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Essack, S. Y.; Wedekind, V.; Naidoo, I. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The challenge of translating equity of access into equity of outcome with students from a differentially resourced secondary education system which may have advantaged or disadvantaged them in demonstrating their academic ability in the conventional matriculation/national senior certificate (NSC) examinations necessitated that Universities…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Advantaged, Disadvantaged
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Kaino, L. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the contribution of higher education institutions in achieving these have been emphasized. This study sought to find out the extent to which university-based researches on ICTs addressed and impacted the three MDGs of gender…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Economic Development, Educational Development, Structured Interviews
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Makunye, M. M.; Pelser, T. G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to explore reasons for academics' apathy towards formal professional development programmes at North-West University. The research design was essentially descriptive, employing both qualitative and quantitative research techniques to gather and analyse data. Three techniques, namely, questionnaire surveys, analysis of…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Needs Assessment, Statistical Analysis, Professional Development
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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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Tshuma, N. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
South Africa's higher education policies have opened up access to university for students from diverse backgrounds, with different learning styles, levels of motivation and levels of preparedness. This has necessitated a move from the lecture style of teaching to innovative teaching styles that engage the learners and equip them with skills to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Learning Activities, Cognitive Style, Foreign Countries
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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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Boughey, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
In response to perceived academic unpreparedness on the part of first year students, in the second semester of 2010 a number of departments in the Faculties of Arts, Commerce, Administration and Law (CAL), and Science at the University of Zululand (Unizulu) opted to use the Department of Higher Education and Training's Teaching Development Grant…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Academic Support Services, Feedback (Response)
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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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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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Loji, K. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Problem solving skills and abilities are critical in life and more specifically in the engineering field. Unfortunately, significant numbers of South African students who are accessing higher education lack problem solving skills and this results in poor academic performance jeopardizing their progress especially from first to second year. On the…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods, Engineering
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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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Mthembu, T. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The South African Technology Network (SATN) would like to thank the Editor of the "South African Journal of Higher Education" (SAJHE) for the opportunity to publish papers read at the 4th Annual SATN Conference that was hosted by Central University of Technology and held in Bloemfontein in November 2011. The journal makes it possible for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Curriculum Development
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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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