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Luckett, Kathy – Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
This article reports on an analysis undertaken in the field of African philosophies using selected conceptual tools from Maton's Legitimation Code Theory (LCT). In response to calls by South African students for 'decolonising' the Humanities curriculum, the practical purpose of the analysis was to generate theoretically-informed guidelines for…
Descriptors: African Culture, Humanities, Educational Change, Curriculum Development
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le Roux, Kate – Teaching in Higher Education, 2019
As public universities seek to be locally responsive and compete internationally, tensions arise between expansion and equity, and between discourses of neoliberalism and social justice. This article focuses on how students navigate these tensions, and the implications for how they can act, interact and be. Norman Fairclough's three-level view of…
Descriptors: State Universities, Language of Instruction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Nel, Lindi; Fouche, Paul – Teaching in Higher Education, 2017
This study explored and described the experiences regarding clinical supervision of master's students in professional psychology programmes in South Africa. Four participants were purposively selected from four different universities. The participants engaged in reflective writings and in-depth interviews over a one-year span. Data were analysed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Career Development, Masters Programs, Clinical Experience
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Snowball, J. D.; McKenna, S. – Teaching in Higher Education, 2017
Internationally, classes in higher education institutions are becoming larger and more diverse. Support for "non-traditional" students has often taken the form of additional remedial classes offered outside the main curriculum, which has met with limited success. Sociocultural theories of learning argue that the potential clash between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Large Group Instruction, Economics Education
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Ellery, Karen – Teaching in Higher Education, 2017
Educational literature shows that students from working-class backgrounds are significantly less likely to persist to completion in higher education than middle-class students. This paper draws theoretically and analytically on Bernstein's ([1990. "Class, Codes and Control, Volume IV: The Structuring of Pedagogic Discourse." London:…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Education, Social Class, Higher Education
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Naude, Luzelle; Nel, Lindi; van der Watt, Ronel; Tadi, Florence – Teaching in Higher Education, 2016
Student life is marked by substantial growth in areas such as self-regulation abilities. In this article, the experiences of first-year Psychology students are explored through the lenses of the self-determination theory. Both content and thematic analyses were done with 79 students' reflections on the aspects they regarded as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Self Determination, Student Attitudes
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Hurst, Ellen – Teaching in Higher Education, 2015
South African higher education institutions, in line with international practice and as a result of the "social turn", are progressing towards mainstream academic literacy support for students. This shift has a political dimension in South Africa where, historically, disadvantage has had racial dimensions, in its departure from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Academic Discourse
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Hill, Lloyd; Meo, Analía Inés – Teaching in Higher Education, 2015
As in many other parts of the world, "academic literacy" has emerged as both a concern and a contested concept in South African universities. In this article we focus specifically on academic reading, which we argue is a relatively underemphasized aspect of academic literacy. This article is the product of reflections on academic reading…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Academic Discourse
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Naidoo, Devika – Teaching in Higher Education, 2015
Against the background of vast changes in doctoral education and the emergence of non-traditional doctoral programmes, this paper investigates the habitus of non-traditional PhD students at a South African university. Bourdieu's conceptual tool of habitus informed the study. In-depth and open-ended interviews were conducted with 10 non-traditional…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Graduate Students, Interviews, Social Capital
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Zeeman, Estelle; Lotriet, Marena – Teaching in Higher Education, 2013
The teaching of classical Greek dramas is integral to drama education at the University of Pretoria. In the past few years these dramas increasingly faced the danger of becoming "foreign"/irrelevant to modern day students. The introduction of performance practice to teach these dramas brought a whole new dimension to teaching and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Drama, Classical Literature
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Traub, Craig M.; Swartz, Leslie – Teaching in Higher Education, 2013
The issue of diversity in both physical and epistemological access to programmes in higher education is an important concern worldwide. In South Africa, as elsewhere, access to professional clinical psychology training programmes is extremely competitive, and there is an important imperative to diversify the student profile. Perspectives of black…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Higher Education, Access to Education
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Kapp, Rochelle; Bangeni, Bongi – Teaching in Higher Education, 2009
This paper is drawn from a longitudinal case study in which the authors have tracked the progress of 20 Social Science students over the course of their undergraduate degrees at a historically "white" South African university. The students are all from disadvantaged educational backgrounds and/or speakers of English as a second language.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Social Sciences, Longitudinal Studies, Case Studies
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Rollnick, Marissa; Davidowitz, Bette; Keane, Moyra; Bapoo, Abdool; Magadla, Lizo – Teaching in Higher Education, 2008
What is the connection between student success and their approaches to learning? Do learning approaches develop with university experience? We explored these questions by constructing profiles using a specially developed fixed response instrument and administering this to students at two similar South African universities. Groups consisted of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Profiles, Foreign Countries, Learning Strategies
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Bharuthram, S.; Mckenna, S. – Teaching in Higher Education, 2006
This paper discusses the implementation of a project in which a writer-respondent intervention was used to develop the academic literacy practices of students. Writer-respondent projects are based on the idea that detailed developmental comments and questions on students' draft writing can assist them in acquiring the peculiar norms of academic…
Descriptors: Intervention, Writing Assignments, Academic Discourse, Program Implementation
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Waghid, Yusef – Teaching in Higher Education, 2006
Postgraduate student supervision at the level of doctoral and masters studies can be enjoyable, frustrating and demanding. In this article I identify some of the challenging moments in postgraduate student supervision I have encountered over the past few years, focusing on the notion of learning as understood by some students. My contention, based…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Graduate Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Academic Advising