Master of Education: Adult Education (M.Ed Ad Ed)
Paulo Freire

The Masters programme provides students with a thorough grounding in adult education theory and research in ways that enrich their professional practice and equip them as researchers in the field. Taught by staff recognised to be at the forefront of adult education in South Africa, the programme attracts students from a variety of educational backgrounds, and from other African countries.

The programme includes coursework and a dissertation, and is run part-time over two years. Modules include Theories of Adult Education, Adult Learning Studies, and an elective chosen from Issues in Adult Literacy and Basic Education, Workplace Learning, Curriculum Studies, Issues in Further Education and Training, Lifelong Learning, and Global Citizenship. Research modules include Discourses in Educational Research, Research Proposal Writing, and Research Methodologies. Students must complete six modules, which together make up 50 percent of the degree, while the dissertation makes up the other 50 percent.


Examples of M.Ed students’dissertation topics in 2007 and 2008

  • The relationship between life long learning and change and transformation in a woman's life: a life history study of a 64 year old female adult learner from KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Why are large numbers of illiterate adult members of the Luthuli Rural Community not attending ABET Classes? An investigation of their needs and aspirations regarding adult basic education and training.
  • Investigating an agricultural extension training program from an adult education perspective in Oromia Region, Ethiopia: An exploratory case study.
  • Why do general assistant staff at DHS not take advantage of learning opportunities?
  • A case study of workplace challenges with five adults with learning disabilities.
  • A case study of curriculum development processes in the Human Rights Democracy and Development (HRDD) Project.

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