Prof Sumeshni Govender
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Prof Sumeshni Govender has a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Psychology. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an Educational Psychologist and is a senior-lecturer and the acting Director of the Child Guidance Clinic (CGC) in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.
She has been with the Department for 13 years and her areas of specialization is childhood and adolescent behavior, inclusive and special needs education, HIV/AIDS and global coherence. Dr. Govender publishes l articles, presents papers at conferences and also supervises masters and doctoral research studies.
Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education – University of KwaZulu-Natal
Intensive Professional Certificate in HIV – University of Sydney
Doctor of Philosophy in Community Psychology – University of Zululand
Masters Degree in Educational Psychology.- University of Zululand
Honours (Psychology) – University Of Durban-Westville (Now University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Higher Diploma In Education – University Of Durban-Westville (Now University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Bachelor Of Arts – University of Zululand
Childhood and Adolescent Behaviour
Inclusive and Special Needs Education
Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
Psychological Society of South Afica (PsySSA)
Educational Psychology Association of South Africa – EPASSA
Autism South Africa – AUTISMSA
Research Databases / Publications:
Jacobs, M.K. & Govender, S. Evaluation of the implementation of Education White Paper 6 in selected Full-Service Schools in KwaZulu-Natal. E-Bangi, 17(3), 86-103.
Horn, J. & Govender, S. Evaluating a grief programme offered in primary schools: An Appreciative Inquiry. (2019). South African Journal of Childhood Education. 9(1), a726. https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v9i1.726
Hlongwane, M.M, Govender, S., Makhubu S.S., Makhonza LO, Kent, D., Ochiogu S.N. Gumede, G. V., Nzima, D.R., & Edwards, S.D. (2018). African Centered Investigation Into Ways In Which Ubuntu Can Promote Social Coherence. Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems. (17)1, 53-66.
Edwards, S.D., Govender, S., Nzima, D.R. & Hlongwane, M.M. (2016). Investigation into Contemplating the Self in a Spiritual and Transpersonal Psychological Context. THEOLOGIA VIATORUM: Journal of Theology and Religion in Africa, 40 (2), 102-127.
Motala, R., Govender, S., & Nzima, D.R. (2015). Attitudes of Department of Education District Officials Towards Inclusive Education in South African Primary Schools. African Education Review, 12(4), Retrieve from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2015.1112129
Edwards, S., Nzima, D.R., Govender, S., Hlongwane, M.M., Kent, D., Hermann, C., Mathe, V., & Edwards, D. (2014). Phenomenological and Neurophysiologic Investigation into Contemplating uMoya (Spirit) and its Psychological Applications. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 24(3), 272-277, Retrieve from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14330237.2014.906124
Edwards, S.D., Govender, S., Nzima, D. R., Hlongwane, M. M., Thwala, J. D., Singh, A., & Mbele, P. B. (2013). Contemplating the Self: A Brief Phenomenological Participatory Action Study. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 23(4), 639-641, Retrieve from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14330237.2013.10820680
Edwards, S., Cramer, D., Kelaiditis, D., Edwards, D., Naidoo, N., Davidson, D., Thwala, J., Mbele, B., Siyaya, V., Singh, A., Tshabalala, P., Govender S., & Nzima, D.R. (2011). Neurophysiological, Phenomenological, Cultural, Social and Spiritual Correlates of Empathy Experiences: Integral Psychological and Person Centered Perspectives. Inkhanyiso. Journal of Human and Social Science, 3(2), 91-100.
Govender, S. (2011). An Investigation into the Extent and Nature of Bullying at a Selection of Private Schools in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Journal of Educational Studies, 10(2), 121-135.
Govender, S., & Nqadala, S. N. (2009). An Investigation into Barriers to Learning Experienced by Students at a Selected South African University. Journal Of Education And Career Development, 2(1), 38-47.
Govender, S., & Edwards, S. (2008). Appreciative Inquiry Into The Lifeskills-Based HIV/AIDS Programme In South African Schools. African Journal Of AIDS Research, 8(1), 115-122.