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Bitzer, E. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
Wenger (2000, 229) describes communities of practice as the "basic building blocks of a social learning system" since they are the "social containers" that make up such a system. By practising in academic communities, academics define with one another what constitutes academic competence and, for that matter, what constitutes…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Higher Education, Quality Control, Foreign Countries
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Berman, K. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
The premise of this article is that the visual arts can provide a valuable tool for social transformation. The application of this role of the arts in community-engaged research has revealed specific challenges for developing broader assessment criteria for evaluation. This article will explore a case study of a Fine Art Masters student's…
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Action Research, Research Methodology, Evaluation Criteria
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Snowball, J. D.; Antrobus, G. G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2006
In the debate surrounding the costs and benefits of having foreign students at South African universities, the financial contributions of foreign students to their host economies is sometimes cited. This article reports the results of a comparison between the economic impact on the Grahamstown economy of the spending of foreign and local students…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Economic Impact, Cost Effectiveness, Input Output Analysis
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Kilfoil, W. R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2003
This article reflects on the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at tertiary level, using the University of South Africa (Unisa) as a case study and the five stated goals of the NQF as the criteria for measuring the success or otherwise of the enterprise. A brief description is given of the initiatives at Unisa and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
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Cosser, Michael – South African Journal of Higher Education, 1996
Describes a survey of faculty members at the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) which investigated the extent of support for use of teaching portfolios, in addition to student evaluations, as a method for evaluating faculty for promotion, and based on responses, development of a profile of portfolio content and procedures for its review.…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Faculty, College Instruction, Evaluation Criteria
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Pretorius, E. v. E. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 1996
The University of the Orange Free State (South Africa) is testing effectiveness of group work with tutors as part of independent study modules. The method is based on an experiential learning cycle including pre- and post-testing, self-evaluation, reflective observation, active experimentation. Early indications are that most deficiencies of…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Techniques, College Curriculum, College Instruction