Dr Aaron Sigauke

Lecturer, Social Science Education - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Education

Aaron Sigauke

Phone: +61 2 6773 3885

Email: a.sigauke@une.edu.au


Aaron is a member of the Social Science Education team in the School of Education.

Aaron started his teaching career in 1979 after training as a high school teacher in Zimbabwe. In 1994 he was appointed lecturer at the United College of Education (UCE), a teacher training college in the same country. He moved to the Midlands State University (MSU) in Zimbabwe in 1998 joining the Faculty of Education as lecturer. In 1999 he was appointed lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) until 2005 when he received a PhD studentship from the University of Aberdeen (UK) and, in the same year, embarked on studies at that university. During his studies he was involved in part-time teaching at the same institution and graduated with a PhD in 2009. He took up a two-year full-time Teaching Fellowship contract at the University of Aberdeen. In 2012 he joined the University of New England (UNE) NSW, Australia.


PhD (Citizenship Education) University of Aberdeen
M. Ed. (Sociology of Education) University of Zimbabwe
Adv. Dip. Ed. (Sociology of Education) University of London
B. Ed. University of Zimbabwe (Geography & Sociology of Education)
Secondary Teacher Certificate in Education, Zimbabwe

Teaching Areas

  • EDSS312: Secondary Education: Society and Environment Curriculum 2
  • EDSS323: Secondary Education: Geography
  • EDSS327: Secondary Education: Studies of Religion
  • EDSS375: Secondary Education: Religious Education
  • EDSS279/379: Primary Education: Society and Environment Teaching
  • Higher Degree Research (HDR) Student Supervision

Research Interests

  • Young People, Citizenship Education and Social Justice
  • Education Policy
  • Social and Educational Inclusion
  • Adult Literacy: Empowerment of the Disadvantaged
  • Globalisation and Global Education


Refereed Journal Articles

Sigauke, A. T. (2016). Pre-service teachers’ views on civics and citizenship education in the social sciences curriculum at the teacher education level. Education in the North, 23(2), pp.75-97. Available Online at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/eitn

Sigauke, A.T. (2016). Ubuntu/hunhu in post-colonial education policies in Southern Africa: A response to Connell’s southern theory and the role of indigenous African knowledges in the social sciences. Postcolonial Directions in Education, 5(1), 27-53

Reyes, V., Masters, Y., Clary, D., Betlem, E. C., Jones, M. A., Charteris, J., Kivunja, C., Rizk N. & Sigauke, A. (2016). Writing for publication group: Professional development situated in the interstices of academia and performativity. Reflective Practice International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2016.1169170:

Sigauke, A. T. (2015). Children’s views on, and experiences of, physical and verbal abuse in schools: Two case studies of primary schools in Harare, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Educational Development in Africa. Vol. 2, No. 1 (2015), pp121-148 https://www.upjournals.co.za/index.php/IJEDA

Sigauke, A. T. (2013). Citizenship Education in the Social Science Subjects: An Analysis of the Teacher Education Curriculum for secondary schools. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(11).
Retrievable from: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol38/iss11/8

Sigauke, A. T. (2012) Young people, citizenship and citizenship education in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Educational Development. Vol.31 April 8, 2011 DOI:10.1016/j.ijedudev.2011.02.014 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738059311000411

Sigauke, A.T. (2011) Citizenship and citizenship education: a critical discourse analysis of the Zimbabwe Presidential Commission Report. Journal of Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. Vol. 6 Issue 1. March 2011 pp. 69 – 86 DOI: 10.1177/1746197910397913 http://esj.sagepub.com/content/6/1.toc http://esj.sagepub.com/reports/most-read

Sigauke, A. T. (2011) Teachers' views on citizenship education in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Citizenship, Teaching and Learning Vol. 6 Issue 3 July 2011 pp269-285 DOI:10.1386/ctl.6.3.269_1 http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=193

