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Desmond Wesley Govender

Position Associate Professor
Discipline Computer Science Education
Phone 031 260 3428
Email govenderd50@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Edgewood Campus.
Office Address   S 305, Second Floor, Wing 3, Main Tutorial Block,

Degrees Held

  • PhD, Masters, Honours in Computer Science, B. Comm, JSED.


  • Discipline Coordinator :  Computer Science Education (2012 to present)
  • Head of School – 2010 – 2011 - School of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (SMTE)
  • Dean’s Assistant for Initial Teacher Education (2008 – 2009)
  • Reviewer for the following national and international journals:
    • Perspectives in Education- (National)
    • African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education – (National)
    • African Education Review (National)
    • Education as Change (National)
    • African Journal of Information Systems – (International)
    • International Journal of Educational Sciences – (International)
    • External Moderator for the following universities including one International:
  • External Moderator for the following universities including one International:
    • University of Pretoria
    • North West University – Potchefstroom Campus
    • North West University – Mafikeng Campus
    • Midlands State University – Zimbabwe (International)


  • Received NRF Rating – Category C - in 2015.
  • Member of the Umalusi External Moderators Team – Information Technology (2012 - present)
  • Member of the NRF Review Committee - Economic and Management Sciences / Information and Communication Technology  (2011- 2014)
  • Served on National Task Team –2000&2001 (Restructuring and Modernisation of FET Curriculum in Computer Studies – RAM process)
  • Appointed by Minister of Education (Prof. Kader Asmal) to serve on the FET Computer Science committee for the writing of the New National Curriculum (NCS) for implementation in 2006 (6 member national team).
  • Appointed as an International Review member of an accreditation team in Ghana to assess curriculum and B.Ed. programmes at University of Winneba and Cape Coast


  • Meritorious Awards - UKZN (2006, 2009)

Research Interests

  • ICT integration in Teaching and Learning, Technology Adoption Models/Theories, User Acceptance of Technology, Learning Management Systems in Teaching and Learning, Programming Paradigms and the Teaching of Programming.

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Science Education Methodology, Programming using an Objects First Approach.


  • Successfully completed the supervision and graduation of 4 PhD students and six masters students. Presently supervising 6 PhD students and 3 masters students.

Community Involvement/Outreach

  • Project Title: Empowering Information Technology Teachers in Economically Deprived rural Schools – SANPAD Ref No. 10/32 (2010- 2013). ).  The objective of the project was to empower teachers in IT from formerly disadvantage schools. The project involved improving IT teachers’ professional development of programming. Paired programming, problem solving, and metacognition was explored.
  • Project Title: Integration of ICT (2009 – 2011). This was an NRF funded project, post PhD. Project involved the integration of ICT in 2 schools, which were part of the Vulundela Project where the focus was on empowering rural schools through ICT.

