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Emeritus Professor

Prof Pam Christie




Emerita Professor

Room 5.03.2
Telephone: (021) 650 2185
Fax: (021) 650 3489

Interests: sociology of education; education policy; school organisation and change; ethics and social justice in education.

Member of the University of the Witwatersrand UNESCO Chair Forum on Teacher Education for Diversity and Development.

Research and Publications


  • Christie, P. & Potterton, M. (Eds.) (2010) Leading South African Catholic schools in the 21st century. Johannesburg: Catholic Institute of Education.
  • Hayes, D., Mills, M., Christie, P. & Lingard, R. (2006) Teachers and Schools Making a Difference: productive pedagogies and productive performance. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Lingard, B., Hayes, D., Mills, M. & Christie, P. (2003) Leading Learning: Making hope practical in schools. Maidenhead: Open University Press. (Translated into Chinese, published by McGraw Hill Education)
  • Jansen, J. & Christie, P. (Eds.) (1999) Changing Curriculum: Studies in Outcomes-Based Education in South Africa. Johannesburg: Juta.
  • Christie, P. (1990) Open Schools: Racially Mixed Catholic Schools in South Africa 1976?86. Johannesburg: Ravan Press.
  • Christie, P. (1991) The Right to Learn: The Struggle for Education in South Africa. Johannesburg: SACHED/Ravan. Revised and Expanded Edition (reprinted 1992, 1994, 2006).

Selected articles

  • Fleisch, B. & Christie, P. (2004) Structural change, leadership and school effectiveness/ improvement: perspectives from South Africa. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 25(1), 95-112.
  • Christie, P. and Limerick, B. (2004) EDITORIAL OVERVIEW. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 25:1, 3 - 6.
  • Lingard, B. & Christie, P. (2003) Leading theory: Bourdieu and the field of educational leadership. International Journal of Educational Leadership, 6(4), 317-333.
  • Christie, P. (2001) Improving School Quality in South Africa: A study of schools that have succeeded against the odds. Journal of Education, 26, pp. 40-65.

Selected reports and presentations

  • Christie, P. with Sullivan, P., Duku, N. & Gallie, M. (2010) Researching the Need: School Leadership and Quality of Education in South Africa. Report prepared for Bridge, South Africa and ARK, UK.
  • Wits School of Education (2009) Implementation of the National Curriculum Statement in the Foundation Phase. Report presented to the Gauteng Department of Education. Writers: F. Faller, P. Christie, L. Excel, V. Linington.