Prof Annalene Van Staden
Position
Associate Professor
Department
South African Sign Language and Deaf Studies
Address
217
ETFB
IB 105
UFS
Telephone
051 4012954
Office
Stef Coetzee Building
Information

Short CV

Current Position:

Senior lecturer

Psychology of Education

School of Education Studies

Faculty of Education

University of the Free State

 

Research expertise:

 

My research expertise and areas of specialisation address issues related to language and literacy development (for first- and second language learners). More specifically my research niche focuses on cognitive- and applied linguistics.  

 

Below, is a synoptic summary of my most important professional research achievements. These include: NRF rating, supervision of post-graduate students, publications, and papers delivered at national and international conferences. 

 

  • NRF-rated researcher: C3 in 2011/2012;
  • Publications 2008 – 2015: four articles in international journals (ISI accredited); 18 articles in DOE accredited and/or peer-reviewed journals; and two chapters in books (one in press);
  • Papers delivered at international and national conferences: Since 2005 I have delivered 16 papers at international conferences and 12 papers at national conferences;  
  • Supervision of post-graduate students: Between 2006 and 2015, 11 PhD and/or master’s students successfully graduated under my supervision and/or co-supervision. One master’s student submitted her thesis in October 2015 (is currently being examined). In addition to the above, I am currently supervising one post-doctoral student, seven PhD and ten master’s students.
  • Project manager/management: I have vast experience in project management and community-based research. Between 2010 and 2015, I managed two UFS/DOE community research projects; and in 2014, I successfully applied for the competitive NRF research grant for rated researchers (CPRR, grant number 87728), which is currently in its second-year cycle.

 

Publications (the last four years – see CV for detailed information): 

ISI-accredited journals

           

Van Staden, A. (2013). An evaluation of an intervention using sign language and multi-sensory coding to support word learning and reading comprehension of deaf signing children, Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 29(3): 305-328.

 

Van Staden, A. (2011). Put reading first: Positive effects of direct instruction and scaffolding for ESL learners struggling with reading. Perspectives in Education, 29(4):10-21. ISSN 0258-2236.

 

Van Staden, A. (2010). Comparing native-signing, late-signing and orally trained deaf children’s ‘theory of mind’ abilities. South African Journal of Psychology, 40(1):97-106. ISSN 0081-2463.

 

Van Staden, A. & Le Roux, N.A. (2010). The efficacy of fingerspell coding and visual imaging techniques in improving the spelling proficiency of deaf signing elementary-phase children: A South African case study. Journal of Developmental and Physical disabilities, 22(6):581-594. DOI 10.1007/s10882-010-9196-y.

 

DoE accredited and peer-reviewed articles (including peer-reviewed conference proceedings):

Tolmie, A. & van Staden, A. (2015). Lees- en spellingagterstande van leerders met serebrale  gestremdhede: Interaksie van werkgeheue, fonologiese prosessering en visueel-ruimtelike aspekte tot leer. Journal for Language Teaching, 49(1); 11-31.

Van Staden, A. & Kitching, A. (2015). Exploring occupational stress amongst primary school teachers: a South African case study. Conference proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, pp. 7925-7931. ISBN: 978-84-606-8243-1; ISSN: 2340-1117.

 

Van Staden, A. & Tolmie, A. (2015). Visual perceptual and working memory training to develop reading and spelling competency amongst elementary phase children with cerebral palsy. Conference proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, pp. 8000-8008. ISBN: 978-84-606-8243-1; ISSN: 2340-111).

 

Van Staden, A., Jeftha, N. & Serrano, F.  (2015). Challenges facing emergent bilingual learners’ English literacy development in South Africa and Spain, pp. 4675-4683. Conference Proceedings of the 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, INTED2015, Madrid, Spain. (ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7; ISSN: 2340-1079).

Eksteen, L., Van Staden, A. & Tolmie, A. (2015). Early intervention for first-grade students at risk for developing mathematical learning difficulties: exploring the role and inter-relatedness of cognitive factors, visual perceptual and early numeracy skills, pp. 4741-4748. Conference Proceedings of the 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, INTED2015, Madrid, Spain. (ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7; ISSN: 2340-1079).

 

Van Staden, A., Tumo, M., Tolmie, A., Vorster, E. & Swart, E. (2014). Visual imagery to enhance L2 spelling proficiency: a case study of L2 spellers in Lesotho, Southern Africa, EDULEARN Conference proceedings, pp. 4694-4699. ISBN 978-84-617-0557-3 / ISSN: 2340-1117.

