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/Prof L R Mberengwa
Prof L R Mberengwa

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Applied Education
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  • PhD, Human Resources and Family Sciences. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
  • Master of Arts, Gothernburg University, SWEDEN,
  • Back, Home Economics, Njala University, SIERRA  LEONE.  





  • Mberengwa, L. R. (1989). The integration of weaving in Zimbabwean secondary schools. University of Gothenburg, Department of Home Economics, Gothenburg. 81 pages.  ISSN 0284-5385.


  • Msimanga, S. H.  & Mberengwa, L. R. (2015). Strategies for healing from disfranchised grief: A case from Botswana. In J. Cacciatore and J. DeFrain (Eds.). The world of bereavement: Cultural perspectives on death in families. Pp.41-65 Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-13944-9.  (Also available online)
  • Mberengwa, L. R., Maundeni, T., & More, K. (2014). Domestic violence in Botswana: Factors which help women overcome the abuse. In S. Asay, J. DeFrain, M. Metger, & B. Moyer (Eds.). Family violence from a global perspective: Strengths-based practice and research. pp. 15-28.  Sage Publications.
  • Trivedi, S., Mberengwa, L. R. & Tsamaase, M. (2012). Parental involvement in the development of reading skills of preschool children. In T. Maundeni, and M. Nnyepi, (Eds.). Thari ya Bana:  Reflections on Children in Botswana, 2012, pp. 33-38. Gaborone, Botswana: UNICEF and University of Botswana
  • Mberengwa, L. R. & Mthombeni, F. M. (2012). Envisioning an African-Centric higher education Home Economics curriculum for the 21st Century. In D. Pendergast, S.  McGregor & K. Turkki. Creating Home Economics Futures: The next 100 years.  pp. 195-206.  Australian Academic Press: Brisbane. ISBN: 9781921513961.
  • Mberengwa, L. R. and Ntseane. P. G. (2011). Perspectives of Women Sex Workers about Street-Level Prostitution in Botswana. In (Eds.). Rochelle L. Dalla, Lynda M. Baker, John DeFrain, and Celia Williamson. Global perspectives on prostitution and sex trafficking: Africa, Asia, Middle East and OceaniaLanham, MD: Lexington Books. (pp. 3-16).
  • Mberengwa, L. R., Galeforolwe, D. and Silo, L. (2010). Cultivating sanitary habits among children: Insights from a study on school toilets in Botswana. Thari ya bana: Reflections on children in Botswana 2010. 31-35. UNICEF, Botswana Country Office.
  • Mberengwa, L. R. and Onyewadume, M. A. (2009). The role of women in managing stress in the family: The case of Basadi (Women) in Botswana.  In (Ed.) R. Esteinou. Construyendo fortalezas y relaciones familiars: un panorama internacional. Mexico: CIESA: Centro de investigaciones y Estudious Superiores en Anthropologia Social and Miguel Angel Porrua.   Pp. 207-230.
  • Olson, K., Bartruff, J., Mberengwa, L., and Johnson, J. (1999). Assessment: Using a critical science approach. In J. Johnson and C. Fedge (Eds.). Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education Yearbook 19. Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum: Toward a critical science approach. Peoria, IL: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. (pp. 208-223).
  • Vail, A., Mberengwa, L., Parnell, L. M., Kastl, R. M., Arner, J., McClelland, J., and Mileham, C.  (1999). Reflecting on change: New culture–New paradigm. In J. Johnson and C. Fedge (Eds.). Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education Yearbook 19. Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum: Toward a critical science approach. Peoria, IL: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. (pp. 259-283). 


  • Mannathoko, M. C. & Mberengwa L.R. (2016). Integrative approach to the Arts Curriculum in Botswana Primary Schools. IJSRE, 4 (12), 6116-6129. http://dx.doi.org/10.18535/ijsre/v4i12.08  
  • Bose, K., Mberengwa, L. R., & Monyatsi, P. (2012).  Parents’ perspectives on the need for professional development for early childhood teachers in Botswana. NURTURE Journal, Vol. 6, no 1, pp. 1-13.
  • Mberengwa, L. R.  & Mthombeni, F. M. (2012). Utilization of the Blackboard Learning Management System by family and consumer sciences students at the University of Botswana. Zimbabwe Journal of Technological Sciences, 2(2), 6-20. 
  • Mthombeni, F. M. and Mberengwa, L. R. (2011). Utilization of the Blackboard Learning Management System in Home Economics Courses: Experiences of online instructors at the University of Botswana. UNISWA Journal of Agriculture, 15(3), 267-276.
  • Marietjie van der Merwe, Mberengwa, L. R., & Lekoko, R. N. (2010). Community empowerment in Botswana: The practitioners’ perspective. Journal of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences, 38, pp.  12-22. ISBN 0378-5254.
  • Mberengwa, L. R. (2007). Family strengths perspectives from Botswana. Marriage & Family Review, 41, 1/2, 27-46. ISSN: 0149-4929   https://www.haworthpress.com/store/ArticleAbstract.asp?sid=7SGTGDMCSKQ99G6HMH4EDQR9X6386TT1&ID=105925 (Co-published simultaneously in J. DeFrain and S. M. Asay (Eds.).  Strong families around the world: Strengths-based research and perspectives. Pp. 27-46. Haworth Press, USA. ISBN:978-0-890-3604-9. https://www.haworthpress.com/store/product.asp?sid=QGCDBD0S572K9P2BD2WAB5RJH7490B66&sku=6066&format=print  
  • Mberengwa, L. R. and Johnson, J. (2004). Curriculum change in Home Economics education at Gweru Teachers College, Zimbabwe, 1975-1995. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 22(2). http://www.natefacs.org/JFCSE/v22no2/v22no2Mberengwa.pdf
  • Mberengwa, L. R. and Johnson, J.  (2003). Strengths of Southern African Families and their cultural context. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 95(1), pp. iv, 20-25. 
  • Mberengwa, L. R. and Johnson, J. (1997). Reflecting on future actions and issues teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in Zimbabwe and the United States: A comparative examination. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 15(2), pp. 61-70.
  • Mberengwa, L. R. (1997). Home economics or what? A historical perspective of home economics in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, 9(3), pp. 287-303.
  • Mberengwa, L. R. (1996). Follow-up study of graduates in the Bachelor of Education Home Economics Degree Programme. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, 8(2), pp. 78-99.
  • Mberengwa, L. R. (1990). Integration of weaving into the home economics curriculum in Zimbabwean secondary schools. Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, 2(3), pp. 274-286.


  • Mberengwa, L. R. & van der Merwe (2004). Holistic empowerment model for poverty reduction. Presented at the Adult Education and Poverty Reduction: A Global Priority conference held at the University of Botswana, 16th to 18th June. Available from http://www.gla.ac.uk/centres/cradall/docs/Botswana_papers/mberengwafinal_82

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