Prof Ina Joubert, who is a member of the World Education Research Association and serves on the management committee of the South African Research Association of Early Childhood Education (SARAECE). She has been a school principal, a lecturer and senior lecturer in distance education, an associate professor and now a head of the Department of Early Childhood Education.
She won for the best PhD presentation (2006) at the Faculty of Education, Research Indaba and has also won two Deans Awards (2010) as well as two Teaching Innovation Awards (2006 & 2010).
She specialises in democratic citizenship education and the language education of the young child and has published articles on her research in these fields in accredited national and international journals. She has published a total of 12 books and also numerous chapters in these fields, on children's experiences of their citizenship in democratic South Africa and assessment practices at higher education institutions.
Prof Joubert has mentored 17 postgraduate students to the completion of their studies over the past 10 years, in the fields of democratic citizenship education and language education in the Foundation Phase. Some of the students who completed their degrees under her supervision have excelled in their careers.