Dr Melanie Drake
Qualifications: BMus (Ed) (UCT), Cert. Bus. Mngt (RU), MEd (ELM) Distinction (RU), PhD Ed (UoA, NZ)
Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone number: 043 704 7361
Teaching areas of specialisation: values/character education, socio-cultural foundations of education, education psychology, arts & culture, music.
Research Interests: Dr Drake has taught at both private and public primary schools in South Africa, while her doctoral research explored education in the rural and township communities of South Africa. She has recently moved back to South Africa after a five year period abroad in New Zealand where she lectured and completed her PhD at the University of Auckland, New Zealand as an International Commonwealth Scholar. Dr Drake’s PhD research involved the complex relationships between policy and practice in South African education, and the emerging evidence from her doctoral work highlighted the vast complexities that exist between policy and practice. Her areas of interest include: values education; school practice; school leadership; teacher motivation; organisational development; and qualitative research methods.
Publications (last five years):
Drake, ML., Jackson, MJ. & Sotuku, N. (2016). Teacher and Teach Personality. In CIO Okeke, MM van Wyk, EO Adu & JF Abondia (Eds.), Learn to Teach: A Handbook for Teacher Education. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
Drake, ML.& Jackson, MJ. (2016). Lesson planning within a learning-centred context. In CIO Okeke, MM van Wyk, EO Adu & JF Abondia (Eds.), Learn to Teach: A Handbook for Teacher Education. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
Drake, ML. (2016). The meaning of being a teacher. In CIO Okeke, MM van Wyk, EO Adu & JF Abondia (Eds.), Learn to Teach: A Handbook for Teacher Education. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
Drake, ML. (2015). Objectivity, Values and Subjectivity: Issues of values and ethics in the research process. In CIO Okeke & MM van Wyk (Eds.), Research methods: An African approach. Cape Town: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780190409135
Okeke, CIO & Drake, ML (2015). Protecting children’s rights in early childhood research in South Africa: What ethical measures are in place? International Journal of Social Science [KAMLA RAJ].
Drake, ML. (2014). Historical Development of Inclusive Education in South Africa. In CIO Okeke, MM van Wyk & NT Pasha (Eds.), Schooling, society & inclusive education: An African perspective. Cape Town: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199077809
Drake, ML. (2014). Ethical complexities in fieldwork: A journey into values education in a South African school. In J. Rath & C. Mutch (Eds.), Emerging critical scholarship in education: Navigating the doctoral journey. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Okeke, CIO, Adu, E, Drake, ML and Duku, NS (2014). Correlating Demographic Variables with Occupational Stress and Coping Strategies of Pre-School Educators: A Literature Review, Journal of Psychology (JP-023-14) [KAMLA RAJ]