Journal Articles

  • Govender D.W. & Basak S. K. (2015). An Investigation of Factors Related to Self-Efficacy for Java Programming among Computer Science Education Students, Journal of Governance and Regulation, Vol 4, Issue 4, pp 612-619
  • Gachie E.M. & Govender D.W. (2015). Role of higher education institutions in private sector human capital development within a National System of Innovation, Problems and Perspectives in Management, Vol 13, Issue 2, pp 427-435.
  • Mtshali M.A., Maistry S. M. & Govender D.W. (2015). Online chats: A strategy to enhance learning in large classes, South African Journal of Education, vol 35, No 4. pp 1-9
  • Chitanana, L & Govender D.W. (2015). Bandwidth Management in the Era of Bring Your Own Device. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, Vol 68 (3), pp 1 – 14.
  • Basak, S.K. & Govender D.W., (2015). Development Of A Conceptual Framework Regarding The Factors Inhibiting Teachers’ Successful Adoption And Implementation of ICT In Teaching And Learning, International Business & Economics Research Journal – Volume 14, Number 3, pp 431 – 438 http://www.cluteinstitute.com/ojs/index.php/IBER/issue/view/964
  • Basak, S.K. & Govender D.W., (2015). Theoretical Framework Of The Factors Affecting University Academics’ Job Satisfaction, International Business & Economics Research Journal – Volume 14, Number 2, pp 317 - 326, http://www.cluteinstitute.com/ojs/index.php/IBER/issue/view/957.
  • Govender, I & Govender, D.W. (2014). Faculty perceptions about using a learning management system: A case study. Progressio, vol 36 (1), pp 34-52. http://reference.sabinet.co.za/document/EJC158124.
  • Govender, N. & Govender D. (2014). Change of Science Teachers’ Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Media Resources and its Pedagogical Use in Science Classrooms in a Developing Country, Journal of Communication, KRE Publishers, India, Vol 5 (2), pp 155-167. ISSN 0976-691X.
  • Govender, I., Govender, D.W., Havenga, M., Mentz, E., Betty, B., Dignum, F. & Dignum, V. (2014). Increasing self-efficacy in learning to program: exploring the benefits of explicit instruction for problem solving. TD The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 10(1) July 2014, pp 187-200.
  • Govender DW, Govender I (2014). Technology Adoption: A Different Perspective in a Developing Country, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences Journal, Volume 116, 21 February 2014, pp 2198-2204
  • Govender DW, (2013). Using perceptual control theory to analyse technology integration in teaching, The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 9(1) July 2013, pp. 171 - 181. http://reference.sabinet.co.za/document/EJC139012
  • Breed, B., Mentz, E., Havenga, M., Govender, D., Govender, I., Dignum, F. & Dignum, V. (2013).Views of the Use of Self-directed Metacognitive Questioning during Pair Programming in Economically Deprived Rural Schools. African Journal of research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 17(3), pp 206-219. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10288457.2013.839154
  • Havenga, M., Breed, B., Mentz, E., Govender, D., Govender, I., Dignum, F. & Dignum, V. (2013). Metacognitive and Problem-Solving Skills to Promote Self-Directed Learning in Computer Programming: Teachers’ Experiences. SA-eDUC JOURNAL, 10(2) 2 October 2013, pp 1-14.
  • Govender, D.W., Govender, I., Breed, B., Havenga,M., Dignum, F. & Dignum, V. (2013). Supporting Information Technology (IT) Teachers through Programming Professional Development: A South African Case Study, Journal of Communication, 4(2), pp 153-160. http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/JC/JC-04-0-000-13-Web/JC-04-2-000-13-Abst PDF/JC-04-2-153-13-055-Govender-D-W/JC-04-2-153-13-055-Govender-D-W-Tt.pdf
  • Govender D.W. (2012). A model to predict educators’ attitudes towards technology and thus technology adoption. African Education Review, Vol 9 (3) Nov 2012. pp 132 -152
  • Govender D.W., Maistry S. (2012). Exploring teachers’ propensity for technology adoption in Business Education. Journal of Social Sciences, Oct 2012, vol 31, (2), pp 193-202.
  • Govender, I. & Govender, D.W. (2012). A constructivist approach to teach a programming course: Students' responses to the use of a LMS. African Journal of research in Mathematics, science and technology Education. 16(2), pp 111-125.
  • Mentz, E., Bailey, R., Havenga, M., Breed, B., Govender, D., Govender, I., Dignum, F. & Dignum, V. (2012). The diverse educational needs and challenges of Information Technology teachers in two black rural schools. Perspectives in Education, 30(1), pp 238-258.
  • Govender D.W. (2010). The attitudes of students towards the use of a learning management system in a face-to-face learning mode of instruction. African Education Review, Vol (2) Nov 2010 pp 244-262.
  • Govender, D.W. & Govender, I. (2009). The Relationship between Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Integration and Teachers’ Self-efficacy Beliefs about ICT. Education as Change. 13(1), pp 153-165.
  • Govender D.W & Maharaj M (2007). The Attitudes of Educators to Information Technology Adoption in School Settings. Alternation – Vol 12 (2), pp 79 – 91 - ISBN 1023-1757.

