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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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Bitzer, E. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Publications about postgraduate studies and the supervision address issues and concerns such as supervisory orientations and strategies, ways to handle postgraduate students, challenging postgraduate education practices, factors related to success in postgraduate studies, the benefits of advanced studies, transition to independent research and…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Supervision, Knowledge Level, Supervisory Methods
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Wilkinson, A. C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
In the light of viewpoints that pedagogy has been an obvious missing category in considerations of scholarly supervisory work, the author argues that the existing theory on the (more established) scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) may be successfully adapted to make it highly applicable to supervisory scholarship. Research supervision…
Descriptors: Supervision, Graduate Study, Supervisory Methods, Teaching Skills
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Picard, M. Y.; Wilkinson, K.; Wirthensohn, M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Quality research supervision leading to timely completion and student satisfaction involves explicit pedagogy and effective communication. This article describes the development within an action research cycle of an online learning space designed to achieve these goals. The research "spirals" involved interventions in the form of instructive…
Descriptors: Research, Action Research, Focus Groups, Supervision
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Bak, N. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
In this article, I examine three claims that in some senses can hinder the supervisory process rather than facilitate it. These are the claims that the relationship between supervisor and student should be a friendship; that students writing their theses should demonstrate "own voice"; and that students should choose supervisors on the…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Higher Education, Supervision
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Pillay, G.; Balfour, R. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Supervision might be understood as the provision usually by an academic to a student of either the expert guidance in subject knowledge or genre knowledge in relation to postgraduate thesis development. The Project for Postgraduate Educational Research (PPER) team members, in the course of their field visits, sought to interview supervisors of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Supervision, Student Research
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Molefe, S.; Bengesai, A.; Davey, B.; Goba, B.; Lekena, L.; Madiya, N.; Nkambule, T. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Students within academic research projects usually assume a role of supporting the academics/scholars who are undertaking those research projects. The students' identity in this case is regarded as research assistants, with minimal valued input to the project itself. With time, however, this identity may change based on the roles and relationships…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Graduate Students, Researchers
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Waghid, Y. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
In this essay I offer an imaginary of postgraduate student supervision focusing on sceptical encounters with the other. Drawing on the seminal thoughts of Harvard philosopher Stanley Cavell (1997), particularly on his ideas on "living with scepticism", I argue that postgraduate student supervision ought to be an encounter framed by…
Descriptors: Supervision, Students, Supervisors, Graduate Study
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Bitzer, E. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The challenges involving doctoral non-completion and a lack of academic or scholarly quality are not restricted to putting the blame on doctoral candidates themselves, their supervisors or the institutions where they enrol. As candidates carry huge responsibilities when entering doctoral studies, success can be associated with an array of factors…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Degrees, Models
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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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Bitzer, E. M.; Albertyn, R. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Increased demands on academics due to the changing work and higher educational environments challenge traditional approaches to postgraduate supervision. Supervisors often tend to follow the apprenticeship approach uncritically. Supervisors therefore need to be aware of alternative approaches to supervision and of the need for structured planning…
Descriptors: Supervision, Graduate Study, Supervisors, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship
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Maritz, J.; Jooste, K. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Without conscious will and engagement in critical reflexivity as a process of growth and learning in research, students remain unaware of their subjective biases and the effect of bias on the inquiry. A qualitative, exploratory, single descriptive case study was used to explore and describe the operationalisation of debriefing interviews and…
Descriptors: Interviews, Coaching (Performance), Case Studies, Qualitative Research
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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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Winberg, C.; Barnes, V.; Ncube, K.; Tshinu, S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Many postgraduate interdisciplinary research (IDR) candidates in the applied disciplines work across two or more traditional areas of study. Such candidates often spend considerable time on knowledge-building activities outside their home (or undergraduate) disciplines; IDR candidates venture into new fields and are exposed to the cultures and…
Descriptors: Student Research, Interdisciplinary Approach, Graduate Students, Masters Theses
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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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