Dr Azwihangwisi Muthivhi
Convener: MEd specialising in Primary Education
Interests: Children’s learning and development; concept acquisition in diverse cultural contexts of primary schooling. Developmental Psychology and Education; Language, thought and classroom teaching and learning in rapidly changing cultural contexts of schooling.
Co-ordinator PGCE Intermediate and Senior Phase; Master of Education in Primary Education.
I am currently investigating children's learning and development in diverse cultural contexts of the South African primary school system. Employing Vygotsky’s cultural-historical activity theory approach (CHAT), I wish to understand the cultural-historical bases of the difficulties learners experience during school learning; with the aim of finding lasting solutions that incorporate children’s motivation to learn and hence, taking into account the unique situations and interests of learners as bases for creating meaningful engagement with knowledge that connects with their development.
I am presently leading an NRF funded: Finland-South Africa Research Cooperation Programme, wherein I am conducting empirical research on children’s learning and development in South African and Finnish primary schools (working with the universities of Oulu and Helsinki in Finland). During 2014, as Visiting Research Scholar at City University of New York, I will be extending my research to include primary schools in New York and, as a result, enriching the comparative capacity that this research will yield.
Graduate students intending to study towards a research-based Master of Education or Doctor of Philosophy degrees; in areas related to my research interests, are encouraged to contact me by e-mail correspondence. Students seeking information on our Coursework Master of Education in Primary Education are also encouraged to contact me.
Muthivhi, A.E., 2015. Piaget's Theory of Human Development and Education. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 18. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 125–132.
- Muthivhi A. E.(2015). Making Children and Youth Competent: Children’s and Young People’s Learning and Development in Sociocultural Contexts of South Africa’s and Finland’s Schooling. Proposal for South Africa-Finland Research Cooperation Programme 2013 to 2016.
- Muthivhi, A. E. 2014. Cultural-historical basis of literacy practices in TshiVenda-speaking South Africa’s primary classrooms, Outlines - Critical Practice Studies. No. 3 • 2014 • (79-96)
- Muthivhi, A.E. (2013) Development of verbal thinking and problem solving among TshiVenda-speaking primary school children . Perspectives in Education. 31 (2), 22-32.
- Harrison, G. and Muthivhi, A.E. (2013) Mediating self-regulation in kindergarten classrooms: An exploratory case study of early childhood education in South Africa. Journal of Education, No. 57, 79-101.
- Azwihangwisi Muthivhi (2012) Schooling and the development of verbal thinking: TshiVenda-speaking children’s reasoning and classification skills. A pre-final version of the article published in the South African Journal of Psychology, 42(1), 2012.
- Azwihangwisi Muthivhi (2011) The cultural context of development: languageas a means for thinking and problem-solving . South African Journal of Childhood Education, vol.1, no 1, July.
- Azwihangwisi Muthivhi (2010) Piaget, Vygotsky, and the cultural development of the notions of possibility and necessity: an experimental study among rural South African learners. A pre-final version of the article published in the South African Journal of Psychology, 40(2), 2010.
- Azwihangwisi Muthivhi (2010) Ploughing new fields of knowledge: culture and the rise of community schooling in Venda. Journal of Education, No 48.
- Azwihangwisi Muthivhi and Yvonne Broom (2009) School as cultural practice: Piaget and Vygotsky on learning and concept development in post-apartheid South Africa. Journal of Education, No. 47.
- Muthivhi, A.E. (2009) A Dialogue between Piaget and Vygotsky on the Developmental Acquisition of the Notions of Necessity and Possibility: A South African Case Study. Journal of Educational Studies. 8 (1), 68-90.
- Muthivhi, A (2008) Language policy, classroom practice and concept learning in a Grade One Tshivenda classroom. Southern African Review of Education 14 (3, 23-35).
- Muthivhi, A.E. & Broom, Y. (2008) Continuities across schooling transition: A case of classroom practices among teachers in Venda, South Africa. Journal of Educational Studies 7 (1), 87-104.
- Muthivhi, A.E. (2008a) A socio-cultural case study of the schooling system in Venda, South Africa. PhD thesis presented to the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. May 2008. Johannesburg: Wits University.