Prof Hasina Ebrahim
Honorary Professor
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Short CV

Personal information:    Associate Professor Hasina Banu  Ebrahim

Discipline Leader: Early Childhood Foundation Phase Education

Work Experience




1. KZN Department of Education

Foundation Phase Teacher

01/1986 to 12/1999


Head of Department Foundation Phase


01/2000 to 01/2002

2. University of KwaZulu-Natal

Lecturer – Discipline Leader - Early Childhood and Foundation Phase Studies

2/2002 to 12/2010

3 University of KwaZulu-Natal

Honorary Associate Professor

2012 to 2014

4 . University of Free State


Associate Professor Early Childhood and Foundation Phase Education

1/2011 to date


Publications shortlist

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Ebrahim, HB,Martin, C, Koen, MP, Olivier, M & Van Zyl E. (2014 in press). Teacher educators conceptions of teaching and learning in the early years. South African Journal of Higher Education. (29),5.
  • Muthukrishna N & Ebrahim HB (2014) Constructions of motherhood in the context of disabilities. Childhood. Published online DOI: 10.1177/0907568214524233
  • Koen, MP & Ebrahim, HB. ( 2013) Using real world learning in the Foundation Phase. Journal of Education Studies Vol 33. No. 3. 476-488
  • Ebrahim, HB. (2012) Tensions in incorporating global childhood into early childhood programmes: The case of South Africa. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. Vol. 37. 3. 80-86.
  • Ebrahim, H.B.(2012) Foregrounding silences in the South African National Early Learning Standards forbirth to four years. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. DOI: 10.1080?1350293x.2012.738869.
  • Ebrahim, HB, Koen, MP & Martin, C. (2012) Interrogating the current imagination of early childhood teacher education through dialogical processes. Communitas. Vol. 17. 101-115.
  • Ebrahim, H.B. Verbeek,C & Mashiya, J.N. (2011). Enabling roles for teacher agency: Insights from the Advanced Certificate for Education (Foundation Phase). Perspectives in Education, 29, 4.
  • Declerq, B, Ebrahim HB, Koen, M., Martin,C., Van Zyl, E., Daries, G., Olivier,M.,Venter R., Ramabenyane, J., Sibeko, L.&Sibeko , L (2011). Levels of well-being and involvement in centre-based provision for birth to four years in the Free State in South Africa. South African Journal of Childhood Education. Vol1.2.1-15.
  • Ebrahim, HB. (2011) Children as agents in early childhood education. Education as Change. Vol 15. 1. 121-131.


Book chapters

  • Ebrahim HB. (2013) Professionalisation of early childhood practitioners in South Africa. Georgeson, J. (Ed). International perspectives in early care and education. London: Open University Press/ McGraw Hill.
  • Ebrahim, HB. (2012). Emerging models for ECD from birth to four in South Africa. In Papatheordorou, T. Debates on early childhood policy and practice. Global snapshots of pedagogical thinking and encounters. London, Routledge.
  • James, M & Ebrahim, HB ( 2012) Pedagogic activities for early education in a child to child programme in South Africa. In Papatheodorou, T. & Moyles, J. (Eds.)Crossculturalperspectives on early childhood, London: Routledge
  • Ebrahim, HB & Penn, H. (2012).Research on early childhood in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Halai, A & Williams, D (Eds).Researching Methodologies in the South. Oxford University Press: Pakistan.


Areas of interest or expertise

  • Early Childhood Care and Education Practice and Policy
  • Teacher Development in Early Childhood Education

Modules taught

  • Preschool Learning Environment and Structure
  • Preschool Physical and Health Education
  • Foundation Phase Learning Environment
  • Learning Problems and Remedial Actions

Community service

  • President of the South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education (SARAECE)
  • Co-editor ofthe South African Journal for Childhood Education
  • Memberof the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Early Childhood Research
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Early Years – AnInternational Journal of Research and Development
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal.
  • Member and country co-ordinator for the European Early Childhood Research Association
  • Member of the Global Network for Childhood Studies





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