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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Science, Mathematics and Technology Education

Sediba Project

The North-West University (NWU) takes pleasure inviting you to enrol for the Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) in Physical Science or Mathematics. These training programmes were designed in consultation with a number of Departments of Education and are presented through the well-established Sediba Project. This project was initially made possible by generous grants from DENEL (Pty) Ltd (1996) and BHP Billiton Development Trust (1997) as part of their social responsibility towards education in general. Since then various other sponsors have contributed to the success of the project.These two-year (part-time) professional development programmes are aimed at improving the quality of physical science and mathematics teaching in schools and thereby contributing to prosperity in South Africa. The Sediba Project is characterised by an emphasis on content and conceptual knowledge, sufficient and direct contact between lecturers and students on campus, experienced and dedicated project staff and efficient management and administration. These programmes are registered with SAQA. The science education programme was selected for evaluation and was fully accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) in 2007.


Course information

1. Curricula
The course content is structured to the respective needs of physical science and mathematics teachers who are teaching in secondary schools. The two curricula presented are:PHYSICAL SCIENCE: chemistry, physics, didactics of chemistry and physics, education, computer literacy, introductory education research and legislation, counselling and support regarding HIV and AIDS.MATHEMATICS: mathematics, didactics of mathematics, education, computer literacy, introductory education research and legislation, counselling and support regarding HIV and AIDS. 

2. Who should participate
MATHEMATICS: Persons in possession of a recognised three-year education diploma with specialisation in mathematics. Applicants must teach in secondary schools. Applicants must teach in secondary schools.PHYSICAL SCIENCE: Persons in possession of a recognised three-year education diploma with specialisation in physical science or persons in possession of a three year teacher's diploma, with physical science as a subject at matric level, and at least three years experience of teaching physical science at secondary level. Applicants must teach in secondary schools. 

3. Presentation
The two courses are offered on a part-time basis and comprise both distance and contact learning. Students are required to attend four (4) contact sessions annually at the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU. Contact sessions are scheduled during holidays when possible. The courses are presented in English by dedicated Sediba staff, experienced in the teaching of high school physical science and mathematics, and fully committed to improving the quality of education in South Africa. Lectures and practical work are presented in modern lecture rooms and well-equipped laboratories and the tuition is enriched by computer aided instruction in modern computer centres. In addition to these "high tech" aspects, the Sediba teachers are trained to adapt their knowledge to their teaching environment. Teachers will be introduced to the use of low cost equipment and the handling of equipment available at schools. Experimental work is seen as an important part of the physics and chemistry courses and aims to provide teachers with practical skills and an improved understanding of the scientific principles underlying theoretical work.

4. Assessment
Assessment is done on a continuous basis and includes formative and summative assessment. The assessment of teachers is based on group and individual assignments, practical work, class tests and examinations. 

5. Benefits for participants
•  The training will enable teachers to improve their quality of teaching right from the start.
•  Mastering of Physical Science or Mathematics and the ability to teach the subjects with greater confidence.
•  To contribute towards our country's technology based industrial development, aimed at economic growth and thereby meeting the needs of our people.
•  Interaction with colleagues in an environment conducive to learning and lifelong education.
•  A continuous help-line for teachers to provide support with the new Physical Science and Mathematics curricula.
•  Teachers completing the Advanced Certificate in Education would have better career prospects. The ACE gives access to further studies - B.Ed. (Hons). 

6. Further study
Candidates that successfully complete the Sediba Programme may enroll for the B. Ed Honours course presented at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at Potchefstroom University. 

7. Accommodation
Accommodation is available on campus and in the city.
Contact information for Dennepark Accommodation Complex
Contact person:  Mrs Delene Thomas – Manager Guesthouse
Physical address:  Corner of Molen and Esselen Street
Tel:  (018) 299 2449
Office Hours:  Weekdays 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:30
Potchefstroom map 

8. Sponsors
The sponsors page has links to the websites of most of the participants. 

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