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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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Sikhwari, T. D.; Pillay, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Various studies have shown that the school system in South Africa is continually producing learners who are inadequately prepared for higher education studies, particularly schools in disadvantaged environments. The University of Venda (UNIVEN) is situated in an educationally disadvantaged environment. Most of the students who enroll at this…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educationally Disadvantaged, Study Skills, Program Effectiveness
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Woollacott, L.; Snell, D. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This article presents the findings of an exploratory investigation involving the direct assessment of the quality of abstract thinking of two cohorts of South African university entrants who had very good school leaving qualifications. The investigation was prompted by the observation of difficulties these students seemed to have had in a first…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Educational Strategies, Engineering Education, Engineering
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Singh, R. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Current trends in higher education learning and teaching focuses on the use of technology, integrated learning through "blended learning" and writing for academic purposes. This introductory article initiates the debate around the context of South African higher education teaching and learning. It does so by contextualizing the South…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Blended Learning, Foreign Countries, Information Technology
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Kaburise, P. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This article, first, identifies the reading characteristics of students enrolled in the foundation provision of the extended degree; then determines the responsiveness of the English curriculum to these characteristics and thinking on literacy development. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the language ability framework…
Descriptors: Language Aptitude, Student Placement, Reading Skills, Statistical Analysis
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Makoe, M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The use of mobile technologies in education has had a major impact on the pedagogy as known and understood by many academics in distance education institutions. Teaching using new technologies requires a variety of skills that are different from what most teachers are familiar with. Therefore, teachers need to be trained on how to use these new…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Information Technology
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Makondo, L. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This article submits that the calibre, attitude and mindset of lecturers/teachers in institutions of Higher Education need drastic improvement and change if academic excellence is to be attainable and sustained in the 21st century. This article builds on the observations by Makondo (2010, 263-276) that most university teaching staff members are…
Descriptors: Higher Education, School Holding Power, College Graduates, Foreign Countries
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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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Ntshoe, I. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This articles aims to demystify curriculum and pedagogical discourses and related practices of sectoral occupational fields and qualifications of universities of technology (UoTs). The article takes issue with the academic tradition which emphasises distinctiveness of UoT as a sector that should focus exclusively on applied knowledge that is fixed…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Higher Education
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Mthembu, T. Z.; Orkin, M.; Gering, M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Universities of technology (UoTs) achieve developmental impact through differentiated curricula, allowing graduates to undertake mid-level occupations in the workplace. This mandate differs from that at traditional universities in six respects: diploma-level entrants, labour market focus, workplace-oriented learning, applied research and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Teacher Attitudes, Labor Market, Sustainability
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Nduna, N. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
In an attempt to demonstrate the relevance of workplace learning (previously known as "cooperative education") in guiding student and curriculum development, this article presents findings from a research project on the current practice of workplace learning, drawn from an analysis of evaluation reports in a university of technology.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Workplace Learning, Cooperative Education, College Curriculum
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Bester, M.; Scholtz, D. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Transformation of higher education in South Africa has resulted in an ongoing need to reflect critically on the relevance and responsiveness of higher education curricula. This article describes two inter-related aspects of curriculum mapping, namely the mapping process and the mapping tool. Based on a case study of a career-oriented business…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries
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Hiralaal, A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The Durban University of Technology guided by the Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQC) identified e-learning as one of their objectives in the curriculum renewal process. To explore the impact of e-learning, blended learning, a combination of online and face-to-face interaction was implemented as a teaching approach in Accounting…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Accounting, Action Research, Student Attitudes
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Cekiso, M. P. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Widening access to higher education has meant an increasing need for flexibility in instruction and course design to accommodate students who utilize a wide range of learning style preferences. The purpose of this study was to identify the preferred learning styles of students and to plan instruction and course design accordingly. In addition, a…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Statistical Significance, Comparative Analysis, Gender Differences
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Gasa, V. G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The main function of prison-based education is to prepare the inmates for return to society. Many higher institutions of education that offer distance learning have opened their doors to accommodate prisoners who want to further their studies. Thus far, many prisoners have received bachelor's degrees from different higher institutions of education…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Academic Achievement
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