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Brits, H. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This study reflects on an institution of higher learning's study to determine the satisfaction and importance values of questions that relate to services rendered by the institution. This institution's Academic Plan and its teaching and learning strategies underpin theoretically socio-constructivism. This study was conducted from an invitational…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Research, Surveys, Reputation
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Dominguez-Whitehead, Y. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Strike and protest activity at South African universities continues to be prevalent nearly two decades after the dismantling of apartheid, although there has been a shift away from directing strikes and protests against the government (during the apartheid era), to directing them against higher education institutions and management (since the…
Descriptors: Strikes, Higher Education, Race, Democracy
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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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Rule, P.; Davey, B.; Balfour, R. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The Project Postgraduate Educational Research (PPER) data indicate that case study is the most popular methodology among South African education masters and doctorate students in the period 1995-2004. This article reflects on the reasons for the preference for case study by considering epistemological and contextual factors. It unpacks the links…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Case Studies, Research Methodology
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du Plessis, E.; Fourie, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
International trade in higher education services is one of the fastest growing tradable service sectors globally. Apart from the positive externalities international students create through knowledge mobility and spill-over, campus diversity, and local community development participation, spending by international students in the host city and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Case Studies, Universities
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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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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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Nundulall, R.; Reddy, K. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The problem explored is the relatively low research output at a merged Higher Education Institution (HEI). The re-landscaping of how HEIs operate, has impacted on merged institutions, especially those of a comprehensive nature, that are facing the challenge of improving research output. This article is based on research conducted for a Master's…
Descriptors: Interviews, Human Resources, College Faculty, Deans
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Bitzer, E. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
Wenger (2000, 229) describes communities of practice as the "basic building blocks of a social learning system" since they are the "social containers" that make up such a system. By practising in academic communities, academics define with one another what constitutes academic competence and, for that matter, what constitutes…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Higher Education, Quality Control, Foreign Countries
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Fataar, A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
This article is a discussion of the educational being and becoming of university students. It focuses on the reflexive adaptations of a group of teacher education students at a South African university. I consider some key processes related to their formal epistemological induction into their professional becoming as teachers. Based on a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Logical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Professional Education
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Chweu, G.; Schultz, C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
Higher education institutions are facing challenges with regard to improving the success and pass rate of students. Mentorship in the life skills programmes should contribute significantly in addressing these issues. A study was undertaken to determine students' perceptions of the life skills programme at the Tshwane University of Technology. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mentors, Student Attitudes, Factor Analysis
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Hugo, W. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
Recent South African meditations on the complex nature of post graduate supervision and teaching by Fataar (2005) and Waghid (2005; 2007) provide excellent accounts of the dialogic space between lecturer/supervisor and student. However, these accounts need to be supplemented by an explicit discussion of the broader academic communities of practice…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Apprenticeships
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Geertsema, J. C.; van Niekerk, F. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
Universities worldwide experience continual change in order to achieve what is perceived as improvement. In these changes, there is usually an emphasis on the research function of a university, and the literature contains a number of themes in this regard. We contribute by presenting a detailed case study of a non-research-intensive university…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Organizational Change, Educational Improvement
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Watson, M.; McMahon, M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
In the context of a rapidly transforming society, the present article discusses issues facing career counselling in higher education in South Africa. Using the Systems Theory Framework of career development, the article considers the multi-levelled and multi-layered national and international context in which the challenges facing career…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Systems Approach, Foreign Countries, Career Development
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Jawitz, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
A study into how academics learn to assess student performance affirms the significance of context in understanding learning in the academic workplace. The study involved three case studies in academic departments with significant differences in the teaching, research and professional dimensions of academic life. This article reports on the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Educational Environment, Work Environment
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