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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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Fossey, A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Universities of Technology are mandated to provide career-orientated programmes preparing graduates for the workplace, doing research aimed at identifying societal and industrial needs, and finding solutions. Universities of Technology interweave technology with university endeavours; focusing on the know-how for the fabrication of things, and the…
Descriptors: Career Education, Biotechnology, Foreign Countries, Industry
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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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Govender, K. K. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The objective of this article is to develop a conceptual model aimed at improving the postgraduate research students' experience. Since postgraduate students "vote with their feet" an improved understanding of the postgraduate research service encounter may result in improving the quality of the encounter and so increasing throughput and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Student College Relationship, Organizational Climate
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Balfour, R. J.; Moletsane, R.; Karlsson, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Knowledge generation over the decade 1995-2004 in South Africa, and its relationship to the changing nature of socio-economic landscapes, suggests an ever closer relationship between the research produced in higher education, and its social and scientific purposes. These have been identified largely by the State through its regulatory frameworks,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Racial Segregation, Foreign Countries, Educational Research
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Karlsson, J.; Pillay, G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
In 2004 the universities of Durban-Westville and Natal merged as part of the national restructuring of higher education in South Africa. These institutions' faculties and schools of education were, arguably, centres of excellence for research in adult education, teacher education and professional development, mathematics education and gender in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Student Research, Graduate Students
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Bengesai, A. V.; Goba, B. B.; Karlsson, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This article examines the discourses of theses titles as postgraduate students name and frame their research. It does this by analysing the discourse, nature and trends of title construction in Master's and Ph.D. research titles 1995-2004 in all universities in South Africa. The dominant discourses are analysed using Foucault's approach to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Graduate Students, Student Research
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Goba, B.; Balfour, R. J.; Nkambule, T. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
It is widely known that there is a dearth of education research in South Africa which takes as its methodological basis experimentation. The emphasis has been on educators' and learners' experiential understanding in the first decade of democracy after apartheid, when qualitative research predominated. The article investigates, first, the extent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Statistical Analysis
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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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Rule, P. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) are the stepchildren of the South African education system in terms of resource allocation and public attention, and yet vitally inform the enterprise of lifelong learning and the prospects for developing a learning nation. The paucity of research on ECE and ABET, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Early Childhood Education, Adult Basic Education
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Nkambule, T.; Balfour, R. J.; Pillay, G.; Moletsane, R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Historically, rurality and rural education have been marginalised bodies of knowledge in South Africa. The post-1994 era has seen an emerging government concern to address the continuing interplay between poverty, HIV/AIDS, underdevelopment, and underachievement in schools categorised as rural. To address these concerns, scholars in South African…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Student Research, Graduate Students
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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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Beneke, J.; Beeming, C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This article analyses the direct effect of demographic variables on academic outcomes. The study concludes that ethnic group plays a pivotal role in determining the academic performance of students registered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management at the University of Cape Town. White students (presumed to emanate from a privileged…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, Disadvantaged, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness
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