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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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Ndlovu, M. C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The purpose of this article is to report on a formative evaluation research study of a university-school partnership for mathematics and science education within a community engagement and social justice perspective in higher education in order to inform redesign and replicability. The partnership involved the school-based systemic intervention…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Social Justice, Evaluation Research, Intervention
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Ndlovu, M. C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The purpose of this chapter is to discuss how the idea of a Pedagogy of Hope is perceived, interpreted and realised at the Institute for Mathematics and Science Teaching of the University of Stellenbosch (IMSTUS). First some background information is given about the impact of the programmes which, it is argued, cannot be pinned to one Millennium…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Articulation (Education), Blended Learning, Technology Integration
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North, D.; Zewotir, T.; Murray, M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Research output affects both the strength and funding of universities. Accordingly university academic staff members are under pressure to be active and productive in research. Though all academics have research interest, all are not producing research output which is accredited by the Department of Education (DOE). We analyzed the demographic and…
Descriptors: Productivity, Intervention, Foreign Countries, College Faculty
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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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Khan, S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The purpose of this article is to report on empirical work, related to a techniques module, undertaken with the dental students of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. I will relate how a range of different active learning techniques (tutorials; question papers and mock tests) assisted students to adopt a deep approach to learning in…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Educational Research, Active Learning, Dentistry
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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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Frith, V. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This article presents a description of and motivation for the quantitative literacy (numeracy) intervention in the first year of medical studies at a South African university. This intervention is a response to the articulation gap between the quantitative literacy of many first-year medical students and the demands of their curriculum.…
Descriptors: Medical Education, Medical Students, Intervention, Numeracy
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Kapp, C. A.; Albertyn, R. M.; Frick, B. L. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Academics are actively encouraged to disseminate new knowledge to the scientific community by publishing in scholarly journals. External and internal barriers to writing, however, prevent many authors from writing for publication. This article gives an account of an intervention to provide hands-on coaching to inexperienced academic authors.…
Descriptors: Writing for Publication, Intervention, Foreign Countries, Barriers
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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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Ntshoe, I.; Higgs, P.; Wolhuter, C. C.; Higgs, L. G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
This article examines notions of quality and quality assurance in higher education. It does this by raising questions such as whether quality in higher education is the same as, for example, quality of clothing or the quality of meat in local butcheries. The article questions the assumption that if certain things, such as criteria or…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Sector, Quality Control, Measurement
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Paideya, V.; Sookrajh, R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
Many under-prepared university students do not know how to study (Martin and Arendale 1993) because they have not yet developed the abstract reasoning skills that allow them to learn new ideas simply by reading a text or listening to a lecture. This article draws from selected findings from a PhD study currently being undertaken at a university in…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Stoichiometry, Intervention, Focus Groups
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Firfirey, N.; Carolissen, R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
There is little research exploring poverty amongst university students, which renders poverty on university campuses invisible. This study aims to begin to understand experiences and constructions of poverty among university students. The qualitative study design uses open-ended, in-depth interviews in which four students from a university in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Campuses, Qualitative Research
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Matshedisho, K. R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
This article argues that even though the experiences of disabled students have programmatic implications, their needs should not be isolated from other students'. Instead they should be understood as part of the student life cycle within the pluralistic paradigm of education. In demonstrating the argument this article will: (a) outline some of the…
Descriptors: Models, Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Educational Experience
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Coetzee, S.; Ebersohn, L.; Ferreira, R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
This exploratory and descriptive study investigated the use of the asset-based approach in career facilitation in South Africa. Five adolescents (3 females and 2 males) aged 16 to 18 years participated. An intervention study following a qualitative approach was conducted. We developed and implemented an asset-based career facilitation intervention…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Intervention, Diaries, Foreign Countries
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