 

Van Staden, A., Jeftha, N. & Serrano, F. (2014). Quality of language instruction and emergent literacy development amongst South African pre-schoolers: an Exploratory study, EDULEARN Conference proceedings, pp. 78-88. ISBN 978-84-617-0557-3 / ISSN: 2340-1117.

 

Van Staden, A., Jeftha. N. & Serrano, F. (2014). Exploring language and literacy development of English as a second language amongst early childhood learners in South Africa and Spain: comparative study, Proceedings of the Global Conference on Language Practice & Information Technology 2014 (GLIT2014), ISBN E-ISBN: 978-967-11768-6-3.

 

Van Staden, A. (2012). Optimising reading development in ESL learners: Positive outcomes of a South African literacy pilot project. International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 5(5):11-21.

 

Van Staden, A. & Griessel, D.J. (2011). Turning the tide on illiteracy: A search for early childhood language stimulation among Free State pre-schoolers. The Journal of Education, 52:59-90. ISSN 0259-479X.

 

Van Staden, A. (2010). Enhancing educational performance: Relating the experiences of postgraduate support teaching students involved in a community service project. The Journal of Education, 49:65-89. ISSN 0259-479X.

 

Van Staden, A. (2010). Improving Grade 3 learners’ spelling abilities through visual imaging teaching strategies. Per Linguam, 26(1):13-28. ISSN 0259-2312.

 

Chapters in books

           

Van Staden, A. (2015). (In press). Exploring the Quality and Inequality in the Literacy Development opportunities of South African pre-schoolers in Unity, Diversity and Culture, edited by Benjamin Voyer, Pawel Boski, Patrick Denoux, Bill Gabrenta and Christine Roland-Lévy.

 

Van Staden, A. & Badenhorst, M.G. (2010). Prerequisites for reading success among Sotho-speaking learners: The importance of mother-tongue instruction and phonological awareness skills. In Pappanikos, G.T. & Pappas, N.C.J. (Eds.), Horizons in Education, pp. 407-419. ISBN 978-960-6672-88-0.

 

Work-in-progress

 

Van Staden, A. & Tumo, M. (2015). (submitted). In search of effective strategies to develop reading comprehension: considering the ‘simple view of reading’ as foundation to support ESL readers in Lesotho, Southern Africa. Per Linguam.

Bruwer, B., du Plessis, T. & van Staden, A. (2015). (submitted). ’n Sosiolinguistiese en sosio-opvoedkundige evaluasie van die effektiwiteit van tweetalige en bilaterale onderwys vir laer-primêre dowe leerders in die Khomasstreek van Namibië. Litnet.

 

Conference participation (last four years, please refer to CV for detailed information)

 

International conferences:

 

Van Staden, A. (2015). Paper presented at the XII International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, 1-4 July 2015, Valencia, Spain; entitled: The value of multi-sensory coding and short-term memory training to improve the reading and spelling abilities of second language learners with specific learning impairments in South Africa.

Van Staden, A., Tolmie, A. & Taljaard, S. (2015). Paper (poster) presented at the International Journal Conference of Arts and Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, 23-26 June 2015, entitled: The effect of working memory therapy training on improving the memory abilities, cognitive functioning and reading/spelling skills of South African children with atypical patterns of development.

 

Van Staden, A. (2015). Paper presented at the 14th European Congress of Psychology, Milan, Italy, 7-10 July 2015; entitled: Advancing the cognitive and literacy difficulties amongst children with specific learning impairments and dyslexia via short-term memory and perceptual training: a South African case study.

 

Van Staden, A., Jeftha, N. & Serrano, F. (2015). Paper co-presented at the 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2–4 March, 2015; entitled: Challenges facing emergent bilingual learners’ English literacy development in South Africa and Spain.

 

Eksteen, L. van Staden, A. & Tolmie, A. (2015). Paper (virtual) presented at the 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2–4 March, 2015; entitled: Early intervention for first-grade students at risk for developing mathematical learning difficulties: Exploring the role and interrelatedness of cognitive factors, visual perceptual and early numeracy skills.

 

Van Staden, A. & Kitching, A. (2015). Paper (virtual) presented at the 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain, from  6–8 July, 2015; entitled Exploring occupational stress amongst primary school teachers: a South African case study.

 

Van Staden, A. & Tolmie, A. (2015). Paper (virtual) presented at the 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain, from 6–8 July, 2015; entitled: Visual perceptual and working memory training to develop reading and spelling competency amongst elementary phase children with cerebral palsy.

