in South Africa (PhD).
I was then a member of the committee for In-Service teacher training programmes, focusing on quality assurance of these programmes and the implementation thereof.
Prof Marthie van der Walt het haar MEd (2006) en PhD (2008) onder leiding van prof Kobus Maree (UP) as studieleier/promotor voltooi. Kwantitatiewe en kwalitatiewe navorsingbenaderings word in haar navorsing gebruik. Haar navorsing fokus op die moontlike waarde van metakognisie vir die onderrig-leer van wiskunde in die 21ste eeu om selfgerigte leer (SGL) te bevorder.