SANTS Private Higher Education Institution would like to congratulate Dr Venise Joubert, a lecturer in the Intermediate Phase Teaching division, on being awarded her Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.) recently at the University of Pretoria. The title of her thesis is Lecturers’ Understanding of Postcolonial Policy Change in Curriculum.
Dr Joubert believes that the key to success is perseverance.
“If I have learned anything, it is the value of perseverance. The Ph.D. journey is more often than not filled with hard work and frustration. The key, however, lies in celebrating small victories, using setbacks as stepping stones, improving little by little, and most importantly, persevering.”
Her thesis focuses on power, resistance, meaning, and identity within the concepts of decolonisation and Africanisation. “Focussing on postcolonial curriculum change and critically analysing lecturers’ understandings of decolonisation and Africanisation against the backdrop of recent protests, I gained a better understanding of Higher Education and the challenges associated with changing policy and practice.”
Joubert explored and critically analysed lecturers’ understanding of the concepts of decolonisation and Africanisation. She interviewed 35 lecturers employed at the University of Pretoria.
“After analysing the data, I found that identity played an important role in lecturers’ understandings. Class intersected with race to determine lecturers’ identities, but these were often overdetermined by their identities as academics and intellectuals.”
According to Joubert, this brought her to the conclusion that teaching is a profession, not an occupation. “Teaching is a profession, not an occupation, and as such, it requires a deep understanding of what it means to be a professional teacher.”
She said this involves more than being an expert in a specific field or being familiar with your subject content. “It requires a critical understanding of the context within which you work and the policies that guide your practice.”
Joubert’s brief as a Professional Studies lecturer means that she deals with topics ranging from understanding the child in the classroom to social justice and teachers being agents of change.
As Jesse Jackson said: “You can’t teach what you don’t know, and you can’t lead where you won’t go!” Joubert believes that her studies have contributed to the development of her own unique professional identity, which she strives to share and instil in her SANTS students.”