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.
Since 2008 the focus of my research shifted to community engagement, in particular the quality of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in ECD centres in townships in the Vaal Triangle of the Gauteng Province. As the quality of early childhood development programmes was in general of a low standard, intervention programmes to improve the quality of teaching and learning were designed and, in co-operation with the Department of Health, implemented.
Currently I work with an NGO in Evaton West, Vaal Triangle. Practitioners in ECD centres attend programmes aimed at empowering them with the knowledge and skills needed for quality teaching and learning aimed at preparing learners for formal school. The managers of these centres are also empowered to manage their respective centres more effectively.
A Memorandum of Understanding was formalised with the Korein Kinderplein who is responsible for ECD in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. This institution and the students also work in Evaton West through the partnership between the university, the NGO and Korein Kinderplein we strive to improve education in ECD centres.
Based on my community engagement work and research I have stated a Community Engagement Symposium in 2013. This symposium is hosted annually and it well attended by academics and other delegates who are involved in community engagement.