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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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Singh, R. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Research papers take a long time to write and in an academic environment where the "publish or perish" clause applies, writing retreats are a way of creating time and space to write academic articles in a concentrated period of time. This article examines ways in which academics can write more articles for publication. In particular it…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Educational Environment, College Faculty, Research Papers (Students)
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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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Kibirige, I. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The purpose of this study is to determine the attitude of in-service science teachers towards information communication technology (ICT) in education. The study explores the relationship between in-service teachers and four independent variables: their attitudes toward computers; their cultural perception of computers; their perceived computer…
Descriptors: Computer Attitudes, Access to Computers, Science Teachers, Teaching Experience
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Kibirige, I. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Reading ability is fundamental to teaching and learning (AFT 2004). This study assessed the reading ability of 25 in-service science educators at the University of Limpopo for three science texts: Grades 7, 8 and 9, using a cloze test and exploring materials that educators read. The scores were categorised as being independent, instructional and…
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Middle Schools, Reading Improvement, Interviews
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Mabasa, L. T. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Discipline in schools has become a serious issue in South Africa; as in other countries. Several attempts have been made to improve learner discipline as a foundation of the current education system. These included the formulation of the South African Schools Act which provides a framework within which discipline, values and human rights are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Discipline
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Modipane, M. C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This study reports on the initial experiences of first entering students at the University of Limpopo registered for 2010 Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.). I argue the initial experiences of first entering students at universities have implications for how they cope with studies and could lead to some dropping out. I place my argument within the…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, School Holding Power, Higher Education
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Themane, M. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
How we conceive what a curriculum is or not determines how we theorise, practice and define it. There are two conceptions of a curriculum: the narrow view and the broad view. This article sets out to demonstrate how these two views are developed. This demonstration is drawn from the recent reviews by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC)…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Evaluation Criteria, Interviews, Semi Structured Interviews
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Ogunniyi, M. B. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The mandate of the new South African curriculum for educators to enact a science-indigenous knowledge curriculum in their classrooms is not only challenging to their cosmological beliefs, it is equally challenging to their instructional practices. This is because science educators (teachers) in South Africa have been schooled largely in western…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Teachers, World Views
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Stears, M.; James, A.; Good, M-A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The research reported here investigates the efficacy of a module in an Advanced Certificate in Education course in promoting conceptual understanding in Astronomy. The research attempted to find out how teachers' understanding of astronomy concepts and processes change after completing this module as well as the reasons for such changes, if any.…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Scientific Concepts, Misconceptions, Education Courses
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van Schoor, W. A.; Potgieter, D. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Throughput and retention are important issues in higher education in South Africa mainly due to the stronger emphasis on accountability from funding agencies like the Department of Education. This study, which is set in a distance education institution, was aimed at understanding why students cancel courses early on in the academic year. A…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Financial Problems, Distance Education, Course Selection (Students)
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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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Wood, L. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Although much has been written on the need to integrate HIV into tertiary education programmes, very little research has been done in terms of how it should be done. This article will report on the first phase of a larger action research project designed to research, develop and evaluate best practices for the transformation of the curricula of…
Descriptors: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Action Research, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Teacher Attitudes
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Erwee, R.; Albion, P.; van Rensburg, H.; Malan, R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
To enhance research into revitalising supervisory practices, the aim of this study is to identify approaches of supervisors to mentoring and facilitating doctoral students' progress. Scenarios were created to describe typical situations that supervisors face, namely non-responsive students, dealing with students with low English language…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Language Proficiency, Graduate Students
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