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Hlatshwayo, Mlamuli Nkosingphile; Fomunyam, Kehdinga George – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2019
A significant amount of literature on the student movement in South Africa is characterised by two limitations. Firstly, a significant amount of this literature is found in un-academic and non-peer-reviewed sources, such as social media, online newspapers, blog posts and other platforms. Secondly, some of this literature is characterised by an…
Descriptors: Activism, Student Attitudes, College Students, Higher Education
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Iwara, Ishmael Obaeko – Journal on Educational Psychology, 2019
Many countries have successfully used mutual educational and cultural exchange programmes to promote unity. South Africa has adopted similar approach as a social vehicle for influencing mutual appreciation. This study has documented students perception on the role of Buddy programme towards unity at the University of Venda using a survey design.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Cultural Influences, Student Attitudes
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Jeffery, David; Johnson, David – Research in Comparative and International Education, 2019
This paper explores the argument that to widen participation in higher education, educational institutions should bear a greater responsibility for students' learning. Central to this debate is the notion of 'academic support'. There are many perspectives on what works to scaffold student participation and learning but rarely are the perspectives…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Academic Support Services, Disadvantaged
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van Jaarsveldt, Lisa C.; de Vries, Michiel S.; Kroukamp, Hendri J. – Teaching Public Administration, 2019
The decolonialisation of the higher education curriculum and free higher education were two of the burning issues during student protests that erupted across universities in South Africa at the end of 2015. Although the president announced free higher education in December 2017, the country can scarcely afford it, with many universities already…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Foreign Policy, Social Action
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Joffe, Avril – Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 2019
This paper discusses the pedagogical responses of the Wits University Cultural Policy and Management Department to the needs of our students in the postcolonial context of South Africa. It reviews the challenges experienced by our postgraduate students and the resultant innovations in both curriculum design and learning and teaching practice.…
Descriptors: Management Development, Activism, Public Policy, Strategic Planning
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Mittelmeier, Jenna; Rogaten, Jekaterina; Long, Dianne; Dalu, Mwazvita; Gunter, Ashley; Prinsloo, Paul; Rienties, Bart – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2019
Much research in face-to-face contexts outlines the importance of early adjustment on students' higher education experiences. However, few studies have replicated this research in distance learning contexts to unpack the early multifaceted adjustments associated with studying in absence of a physical campus. This is particularly needed from a…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Adjustment, Distance Education, Undergraduate Students
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Pitan, Oluyomi S.; Muller, Colette – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Stratification, in the form of silent exclusion that is experienced by some groups of students because of the perceived low reputation of the university attended, and which the students have no control over, has been observed as a social menace that works against the concept of equity in education. To address this problem, a need exists for…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Reputation, Employment Potential, Experiential Learning
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Fomunyam, Kehdinga George – Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, 2018
Purpose: This study aims to examine six South African universities with a particular focus on the quality of teaching and learning. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative case study approach was adopted and data were mainly generated by means of open-ended questionnaires. The questionnaire was circulated to approximately 1,800 students and 746…
Descriptors: Universities, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Qualitative Research
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Stuurman, Sonwabo – South African Journal of Education, 2018
Higher Education in South Africa has been in crisis over recent years. University systems in many parts of South Africa have witnessed student protest, as well as ongoing violence, resulting in many campuses turning into spaces of violent confrontation between students and police. This paper examines student social activism in the higher education…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Activism, Student Participation
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Mampane, Ruth M.; Omidire, Margaret F.; Aluko, Folake Ruth – South African Journal of Education, 2018
The recent student unrest in South African public higher education institutions highlighted the call for the decolonisation of education across post-colonial countries. This research explored the construct of the "decolonisation of education" through the lens of students of different nationalities across Africa, their perspectives on…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Policy, Transformative Learning, Technology Uses in Education
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Xulu-Gama, Nomkhosi; Nhari, S. R.; Alcock, A.; Cavanagh, M. – Higher Education Research and Development, 2018
This article investigates students' understanding and students' experiences of access and success at a Higher Education Institution. There is a growing discourse around how students at Higher Education Institutions experience access and success. These discussions are imperative so that educational practices, university systems and processes as…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Access to Education, Educational Development, Pilot Projects
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Hamshire, Claire; Forsyth, Rachel; Bell, Amani; Benton, Matthew; Kelly-Laubscher, Roisin; Paxton, Moragh; Wolfgramm-Foliaki, 'Ema – Quality in Higher Education, 2017
University policies are increasingly developed with reference to students' learning experiences, with a focus on the concept of the "student voice." Yet the "student voice" is difficult to define and emphasis is often placed on numerical performance indicators. A diverse student population has wide-ranging educational…
Descriptors: School Policy, Student Attitudes, Educational Experience, College Students
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Bornman, Elirea; Potgieter, Petrus H. – Studies in Higher Education, 2017
Worldwide globalisation has led to the anglicisation of higher education. This is also the case in South Africa since the advent of a new dispensation. Whereas theorising and research on language issues in higher education focuses predominantly on instrumental functions of language, this study investigates the symbolic functions of language as an…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Higher Education, Self Concept, Indo European Languages
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Dunn-Coetzee, Munita; Fourie-Malherbe, Magda – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
Twenty-two years after apartheid South African higher education is still struggling with challenges around access, success and transformation. Stellenbosch University (SU), as a historically white university, is striving to become significantly better and different in terms of relevance and active role-playing. SU wants to prepare students to…
Descriptors: Social Change, Higher Education, Online Surveys, Student Surveys
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Oostendorp, Marcelyn – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
The transformation of higher education has been a pressing concern for policy makers and practitioners. This article provides examples of the transformative potential of assessments designed within the framework of a multi-literacies and heteroglossic pedagogy in an Applied English Language course at a South African university. These assessments,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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