Ms Lolita Winnaar

DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
TELEPHONE: +27 (0)12 302 2326
EMAIL: lwinnaar@hsrc.ac.za

Mrs Lolita Winnaar is a Research Specialist in the Schooling unit of ESD research programme and holds a master's degree in population statistics cum laude. She is currently registered for her PhD at the University of the Western Cape. Lolita has extensive experience in the field of data management, and analysis. Her current responsibilities include project management, statistical analysis and report writing. She also has experience in the social sciences research field, particularly in the quantitative field. Her interest is in educational statistics; specifically in investigating the determinants of learner achievement using multilevel statistical techniques.

In addition, she has participated in and presented papers at various conferences and has articles published in a number of journals. She has also co-authored policy briefs using the TIMSS data.

Recent

TIMSS 2015: highlights of mathematics and science achievement of grade 9 South African learners

TIMSS estimates mathematics and science achievement and attempts to explain students' performance using contextual information. The TIMSS design also ....

TIMSS 2015: highlights of mathematics and science achievement of grade 5 South African learners

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an assessment of the mathematics and science knowledge of fourth grade and eighth....

Multiple technologies in rural contexts: lessons from school environments in Eastern Cape province

This report presents the key findings, and recommendations of the MERL Working Group for the Tech4RED following rigorous fieldwork between 2013 and 20....

Millennium Development Goal 6: combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 2015

The Millenium Development Goal 6 of combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, inlcuding TB, has targets and indicators and this ch....

Millennium Development Goal 2: achieve universal primary education 2015

The Millennium Development Goal 2 to achieve universal primary education has one target, which is to ensure that by 2015 children everywhere, boys and....

Millennium Development Goal 3: promote gender equality and empower women 2015

Great strides have been made in ensuring gender parity in the educational context. However targets related to the equalization of employment opportun....

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality 2015

This report provides measures and the status of and progress towards addressing country-specific challenges and concerns and leading causes of child m....

Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health 2015

This report assesses South Africa's progress towards achieving MDG 5, namely to improve maternal health as outlined in the millennium declaration. It....

Have we reached gender equity in mathematics education?: evidence from TIMSS South Africa 2011

This policy brief examines gender differences in South African education as documented in the 2011 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).....

Policy determinants of school outcomes under model uncertainty: evidence from South Africa

In this paper, we assess the determinants of secondary school outcomes in South Africa. We use Bayesian model averaging techniques to account for unce....

Understanding school effects in South Africa using multilevel analysis: findings from TIMSS 2011

Studies of school effect usually evolve around two major issues; understanding of the factors within schools that explain variation in students achiev....

Beyond benchmarks: what twenty years of TIMSS data tell us about South African education

South Africa has participated in a number of local and international educational achievement studies over the past 20 years. Their main purpose has b....

Improving learner achievement in South Africa: a policy proposition for a growth mindset approach to enhance learner support at basic education level

Knowledge of conventional factors influencing learner achievement mainly focuses on tangible factors, such as school resources, teachers' qualificatio....

Equitable language practices in large-scale assessment: possibilities and limitations in South Africa

This article is based on an HSRC study conducted for the Western Cape Education Department in which 75 000 Grade 8 learners were assessed in mathemati....

Highlights from TIMSS 2011: the South African perspective

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is cross-national assessment of the mathematics and science knowledge of fourth Grad....

Use what you have to get what you need: the appropriateness of TIMSS to appraise and inform policy

Education is a key priority in the country, and outcome one in the presidential delivery agreements. It is therefore important to use reliable data to....

Equality of access to sanitation in South Africa

Equality, fairness and justice are values embedded in almost all the policies developed since 1994 and this is understandable given the inequalities t....

Policy determinants of school outcomes under model uncertainty: evidence from South Africa

In this paper we assess the determinants of secondary school outcomes in South Africa. We use Bayesian Averaging Model techniques to account for uncer....

Further Education and Training (FET) colleges at a glance in 2010: FET colleges audit: May-July 2010

Between May and July 2010 the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) undertook, on behalf of the National Board for Further Education and Training (NB....

From informal settlements to brick structures: housing trends in post-apartheid South Africa

The housing subsidy scheme implemented since 1994 has changed the housing landscape and adequately sheltered more than 2.8 million households in less ....

The politics of housing

Housing in South Africa is a serious political issue around which communities have rallied continuously, accompanied by violent protests. CATHERINE ND....

Teach the parents well

Parents' participation in their children's school activities is an important facet of successful education. Children gain better scores and improve in....

South Africans at work: how satisfied are we?

Continuous tracking of work values and attitudes towards work remain critical given a concern to improve the quality of people's work life, write Bong....

Personal characteristics that predict South Africans' participation in activities of their children's schools

We investigated the extent to which personal characteristics such as age, marital status, education level, living standard measure (LSM), environmenta....

Mathematics and science achievement at South African schools in TIMSS 2003

Mathematics and science are key areas of knowledge for the development of individuals and for the social and economic development of South Africa. In ....

Millennium Development Goals: country report 2015

This is the sixth and final Millennium Development Goals report (MDGR), since the adoption of the MDGs in 2000, and it reflects on the achievements ma....

Safe and sound?: violence and South African education

This policy brief recommends that policies to promote safe and drug-free schooling environments be closely monitored and periodically reviewed so that....

Resilient learners in schools serving poor communities

Through the education for all initiative, a number of education systems have been able to provide access to their students at the basic education leve....

Multilingualism(s) and system-wide assessment: a southern perspective

Rapidly changing demographics challenge education systems everywhere. Multilingualism, in particular, brings challenges in curriculum, pedagogy and as....