Course Leader

the humble beginnings of Kutlwanong School for the Deaf in 1946.


History of sign language education

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The Course Leader is Dr Pieter Smal whose PhD research was conducted nationally at schools for the Deaf in South Africa. His doctoral thesis, awarded by the University of Pretoria, was the result of research into communication at South African schools for the Deaf. He is well equipped for the task and has the following qualifications, experience and involvement in the field of education of the Deaf:

University qualifications:

PhD: (Thesis: An Investigation into communication in schools for the Deaf: UP.)

M.Ed: (Dissertation: Organisational Behaviour in Education: UP)

B.Ed: (Educational Management: University of Pretoria.) (Industrial Psychology: UNISA).

South African Sign Language: (North West University.)

Relevant work experience:

Deputy Principal: Letaba School for the Handicapped, Tzaneen: 1986-1988.

Principal: Kutlwanong School for the Deaf, Rustenburg: 1988–1995.

Principal: North West Secondary School for the Deaf: 1995-2003.

Part-time lecturer: Training of teachers of the Deaf, UP: 1995–2000.

Deputy Chief Education Specialist: NW Department of Education: 2003–2015.

CEO: Development Institute for the Deaf and Blind: 1994 -.

External Examiner: Doctoral Students, University of Pretoria: 1995–2000.

Supervisor for a Master’s Degree in Psychology: UNISA. 2019-2022

Course Leader: SA Sign Language: Enterprises: University of Pretoria. (Current)

Presentations done at International Congresses on the education of the Deaf:

International Congress on Education of the Deaf: Tel Aviv, Israel, 1995.

International Congress on Education of the Deaf: Sydney, Australia, 2000.

Building Bridges International Education Conference: Wits University, 2004

International Congress on Education of the Deaf: Maastricht, Netherlands, 2005

International Mental Health Congress for the Deaf: Worcester, 2005

International Congress on Education of the Deaf: Vancouver, Canada, 2010

International Congress on Education of the Deaf: Athens, Greece, 2015.

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