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Nyna Amin

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Nyna Amin

Position Associate Professor
Discipline Curriculum Studies
Phone 031 260 7255
Campus Edgewood Campus
Office Address CS138, Second Floor, Main Tutorial Building

Degrees Held

  • BA, Bed (Hons), Med (cum laude), DEd


  • BEd – Professional Studies 110; Teaching Practice 120 (2006-2011)
  • MEd – Generic research modules (2008-2014)
  • PhD – Cohort supervision (2008-2014)


  • NRF grant: Teachers’ Work Project (2014-2016)
  • HELTASA National Commendation for Excellence in Teaching (2012)
  • Distinguished Teacher’s Award (2011)
  • Teaching and Learning Innovations and Quality Enhancement Grant (2010)
  • Winner: Best Scholarly Engagement. Research Indaba, U of Pretoria (2009)
  • Tripartite Research Collaboration Scholarship – Belgium (2009)
  • Tripartite Research Collaboration Scholarship – Belgium (2008)
  • Merit Award from the University of KwaZulu-Natal for excellent work (2007)
  • Leap Lectureship in Education (2006 – 2008)
  • Fulbright Scholarship to Michigan State University (2003 – 2004)

Research Interests:

    Teacher education, higher education, medical education, gender, discourse analysis

Teaching Interests:

    Educational research and discourses, research methodology, proposal writing skills, writing for publication


Graduated PhD

    Laura Campbell: Certain the curriculum, uncertain the context: Palliative care in context (2012)

Graduated MEd

  • Sharon Bengtson: What young children say about violence in their school (2010)
  • Romy Ganassi: The reading experiences of grade four children (2010)
  • Devakumari Poovan: Exploring principals’ speeches: Sensitising student teachers to school contexts (2012)
  • Nessa G Reddy: Exploring an orientation programme for student teachers: A discourse analysis of principals’ speeches (2012)
  • Somadhanum Naidoo: Exploring orientation speeches of school principals: Inspirational invitations to student teachers (2012)
  • Wade Cafun: The relationship between teachers’ conceptions of globalisation and professional learning (2012)
  • Sathiaveni Duel Moodley: The influence of context on teachers’ conceptions of professional expertise (2013)
  • Vanmala Poonsamy: The influence of context on novice teachers’ professional development (2013)
  • Isaiah David: A social justice analysis of policies on internationalization in a higher education institution (2014)

Publications/Selected Publications (2011 – 2013):

  • Campbell, L. & Amin, N. (2014). Potential benefits and challenges of traditional healers providing aspects of palliative care in rural South Africa. Rural and Remote Health. 14:2378 (online).
  • Ngene, N.C., Amin N. & Moodley, J. (2014). Ruptured subcapsular hematoma of the liver due to pre-eclampsia presenting as interstitial pregnancy and the role of intra-abdominal packing. Nigerian Journal of Clinical practice. (forthcoming).
  • Campbell, L. & Amin, N. (2013). Dilemmas of telling bad news: Paediatric palliative care providers’ experiences in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. South African Journal of Child Health. 7(3), 113-116.
  • Amin, N. & Campbell, L. (2012). A post-structural glimpse at the World Health Organization’s palliative care discourse in rural South Africa. Journal of Rural and Remote Health, 12: 2059 (online).
  • Amin, N. (2012). Excavating memories: A retrospective analysis of mathematics teachers’ foregrounds. Pythagoras, 33(2) #178, 9 pages.
  • Amin, N. (2011). Critique and care in higher education assessment: From a Cartesian plain to Mobius congruity. Alternation, Vol. 18(2), 268-288.

Chapters in Books:

  • Amin, N. & Vandeyar, S. (2014). Theoretical underpinnings of researching good teacher education practices: Some methodological considerations. In, S. Vandeyar (ed.). Good practice in culture rich classrooms: Research-informed perspectives. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
  • Vandeyar, S. & Amin, N. (2014). Good practice in culture rich classrooms. In, S. Vandeyar (ed.). Good practice in culture rich classrooms: Research-informed perspectives. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
  • Amin, N. & Govinden, D. (2012). Sari stories: Fragmentary images of ‘Indian women’. In, C. Mitchell & R. Moletsane (Ed). Was it something I wore? Gender, dress and material culture in social research. (pp. 323-340) Pretoria: HSRC Press.

Guest Editorials

  • Amin, N. & Govinden D. (2014). Autobiographies, biographies and writing lives. Agenda. 98(28.1), 1-4.
  • Dhunpath, R., Amin, N. & Msibi, T. (2014). Re-envisioning African Higher Education: Alternative Paradigms, Emerging Trends and New Directions.
  • Dhunpath, R., Nakabugo, M.G. & Amin, N. (2013). Higher education in an era of reconstruction, internationalisation, competition and cooperation. Alternation, 20(2).
  • Dhunpath, R. & Nakabugo, M.G. & Amin, N. (2012). Transformational trends in higher education scholarship and curriculum. Alternation, 19(2), 1-11.