Research School


Announcing a Postponment of: The 18th Annual SAARMSTE Research School for  Mathematics, Science and Technology Education 

Host Institution: The School of Education, Sol Plaatje University, Kimberley, Free State in South Africa

Dates: RS2020 is postponed until further notice

Invitation to: PhD students in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, their promoters and early career post-doctoral researchers are closed until further notice. 

Expression of Interest and Application to participate is closed until further notice.  Any queries may be direct to the Secretariat by email to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


For some background information on the Research School, scroll down to read some interesting history and its aims. Following on from these is further information pertaining to the annual event, e.g. participants and themes around which the event revolves, and finally a note on collaboration.



The first RS took place at the Eskom conference centre in July 2003. This RS was a tremendous success and as a result a decision was taken to host the RS annually. Across the period since this start, over 400 students have been supported at annual research schools, with highly positive feedback, and increasing progress into Higher Education lecturing, supervision and further research capacity development in STEM education/teacher education

The purpose of the Research Schools is to provide approximately 40-50 PhD participants with the opportunity to explore various aspects of the research process in a supportive environment. Each RS is a 3-4 day residential workshops open to doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and supervisors in mathematics, science and technology education largely from southern Africa. At each school, a team of invited experienced researchers from regional and international universities run plenary sessions and workshops focusing on issues of research design and theory, data collection and analysis, and writing for publication. Participants bring their own research data and writing with them, and in the workshop sessions they are able to share their work with others and get feedback from peers and experienced researchers.

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The primary aim of the SAARMSTE Research School is building a critical mass of researchers and educators and aims to produce people with the knowledge and skills that will enable southern Africa to engage proactively in a competitive global economy.

The aims can be listed as follows:

  • Enhance the quality of research and research training in Science, Technology and Mathematics education
  • Facilitate the progress of doctoral/post-doctoral students engaged in current research
  • Provide an opportunity for students to “show case” their work through means of a poster presentation, for comment and engagement in an open atmosphere
  • Facilitate a high throughput rate of doctoral students
  • Facilitate research writing and publication skills
  • Strengthen the community of Science, Technology and Mathematics education researchers
  • Bring together supervisors to facilitate the provision of high quality supervision and mentoring in research programmes
  • Foster international, national and regional collaboration that will contribute towards a culture of continued Science, Technology and Mathematics Education (STME) research


The participants are drawn from higher education institutes in the SADC region that offer PhD programs. Participants are registered doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and supervisors. Participants participate in presentations, workshops, poster sessions, consultation related to their individual research projects and reviewing of an article that they intended submitting to the African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Sciences and Technology Education (AJRMSTE).

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  • Theoretical and Conceptual frameworks for research
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Supervision of research studies
  • Collaboration with research stake-holders
  • Chapters completed and in progress
  • Publication of research
  • Poster to showcase their work



The RS embodies collaboration. The majority of South African tertiary institutions have sent doctoral students, as well as many students from institutions in the Southern African region. Senior researchers from all over the world have been invited as facilitators for the Research School, helping to expand networks for academics and students in the SAARMSTE region.

Read feedback and reflections from past international facilitators here.



  • A challenge for the RS every year is catering for the diverse audience of supervisors and students at various stages of their research
  • Finance to sustain the RSs


Past Research Schools

Year Venue Organised by
2003 Midrand, Gauteng Beverley Damonse,
2004 Embekweni Eastern Cape Tulsi Morar
2005 Mykonos, Western Cape Lorna Holtman
2006 Rustenburg, North West Hercules Nieuwoudt
2007 Salt Rock, KwaZuluNatal Angela James
2008 Pretoria, Gauteng Annemarie Hattingh
2009 Maputo, Mozambique Danielle Huillet
2010 Haga Haga Eastern Cape John Mammen
2011 Pretoria Gauteng Thomas Sedumedi
2012 Howick, KwaZuluNatal Marc North
2013 Goudini,  Western Cape Zena Scholtz
2014 Bloemfontein, Free State Benedict Khoboli
2015 Heia Safari Lodge, Gauteng Elizabeth Mavhunga & Patrick Barmby
2016 Mpekweni Beach Resort, Eastern Cape Carolyn Stevenson-Milln
2017 Bakgatia Resort/Pilanesburg, North West Percy Sepeng
2018 Stellenbosch University, Centre for Pedagogy Mda Ndlovu
2019 Future Africa Centre, Mamelodi Campus, University of Pretoria Kgadi Mathabathe