Rowan Thompson | Head of Maths, Science and Technology
Embury Institute for Teacher Education

Rowan Thompson, Head of Maths, Science and Technology, Embury Institute for Teacher Education

Head of Department Mathematics, Science and Technology at Embury Institute of Higher Education. Lecturer and teacher of science, design and technology since 2016. Educated in Scotland (mostly) - BScHons Industrial Design, PG Dip Energy Systems and the Environment and PGCE Technology Education (Secondary). As an industrial designer, worked for ICI Fine Chemicals, Rolls Royce Industrial Power and Edinburgh-based Phoenix and Man Made design consultancies. As a teacher, taught secondary Technology for 20 years in Scotland, Botswana and England. 13 years were spent teaching Technology at Sevenoaks School in Kent. Developed a community education library and ICT centre in Mulamula, Limpopo, with my wife Tivani as a collaborative student outreach and fundraising initiative with Sevenoaks School. Returned to SA to work on the Mulamula Project and complete a Masters in Education (cum laude) from UKZN specialising in Technology and ICT Education in rural settings using Mulamula Project as a setting. Currently working on a PhD focussing on Computer Aided Design (CAD) training in teacher training institutions. Also authoring chapters for an OUPSA Technology textbook for Intermediate Phase teachers which foregrounds indigenous knowledge systems. Prior to Embury appointment: trained trainers and taught science and technology to educators in rural and resource limited township schools with the Centre for Advancement of Science and Technology Education (CASME) in Pinetown. Research interests include: rural technology and ICT education for marginalised communities; integration of computer technology to help revive technology education in the curriculum; appropriate technology and promotion of indigenous craft and technology. 


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It’s about the long term: Teaching essential skills and competencies

  • Ensuring sustainability through innovative models
  • The importance of good skills and competencies
  • Becoming a change-maker to thrive
  • Real world experience and how this will sustain students
last published: 19/Sep/18 14:38 GMT

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