 

Van Staden, A., Tumo, M., Tolmie, A., Vorster, E. & Swart, E. (2014). Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 7–9 July 2014, in Barcelona, Spain; entitled: Visual imagery to enhance L2 spelling proficiency: a case study of L2 spellers in Lesotho, Southern Africa.

 

Van Staden, A. Jeftha, N., Serrano, F., Tolmie, A. & Swart, E. (2014). Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 7–9 July 2014, in Barcelona, Spain; entitled: Exploring the quality of early language stimulation and literacy environments among grade 1 children in South Africa.

 

Van Staden, A., Jeftha, N. & Serrano, F. (2014). Paper co-presented at the Global conference on language practice & information technology 2014 (GLIT 2014), Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia, 9–10 June 2014; entitled: Exploring language and literacy development of English as a second language amongst early childhood learners in South Africa and Spain: Comparative study. 

 

Van Staden, A. (2014). Paper presented at the 22nd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Reims, France, 15–19 July 2014, entitled: Exploring the literacy quality and inequality among South African pre-schoolers.

 

Van Staden, A. (2013). Paper presented at the 9th International Association for the improvement of mother-tongue education (IAIMTE), Paris, France, 11–13 June 2013, entitled: Meeting the literacy needs of South African pre-schoolers: Reality or Myth?

 

Van Staden, A. (2012). Paper presented at the Florence Multidisciplinary Conference, organised by the editorial board of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Piazza Della Calza 6, Florence, Italy, 19 - 22 June, 2012; entitled: Multiple effects of direct instruction and scaffolding for ESL  learners: A South African case-study.

 

Swanepoel, Z.I. & van Staden, A. (2011). Paper co-presented at the  6th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, New Orleans, USA, 11–13 July, 2011; entitled: Hope vs Despondency: Voices of adolescents in post-apartheid South Africa.

 

Van Staden, A. & Griessel, D. (2011). Paper presented at the International Conference on Research  Development  and Training in Early Childhood/ Foundation Phase Education, Potchefstroom, South  Africa, 1–3 February, 2011; entitled: Utility of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R) in  identifying early language development opportunities in Grade R classes in the Free  State Province – A  pilot project.

 

National conferences:

 

Van Staden, A., Serrano, F., Jetha, N., Swart, E. & Tolmie, A. (2015). Paper presented at the SAERA Conference in Bloemfontein from 27 – 30 October 2015; entitled: Utilising the ELLCO observational instrument to explore the quality of early childhood literacy development: A comparative study amongst first- and second language Grade 3 classrooms in South Africa, Lesotho and Spain.

 

Van Staden, A. & Griessel, D. (2011): Paper presented at the International Conference on Research, Development and Training in Early Childhood/ Foundation Phase Education, North West University, Potchefstroom campus, 1–3 February, 2011; entitled: Utility of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R) in identifying early language development opportunities in Grade R classes in the Free State Province – A pilot project.

 

Van Staden, A. & Swanepoel, Z.I. (2010). Paper presented at the3rd Research Colloquium: Education for Social Justice, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, 29–30 September, 2010, entitled: Social Justice for ALL learners: Critiquing the case of learners who experience barriers to learning.

 

            Van Staden, A. (2010). Paper presented at the EASA Conference. North West University, Vaal Triangle campus, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, 12–14 January, 2010, entitled: The value of creating real world practical experiences for postgraduate students in Support Teaching.

 

Van Staden, A. & Griessel, D. (2010). Paper presented at the EASA Conference. North West University, Vaal Triangle campus, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, 12–14 January, 2010, entitled: Improving the quality of early childhood language stimulation: A collaborative effort of academics, students and support personnel in the Free State Province.

 

Van Staden, A. & Griessel, D. (2010): Paper presented at the KENTON Conference, Golden Gate, South Africa, 28–31 October, 2010, entitled: Re-imagining and reshaping early childhood education: Closing the gap between research and practice.

 

Achievements:

In order to highlight the most significant student contributions that enhance my niche area, I list a few academic achievements of some of my post-graduate students:

  • In 2010, one of my master’s students (Ansa Tolmie) received a number of outstanding awards (including the Dean’s Medal and KOVSIE/ALUMNI Award) for her noteworthy contributions to research and an outstanding dissertation on dyslexic learners’ literacy challenges.
  • In 2012 another master’s student (Mirriam Tumo) received an award for the best master’s student in our discipline, Psychology of Education.
  • In 2013 we successfully applied for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for one of my master’s students, Nemize Jeftha;
  • In 2014 I successfully applied for additional funding to contract in a post-doctoral fellow working on the current NRF project, mentioned before.
  • Many of my post-graduate students have graduated cum laude since my appointment at th

FACULTY CONTACT

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Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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