Pre-Conference - 30 October

Registration 11:30 – 17:00
Parallel Workshops 14:00-19:30

Day 1 - 31 October

Registration from 7:00 
Main Programme 8:30 – 16:00
Mandela Lecture (Prof Saleem Badat) 16:00 Welcome Function and Book Launches 18:00

Day 2 - 1 November

Registration from 7:30 
Main Programme 8:30 – 17:30
SAERA AGM – 17:30 – 19:00

Day 3 - 2 November

Registration 7:30 – 8:30
Main Programme 8:30 – 17:00
Conference Dinner – 18:30 – late


Day 4 - 3 November

Parallel Sessions, SIG Meetings / Conference Closure  – 8:30  – 14:00

Optional Excursion to Makhanda, Rhodes University Campus – 10:15

The programme below has been updated as of 27 October 2023. The programme in the abstract and programme book is hyperlinked. You just need to click on the title and it will take you to the abstract. 

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Pre-Conference Programme

SAERA 2023 Early Career Researchers Pre-Conference Session

 Monday 30 October 2023 14:00 - 17:00 

Guest Presenter: The public good of a doctoral qualification. We welcome Dr Mthobisi Ndaba (University of Johannesburg) as guest lecture presenter at the 2023 SAERA Early Career Researchers Pre-Conference Session. Mthobisi Ndaba is a Post-doctoral Research fellow with SARChi Chair for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg. His research is located in the field of higher education studies, focused on higher education and the public good, inequalities, access and success, and student well-being and academic development. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Arts in Sociology, and a PhD in Education. Mthobisi is also an alumnus of the Wits Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF). He has worked in various tutoring and teaching roles in Education, Sociology, and Social Work. His 2022 journal article titled The Other Side of the Story: The Costs of Being a Public Good Academic, published in the Journal of Higher Education in Africa, has also been published as an op-ed in the African Edition of the University World News publication.

3 Parallel Workshops will follow the Guest Lecture

A: Research Design and Methods - some recent trends

B: Academic Writing and choosing a good journal

C: Conceptualising your contribution to knowledge

We invite Honours, Masters, PhD, Postdoctoral and Early Career researchers in education to attend these sessions! We also invite all ECRs to join the ‘meet and greet’ for young and upcoming educational researchers! Meet your colleagues, network and enjoy the interaction with others!

SAERA 2023 Pre-Conference Session 
30 October (Blue Lagoon Hotel)

SIG Workshop on Assessment (12:00 - 17:00)
Activating Formative Assessment to improve pedagogy in ITE Programmes
Anil Kanjee | Jeanette Ramollo

Applying and modelling appropriate pedagogical practices is critical for Teacher Educators to ‘better prepare’ student teachers to enter the world of teaching.

Research evidence indicates that the application of the Assessment for Learning (AfL) approach has the potential to improve learning by supporting teacher educators and student teachers to identify, and thereafter, address the specific learning needs of, respectively, their students and learners. However, this requires teacher educators to: (i) possess the necessary knowledge, skills and experience in the effective use of the AfL approach; and (ii) model and support students teachers to integrate the AfL approach into their pedagogical practices.

In this workshop, the facilitators will draw on latest research findings to introduce different AfL strategies and techniques that can be applied for supporting both Teacher Educators and Student Teachers to improve their pedagogical practices.

During the workshop participants will collaborate to share ideas as they reflect on their pedagogical experiences, review specific strategies and techniques, engage in practical exercises and evaluate different classroom scenarios.

At the end of the workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding and/or practical skills regarding:

  • different interpretations and applications of assessment;
  • integration of key strategies and techniques into their pedagogical practices;
  • modelling different AfL strategies and techniques to student

Please complete the application form if you plan to attend this workshop by clicking on the link below: 

For additional information, please contact:

A Kanjee –

L Ramollo –