Associate Professor, Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Stellenbosch University

I am an Associate Professor in Higher and Adult Education at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. I have an interest in and commitment to dialogue and learning.

My research interests include adult education, lifelong learning, dialogue and dialogic pedagogy, emancipatory education and qualitative research. I have been involved in a number of non-governmental organisations concerned with disability and education, early childhood development, and language and education.

Selected publications

Rule, P. (2017). Nelson Mandela and Dialogic Lifelong Learning. In C. Soudien (ed.), Nelson Mandela: Global Perspectives of his Significance for Education. (pp. 31-44). Rotterdam: Sense.

Naidoo, J. & Rule, P. (2016). Teachers’ subjectivities and emotionality in HIV/AIDS teaching. African Journal of AIDS Research, 15(3): 233–241. doi:10.2989/16085906.2016.1190768

Nuwagaba, E.L. & Rule, P. (2015). Navigating the ethical maze in disability research in an African context. Disability & Society, 30(5): 255-269. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2014.998333

Rule, P. (2015). Dialogue and boundary learning. Rotterdam: Sense.

Rule, P. & John, V. (2011). Your guide to case study research. Pretoria: Van Schaik.

Rule, P. (2011). Bakhtin and Freire: Dialogue, dialectic and boundary learning. Educational Philosophy and Theory. 43(9): 924-942. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2009.00606.x


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Adult Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal


  • 2003 
    University of the Witwatersrand, PhD (Adult Education)