Das, S., Sigauke, A., Aderibigbe, S and Gray, D. (2010) Arts as a Tool for Learning Across the Curriculum (ATLAC) Final Report. Omvc Consumer Showcase Executive Summary Jan 4, 2011

Brown, J., Britton, A., Sigauke, A., Curtis, L., Priestley, A. and Livingston, K. (2008) Citizenship and democracy in Scottish schools: A policy review of the role of school management. Research Briefing Paper 4, Applied Educational Research (AERS), November 2008. http://www.aers.org.uk/aers

Sigauke, A. T. (2004) Examination mal-practices in schools: A case of five secondary schools in the Harare Region of Education – Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe Bulletin of Teacher Education. Department of Teacher Education, University of Zimbabwe. Vol. 13 Issue 1. July 2004, p52-72.

Sigauke, A.T. (2002) Adult Literacy programmes in Mashonaland Central Province commercial farms. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ZJER) Human Resources Research Centre (HRRC) University of Zimbabwe Vol. 14 No. 1 March 2002, p1-37.  http://www.uz.ac.zw/education/ZJRER

Sigauke, A. T. (2001) The role of the Adult Literacy Organisation of Zimbabwe (ALOZ) in the implementation of literacy programmes in Zimbabwe. Journal of Social Development in Africa. Vol. 16 No. 2 July 2001 p53-70. http://www.inasp.org.uk/ajol/journals/jsda/latest.html

Contributions to book chapters

Sigauke, A.T. (2018). Citizenship and Citizenship Education in Zimbabwe: A Theoretical and Historical Analysis. In Peterson, A., Stahl, G. and Soong, H. (eds.) (2018) The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education.
SpringerLink: https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007%2F978-3-319-67905-1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67905-1
Online ISBN 978-3-319-67905-1

Sigauke, A. (2013). Education in Zimbabwe. In Harber. C. (ed.) (2013). Education in Southern Africa. London, Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: HB: 9781441171498

Sigauke, A.; Mabejane, M; Shao, J. and Varghese, T. (1994) Exploring Low Cost Resource Materials for Science Teaching: Must Science be Expensive? Low Cost Practical Examinations.  In Whittle P., Gray, B.V., Hodzi, R. and Manana, L. K. (ed.) Innovative Ideas and Techniques for Science Educators in Africa. Cheltenham, England: International Centre for Conservation Education (pp 154 – 163). ISBN: 0 930 357 28 0

Yandila, C.D., Dediwalage, S., Mabejane, M., Musekwa, M., Otuka, J., Sigauke, A. and Varghese, T. (1994).  Using real-world resources for Science in real classrooms: Making Science lessons relevant by bringing the real world: Collecting and interpreting information: Skills and Processes. In Whittle, P.; Gray, B. V.; Hodzi, R. and Manana, L. K. (ed.) Innovative ideas and Techniques for Science Educators in Africa. Cheltenham, England: International Centre for Conservation Education (pp 199-205). ISBN: 0 930 357 28 0


Social and Citizenship Education Association Australia (SCEAA)

Editorial Board member of the 'Social Educator' Journal of the Social and Citizenship Education Association Australia (SCEAA)

Editorial Board member of the 'Educational Development Association Africa Journal' (EDAAJ)

Global Education Project NSW – UNE School of Education Co-coordinator

Further Information


University of Aberdeen Studentship: Funding for a 3 year PhD programme at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Grant from the Advanced Research Training Seminars (ARTS): Participation at the Seminar on Large-scale International Data sets for Research in Educational and Developmental Psychology: Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Various Grants and Bursaries for Research Network Projects, Global Education Research Project and participation at conferences: University of New England (NSW, Australia); University of Aberdeen (UK), British Educational Research Association (BERA), Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) and the International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS).

Invitational key-note lectures

"Primary Education for the 21st Century: Global Education Issues and Priorities": A Presentation at the Overseas Training Programme for PTI/URC Instructors in association with SRG Bangladesh Limited (The Bangladesh Project in Association with the School of Education, University of Aberdeen).