Associate Professor Charles Kivunja

A/Professor, Learning and Teaching - School of Education

Charles Kivunja

Phone: +61 2 6773 2005

Email: ckivunja@une.edu.au

Biography

Charles Kivunja is a member of the Learning and Teaching team. He is Course Coordinator of the Master of Teaching (Primary) Award and Leader of the Learning and Research Network. He coordinates and teaches the doctoral leadership unit: Researching Leadership in Professional Contexts (EDCX682), Masters Research Methods units, (EDRM590 and EDRM591), as well as second year Planning Lessons and Assessing for Active Learning (EDLT217/219) and a new Unit on Theories, Strategies and Skills for Best Practice Pedagogy in the 21st Century (EDUC206). He is particularly interested in qualitative research methodologies and is the Manager and Coordinator of UNE's Leximancer qualitative software. His research interests lie in foundational theories of learning, teaching and assessment (pedagogy), including multigrade pedagogy, and educational leadership, and he has supervised several doctoral theses to successful completion in these areas. Arguing that Learning, Teaching and Assessment should be treated as three pillars in a well-integrated pedagogy, Charles has written a book on this topic which has been published by Oxford University Press and its details are available through this link:

http://www.oup.com.au/titles/higher_ed/education/9780195596359

An area that Charles has developed substantially for some time now is the use of social media technologies in pedagogy in what he calls the New Learning Paradigm in which he advocates not only embedding social media technologies into pedagogy but teaching not just the traditional 3Rs but also the 21st Century Super 4Cs of Critical thinking and problem solving, Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation, and Communication. His publications in international journals on this and other topics can be accessed through this link:

https://e-publications.une.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository?exact=sm_creator:%22Kivunja+C%22

Qualifications

PhD (UWS) Pedagogy and Leadership
M.Ed.(UWS) Leadership
M.Agric. Econ.(USyd)
M.Sc Marketing (UNairobi)
B.A. Hons (UMakerere)
Dip.Ed. (UMakerere)