school and education




Dr Liveson Tatira

Chairperson & Senior Lecturer

D. Phil (UZ); M.A. African Languages & Literature (UZ); B.A (Hons) Shona (UZ); Grad. C.E.(UZ); PhD (Atlantic International University).

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Research Interests: Onomastics, FolkloreShona Literature


1. “The role of Zviera in Socialisation” in Chiome E.M et al (2000). Indigenous Knowledgeand Technology in African and Diasporan Communities. Mond Press, Harare.

2.“Proverbs in Zimbabwean Advertisements” in Journal of Folklore Research Volume 38, no 3 Sept-Dec 2000, Indiana University, USA.

3.A Comprehension Passage in Kodzero Book 4

4.“Beyond the Dog’s Name: A Silent Dialogue Among the Shona People” in Journal ofFolklore Research (41,1) Indiana University, USA.

5.“Shona Folktales: Towards a Developmental Interpretation” in Southern African Journalfor Folklore Studies, Volume 15 (1) 2005, South Africa.

6.“Ukama, Zvitendero neTsika dzaVaShona” a Chapter in Magwa and Makadho (2007)(eds) Uvaranomwe hwaVaShona, Gweru, Mambo Press.

7.“Kupfuma Kwayo Shona” a poem in Jakwara reNhetembo, Gweru, Mambo Press, 2008

8.“ An Experimental Study into the use of Computers for Teaching of English Composition Writing in English at Prince Edward School in Harare” in Zimbabwe of Journal ofEducational ResearchVolume 21 Number 1, 2009

9.‘The global political agreement (GPA) and the persistent political conflict arising there from : Is this another manifestation of the council of Jerusalem? In The Journal ofAfrican Studies and Development Vol. 3(10), pp 187-191, November, 2011.

10.Published 8 Shona poems in Mutakunanzva weNhetembo, Gweru, with Booklove Publishers, 2011

11.“Employing Group Method As a Way of Teaching: A Continuation of What Obtains in Society” in International Journal of Academic Research in Progressive Education and Development, vol2, Issue 1, 2013, ISSN: 276-6348.  

12.“Shona Belief System: Finding Relevancy for a New Generation” in the Journal of Pan African Studies,, March, 2014, pp 106-118.

13.“Beyond The Shona Names: Perspectives and Insights” In Africana, vol.7 No.1, June/July 2014.

14.“Traditional Games of Shona Children” In The Journal of Pan African Studies,vol.7, no4, October 2014.

15. “Shona Belief System: Finding Relevancy for a New Generation” in the Journal of Pan African Studies,, March, 2014, pp 106-118.

16.Tatira, L. (ed) (2014). Becoming an Effective Teacher. Harare: Benaby Publishers.

Published Books

1.Zviera ZvaVaShona. Mambo Press, Gweru, 2000. *NB The book title means Shona taboos.

2.The Shona Culture      Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, 2010.

 Book chapters and articles accepted for publication

1.“Teaching Shona Composition” in Ndawi, Nyawaranda and Tatira (2011) (eds) Teaching Humanities at Secondary School, University of Zimbabwe Publications

2.“The Teachers’ Records” in Tatira (ed) Becoming an Effective Teacher, Harare, Benaby Publishers.

3.“The role of zviera taboos in fostering Unhu” in Mapara and Mudzanire (2013) (ed) The Ubuntu Philosophy, Masvingo, Bhuku Publishers.

4.“Denoting HIV/AIDS: The Language of Stigma in Shona Language” in Journal ofSociological ResearchUSA, Macrothink Institute.

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