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Dr. Margaret Njeru

Dr. Margaret Njeru is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Riara University. She joined the University as a lecturer in the School in 2012. She holds a PhD in Education, Curriculum and Instruction (Language and Literacy Development) from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2009). She also holds an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Nairobi (1990), and a second M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A. (2007).

Dr. Njeru has a long history of teaching at the university level. She taught as an assistant lecturer and later as lecturer in the department of Linguistics at Egerton University, Kenya, from 1990-2001. She left Egerton university in 2001 and joined the University of Illinois to pursue her doctoral studies.

While at the University of Illinois, she taught Kiswahili and Global Studies as a Teaching Assistant. She also worked as a co-director for the Global Studies Initiative program in the same university during the period 2009-2010. She was a visiting lecturer for Kiswahili in the same university from 2010-2011.

Before joining Riara University, Dr. Njeru worked as a senior Lecturer in the faculty of Education at the Kampala International University in Dar-es-salaam campus for one year.

She has attended and made several academic presentations at both local and international conferences.
Selected Publications:

*Njeru, M.W. (2017). Mobile Open-Access Revolutionalizing Learning Among University Students in Kenya: The Role of the Smartphone. In M. Mills and D. Wake (eds.), Empowering Learners With Mobile Open-Access Learning *Initiatives (pp.171-192). Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishers.
Njeru, M. W. (2016). Teach Our Children in Their Mother Tongue. In M.M. Koster, M.M. Kithinji & J.P. Rotich (Eds.), Kenya after 50: Reconfiguring Education, Gender, and Policy (African Histories and Modernities). New York: Palgrave Macmillan
*Njeru, Margaret (March 21, 2016). Review 8.4.4 with Social Justice in Mind. Education News.
*Njeru, M.W. (2016). From Teacher-Centered to Learner-Centered Approach: Views from Primary School Teachers in the 8.4.4. Education System in Nairobi- Kenya. Riara University Journal of Education, (1), 203-16.
*Njeru, M.W. (2015). Parents as Participants in Their Children’s Learning: A Tall Order for Parents in Rural Kenya. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (Advocacy/ Policy), 58 (5), 368-371.
*Njeru-Mwenda, Margaret (2010). Raising Immigrant Kenyan Children in America: Academic and Cultural Perspectives from some selected families- based on PhD dissertation. Published by VDM Verlag Publishers (Germany).
Research interests: Dr. Njeru’s research interests include, among others: language, culture, technology and literacy development; In-service teacher experiences, and the role of parents in children’s learning.