PhD study re-theorises linguistic vitality

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 05/29/2018 - 14:13

PhD study re-theorises linguistic vitality

Jean-Louis Ndoutoume Mendene received his PhD in education management at the recent Autumn Graduation Ceremonies of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark.

Professional development may prove quite difficult if one is based far away from the institution where you want to study. In his thesis entitled, “Guidelines for the use of open education resources in open distance learning for teacher professional development in Gabon”, Jean-Louis created guidelines for the use of open education resources (OERs) in open distance learning for teacher professional development in Gabon. 

A qualitative bounded case study with design research was used to execute two iterative cycles. The first was a pilot workshop at the campus in Vanderbijlpark to test the selection of the OERs and establish the design principles and technology innovations. The second cycle comprised a training workshop with English second foreign language lecturers, technology experts and pre-service teachers at Ecole Normale Superiéure in Libreville. 

From his research Jean-Louis developed a curriculum for teaching English as a second foreign language, making a significant contribution to teacher training at Ecole Normale Superiéure. He also conceptualised a teacher professional development workshop for English teachers through distance education. 

The guidelines from his research could benefit and support the Gabonese Education system, policy makers and academic institutions, lecturers, pre-service and in-service teachers in their quest to implement, integrate and use OERs in ODL for the TPD in Gabon.

Prof AS Blignaut was promoter of the study and Dr V Leendertz the co-promoter.

More about Jean-Louis

Jean-Louis Ndoutoume Mendene was born in Gabon, West Africa. In 1992 he attended Ecole Normale Superiéure, a teacher training college in Libreville, Gabon. He completed an MPhil in second language study at Stellenbosch University, and a master’s degree in education in 2010 at the NWU.

Jean-Louis Ndoutoume Mendene