Master’s Graduate Designs Teacher Programme
Mr Douglas Sotsaka, a Lecturer at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), successfully completed his Master’s in Technology Education degree (summa cum laude) in a single year and now his findings are being used to assist teachers.
‘I’m over the moon,’ said Sotsaka. ‘This is a great achievement for me and my family. It’s the cherry on the top - my hours of slogging, sleepless nights and the tons of reading I had to do have paid off. It was all worth it.’
His study explores the understanding of Engineering and Graphic Design (EGD) teachers of Assembly Drawing (AD) and their practice of AD in order to establish an interface that exists between teachers’ understanding and their teaching practice for AD.
Based on the findings of his study, a teacher professional development intervention (PDI) programme was designed to assist EGD teachers, in the uThukela District in KwaZulu-Natal to overcome some of the content and contextual challenges they encounter when teaching AD.
‘It is also envisaged that this PDI programme will forge links between EGD teachers in the district and so develop professional learning communities and in the long run this will help improve performance in AD. An improvement in learner performance in EGD will increase the access of previously disadvantaged learners into fields like engineering,’ he said.
Sotsaka was grateful to UKZN for funding his master’s degree and was equally appreciative of the support from his family, friends and his supervisor, Dr Asheena Singh-Pillay.
‘It has not been an easy journey for me. I lecture students full-time and being the only son in the family, I am responsible for the well-being of my mother, sisters, nephews and my children. My mother always kept me in her prayers to achieve my goals. The impossible becomes possible through the grace of God,’ he said.
‘I plan to read for my PhD this year. But for now, I’m planning a very short vacation with my family. I want to spend some quality time with them. They deserve to be spoilt as they have been quite supportive of me.’