Environmental education and teacher development : engaging a dual curriculum challenge
Inaugural lecture delivered September 2011
Prof Chris Reddy was born and raised in the suburb of Grassy Park on the Cape Flats where he still resides today. He attended the English Church Primary School and was involved in local sport, representing the Crusaders soccer and cricket clubs at junior and senior levels. After matriculating at Heathfield High School he commenced his tertiary studies at the University of the Western Cape, where he obtained the following qualifi - cations: Secondary Teacher’s Diploma, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science Honours and Master of Philosophy (Science Education). Subsequently he completed his PhD(Curriculum Studies)at Stellenbosch University. Prof Reddy served as a biology teacher at the Oaklands High School for more than a decade before taking up a position as a part-time lecturer/researcher at Stellenbosch University in 1997. He was appointed a full-time lecturer in 1999 and was promoted to senior lecturer (ad hominem) in 2003, to associate professor (ad hominem) in 2006 and to full professor in July 2011. He currently serves as the Chairperson (Head) of the Department of Curriculum studies, coordinates the Master of Education pro - gramme in curriculum studies, the Environmental Education Programme University of Stellenbosch (EEPUS) and serves on a number of committees in the Faculty of Education. Prof Reddy is a National Research Foundation-rated researcher and his research fields include teacher education (pre- and in-service), environmental education and curri culum studies. He regularly does presentations at national and international con - feren ces and has published and co-authored in all three fields with outputs ranging from peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, popular articles to research and tech nical reports. He was awarded research funding from statutory bodies as well as private foundations and funders, and co-ordinated a number of community outreach research and development projects in the Western Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Provinces. He has also served on the coordinating committees of national research projects in environmental education, regularly serves as an external examiner for higher degrees of other universities, serves as a reviewer for various journals and is on the editorial board of two international scholarly journals. Prof Reddy served as President of the Education Association of South Africa from 2008 to 2010.