Conference Proceedings

  • Basak S.K. & Govender D.W. (2015). Reference management software analysis: endnote and zotero. South Africa International Conference on Educational Technologies 19 – 21 April 2015 - “Educational Technologies in the 21st Century”. http://aa-rf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/SAICET-2015-Proceedings.pdf
  • Govender, D.W. & Govender, I. (2014). A Review of The Use of a Learning Management System for Teaching in Secondary Schools: Insights From A South African Case. EDULEARN14, Spain.
  • Govender, D.W. & Govender, I. (2013). On-Site Professional Development for Information Technology (IT) Teachers: A South African Case Study International Conference on Advanced Education Technology and Management Science (AETMS2013), Hong Kong.
  • Govender, D.W. & Govender, I. (2013). Technology Adoption: A different perspective in a developing country. In Proceedings of 5th World conference on Educational Sciences (WCES 2013). 05- 08 February 2013, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. Published in Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences Journal, 116(2014), 2198-2204.
  • Govender, D.W. & Govender, I. (2012). Are Students Learning Object Oriented Programming in an Object Oriented Programming Course? Student Voices. ITiCSE’12, July 3–5, 2012, Haifa, Israel.
  • Havenga, M., Mentz, E., Breed, B., Govender, D., Govender, I., Dignum, F. & Dignum, V. (2012). A case study regarding teachers' problem-solving activities and approaches towards computer programming in diverse learning environments. ICSIT 2012. The 3rd International conference on Society and Information Technologies. March 25th - 28th, 2012, Orlando, Florida, USA. Conference Proceedings.
  • Mentz, E., Havenga, M., Govender, D.W., Govender, I & Breed, B. (2012). Empowering Information Technology Teachers in Rural Schools: A Needs Analysis. In proceedings of 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, Canada, 13-17 April.
  • Govender, I. & Govender, D.W. (2012). Using Social Networks for Teaching and Learning: An Exploratory study. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2012 (pp. 2421-2427). Chesapeake, VA: AACE
  • Govender, D.W. & Govender, I. (2011). Technology adoption: Beauty or Beast in Teaching and Learning? In Proceedings of EASA conference. EASA 2011, 10-13 January 2011; Sun City, South Africa
  • Govender D.W. (2010). Educator Acceptance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) integration in teaching and learning in a developing country. In Proceedings of Ed-Media World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications held in Toronto, Canada, June 2010 - ISBN: 1-880094-65-8
  • Govender, I. & Govender, D.W. (2010). An Exploratory Study: The effectiveness of a Learning Management System (LMS) in the delivery of a face-to-face programming course. In Proceedings of International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics: ICETI 2010. Florida, USA.
  • Govender, I. & Govender, D.W. (2009). Learning management systems to support learning. SITE 2009. Charleston, USA.
  • Govender, I. & Govender, D.W. (2008). Linking Teachers' Self-Efficacy Beliefs about ICT in a Developing Country. In Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008. June 30-July 4, 2008; Vienna, Austria.
  • Govender D.W. (2007). Challenges with respect to the e-Readiness of Secondary school Teachers in KZN – South Africa. In Proceedings of Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE), Dundee, Scotland , 25-27 June 2007. ISBN – 978-1-59593-611-0.
  • Govender D.W. (2006). Introduction of Asynchronous Learning Networks as a mode of Course Delivery in a developing Country in Africa. In Proceedings of Ed-Media conference for Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), June 2006, Atlanta, Florida, USA. ISBN: 1-880094-59-2
  • Govender D.W. & Govender N. (2005). ICT integration in Science Education. In proceedings of the international SASE 2005 conference in Maputo.
  • Govender D.W. (2005). An investigation into the perceptions of students towards an online mode of course delivery. In proceedings of the KENTON 2005 conference in Port Alfred

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