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Asheena Singh-PIllay

Position Lecturer
Discipline Technology education
Phone 031 260 3672
Email pillaya5@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Edgewood Campus
Office Address Room UH103

Degree held:

  • PhD (Science education),
  • PG Dip HE



  • I am a lecturer in the Discipline of Technology Education, Science and Technology Education Cluster, School of Education (Edgewood Campus). I have served as the Academic Discipline Head of Technology Education in 2014. For the past 31 years, I have been involved in the field of Science and Technology Education as high school teacher of Physical science, Life Science and natural science and as a lecturer of technology education at UKZN.  I serve as an examiner for the national Life Sciences Olympiad.
  • I have also served as an administrator and research assistant on Project Sustain, a 6 million Norwegian Krone project funded by NUFU. The project aimed at the promotion of Sustainable Science and Technology programs at tertiary institutions in South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. I worked with a team of national and international researchers.
  • I am a researcher on the safer learning environment project, which was funded by the NRF (2014-2016). I also work on the UTLO support project.
  • I have served as an internal examiner of PhD and Master’s thesis of UKZN. I have examined master’s thesis for UNISA.  I have moderated the ACT qualification in environmental education and Plant biology for UFS. I have reviewed abstracts for the following conferences SAARMSTE, SAERA, UTLO. I have reviewed articles for SAGE Open, Eurasian Journal of Math, Science and Technology Education.
  • I am a member of SAARMSTE 2008- to date.


  • Received TLCRG 17 &18


  • Recipient of Leap Mellon Foundation bursary for research in scares skills- 2006-2008
  • Project Sustain Fellowship 2008-2010

Research interest:

  • Design process in technology education
  • Assembly drawings and sectional drawings in engineering graphics and design
  • Technical and vocational education and training
  • Socially responsible Science and Technology education
  • Sustainable development and green technologies
  • Curriculum/policy issues in STE
  • Practical work  and process skills in STE
  • Gender and STE
  • School –industry – community interfaces
  • Indigenous Knowledge systems (IKS)
  • Service learning
  • Student engagement in STE
  • Community based participatory action research
  • Actor network theory

Teaching interest

  • Service learning
  • Practical work in STE
  • IKS
  • Curriculum  in STE
  • Research in STE
  • Project based learning
  • Sustainable development and technology
  • Natural and life sciences


  • Asheena Singh- Pillay: Pre –service technology teachers’ learning during service learning: A promising marriage for pedagogy.  Alternation Special edition no 16, 2015
  • Asheena Singh- Pillay & B. Alant: Tracing the policy mediation process in the implementation of a change in the life sciences curriculum. African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, volume 19 issue 1 of 2015
  • Singh Shakila, Mudaly, Ronicka & Singh- Pillay Asheena: The what, who and where of female students’ fear of sexual assault on a South African University campus. AGENDA, volume 29 issue 3, 2015


Currently supervising 3 masters and 3 PhD students

Student graduated: 6

  • Dagogo William Legg-Jack – Summa cum laude
  • Godson Nwokocha
  • Frank Ohemeng- Appiah
  • Joseph Mesuwini
  • Douglas Sibusiso Sotsaka - Summa cum laude
  • Furirwai Samaneka – Cum Laude

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