About Debbie de Coning
I have always loved learning and sharing that knowledge through my teaching.
Children who grew up in South Africa in the 1960’s and 70’s before we had television in this country, might have been lucky enough to have had bedtime stories read to them before going off to sleep. I was fortunate enough to have had a father who was a master storyteller, but often as I got older – I would ask for a General Knowledge quiz in lieu of that bedtime story. The ultimate nerd, you might say – a glutton for information and knowledge.
So, that gives some indication of my fascination with knowledge and current affairs. That fascination and interest has never really waned; the world of teaching, libraries and business schools keeping the attraction alive.
I have taught all ages – from Grade 1s right through to postgraduate MBA students in business school. Business students tell me I have a way of making complex concepts accessible to them. Surely one of the benefits of lecturing when coming from a teaching background.
After completing a B.Ed Honours at the University of Fort Hare (Formerly the Rhodes East London Campus) in 2005 I relocated to Johannesburg. I had spent sixteen years as a primary school educator, and used the move to Gauteng to enter the tertiary education sector.
It was while working in the library at a business school that I became aware of the phenomenon of the business students grappling with the challenges of academic writing and information literacy during the research component of the MBA degree. This inspired me to enrol for a Master’s degree in Education at Wits University where my research dealt with MBA students’ experiences of academic writing. I graduated in 2010 and continued working in the business school environment as an MBA Programme Manager.
In 2014, I returned to my roots in the classroom. My happy place is teaching Research Methodology and Academic Literacy to business students. In the research class my love of variety and current affairs can bloom. The diversity of sectors, professions, vocational knowledge and work experience students bring to the classroom and campus of a business school I find energising, engaging and fascinating.
This blend of experience, commitment as well as the love of teaching and knowledge is conveyed in the name of our educational brand – Oasis Learning. We serve as a refuge and provide a habitual environment for our stakeholders to be empowered to progress towards achieving their educational goals with clarity resolve and success.
One of my favourite and the most meaningful of quotes is by Viktor E. Frankl, who wrote:
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfilment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated; thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.”
University of the Witwatersrand (2010)
M.Ed. Tertiary Teaching
- Teaching Materials: Principles, Practices and Design
- Language, Learning & Academic Literacy
- Studies in Pedagogy
- Research – MBA Student’s Experiences of Academic Writing
University of Fort Hare – East London Campus (2005)
B.Ed. Honours Cum Laude
- Curriculum Development
- Education Leadership & Management
- Research – Approaches to multicultural curriculum reform