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Norodien-Fataar, N. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This article focuses on the reflexive deliberations of student mentors during an e-mentoring programme at a South African university. Based on semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with student mentors, located in a number of different student residences, this article examines how they engage with their learning and use…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mentors, Computer Mediated Communication, College Students
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Rapetsoa, J. M.; Singh, R. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This study investigated the challenges that history learners in rural black schools are faced with during assessments when using English as the language of learning and teaching. The aim of the study was to investigate whether English, which is used as a language of learning and teaching in schools, is a barrier to the learning and teaching of…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, English (Second Language), Learning Processes, Language Proficiency
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van Schalkwyk, S.; Young, G.; Ruiters, J.; Farmer, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
At Stellenbosch University all first-year students complete an assessment task during the first six weeks of the academic year. Results are made available online to students and staff almost immediately and in response various student support interventions and enhanced learning opportunities are made available to students who are identified as…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Interviews, Focus Groups, Intervention
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Ivala, E.; Gachago, D. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This work investigates the promise of Facebook and blogs for enhancing students' levels of engagement in learning. This issue warrants investigation because there is little published empirical work on the subject. The researchers applied a learning ecology perspective to study the potential of Facebook and blogs in enhancing student levels of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing
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Oduaran, A. B. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This article reports on the relationship between seven factors that described dimensions of education service quality and overall service quality on one hand, and students' satisfaction with the professional teacher development programmes by distance mode in a South African University on the other. We sought to find out whether students enrolled…
Descriptors: Participant Satisfaction, Continuing Education, Predictor Variables, Correlation
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Mudhovozi, P. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
A survey was conducted to analyse perceived stress, coping resources and life satisfaction among university students at an institution of higher learning. Seventy-three students randomly selected from third year Social Sciences class participated in the study. A self-report questionnaire was administered to the participants. The results showed…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Life Satisfaction, Social Sciences, Coping
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Ndlovu, M. C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine in-service students' perceptions of the effectiveness of the Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) programme offered by Stellenbosch University, South Africa, in preparing them to be confident teachers of Mathematical Literacy, Life Sciences or Physical Sciences in the Further Education and Training…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Program Effectiveness
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Steyn, M. G.; Harris, T.; Hartell, C. G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The purpose of this research project was to explore how Black students perceive the reasons for the low enrolment of Black students in the Foundation Phase teacher education and training programmes at universities. Focus groups and follow up small group interviews were conducted to explore the reasons why Black students choose Foundation Phase and…
Descriptors: Blacks, Student Attitudes, Focus Groups, Systems Approach
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Woollacott, L.; Simelane, Z.; Inglis, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This article reports the findings of an inductive study on the learning behaviours and language difficulties of a small group of English additional-language students entering a school of chemical and metallurgical engineering in South Africa. Students were interviewed in their home language. While they appeared to have had a reasonable grounding…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Academic Achievement, Rote Learning, Engineering
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Schulze, S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This study is framed by self-efficacy theory (SET). It aimed to determine successful research students' views of supervisory practices they had experienced. The research design was an embedded design. A questionnaire determined the views of 52 students in one college at Unisa on the support they received for successful experiences; the influence…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Supervision, Student Attitudes, Educational Practices
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van Biljon, J. A.; de Kock, E. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Supervision has been identified as an important factor in the success of postgraduate students, even as the most significant variable and a large number of studies have been conducted to identify factors that contribute to supervision success. However the dependent variable in these studies--supervision success--has been an elusive one to define.…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Supervision, Graduate Students, Language Usage
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Singh, S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
An inadequate number of suitably qualified and experienced supervisors, an increase in the number of students, uncertainty regarding the suitability of supervision and academic rigour in dissertations and theses make it difficult to produce quality graduates within the prescribed time-frame as stipulated by the Department of Education. By…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Intervention, Needs Assessment, Supervision
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Ellery, K. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Gross participation and throughput rates in higher education institutions in South Africa indicate an inequitable and poorly functioning system. This interpretive study argues for an approach that enhances epistemological and ontological access and examines how an intervention that includes an overt approach in dealing with the nature of science,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries, Epistemology
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Chikoko, V. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
This article reports on a study of how a group of first year M.Ed. students in the Faculty of Education of the University of KwaZulu-Natal experienced part-time study. Literature suggests that each year, South Africa suffers significant student departures from universities without completing their studies. Apart from the cost and manpower…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Dropouts, Coping, Foreign Countries
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Jordaan, Y.; Wiese, M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
Changes in the higher education landscape have led to many higher education institutions reassessing their recruitment and marketing strategies. A proper understanding of the relative importance of the choice factors that prospective students consider when selecting a higher education institution will enable higher education administrators and…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Student Diversity, Higher Education, Social Life
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