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Prof. Richard tabulawa

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Faculty of Education

Languages and Social Sciences Education

Associate Professor

Location: Block 243 Room 108 or Block 221
Email Prof. Richard tabulawa

BA (Humanities, 1985) + PGDE (University of Botswana, 1986)

MEd. (Victoria University of Manchester (1989)

PhD (Education) (University of Birmingham, 1995)

Richard Tabulawa is Associate Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Botswana. He currently acts as Director, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Botswana. His areas of interest are pedagogy, education policy analysis, higher education, teacher education and the interface of education and globalization. Tabulawa received his BA (Humanities) in 1985 from the University of Botswana where he majored in English and Environmental Science. In 1986 he received from the same institution a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE.  In 1989 he graduated from the Victoria University of Manchester (UK) with a Master in Education (Med, Curriculum Development). He read for a PhD between 1992 and 1995 at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Tabulawa is the author of the book Teaching and Learning in Context: Why pedagogical reforms fail in sub-Saharan Africa (2013), Dakar: CODESRIA. He has published chapters and journal articles in a variety of outlets.

Tabulawa's teaching areas include the following: Geography methods; comparative education; higher education; curriculum development.

Prof. Tabulawa's research interests span the following areas: pedagogy; education policy studies; globalization and its intersection with education; curriculum studies; and teacher education.

Currently, Prof. Tabulawa supervises two doctoral students. One is doing a study on the state of geography in the Botswana school system. The other one is looking at the political economy of performance management system in the Botswana school system.


* Tabulawa, R. (2013) Teaching and Learning in Context: Why Pedagogical Reform Fails in Sub- Saharan African. Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA):      Dakar. ISBN: 978-2-86978-56

* Tabulawa, R & Youngman, F. (2017) The University of Botswana: A National University in Decline? In Teferra, D. (Ed.) African Flagship Universities (pp. 17-56). Chum: Springer Nature.

Tabulawa, R., Polelo, M. & Silas, O. (2013) The State, Markets and Tertiary Education in Botswana. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 11 (1), 108-135. Taylor & Francis.

* * Tabulawa, R. T. (2003) International Aid Agencies, Learner centred Pedagogy and Political Democratisation: A critique. Comparative Education (UK), 39 (1), 7-26. Taylor & Francis.

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