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Zelda Barends is a lecturer in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Her research interests are within the broader field of early childhood education (5 – 9 years), with a particular focus on aspects of reading literacy, reading teachers professional development, foundation phase teacher education and work integrated learning. Zelda is a member of the South African Research Association for Early Child Education (SARAECE) and her published research papers has highlighted teachers content knowledge for reading literacy as well as using work integrated learning to better prepare reading literacy teachers.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Stellenbosch University


  • 2016 
    North-West University, PhD Education Curriculum Design and Innovation