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Castle, P. J.; Keane, M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
In 2009 we developed an experiential Research Writing course to help academics at our university to become more productive and successful writers. Our aim was to create a stimulating environment in which each participant's voice, knowledge and experience was valued, and where learning was characterised by optimism, creativity and energy. In this…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Action Research, Writing (Composition), Learning Theories
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Ebersohn, L.; Ferreira, R.; Beukes, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Participatory methodologies are often favoured in education research. This study aimed to determine collaborative partnership trends between education researchers and teachers in order to understand the use of participatory theory and practice in education studies. Seven symposium presentations by education scholars from various higher education…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Research Methodology, Communities of Practice, Trend Analysis
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Kaburise, P. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This article, first, identifies the reading characteristics of students enrolled in the foundation provision of the extended degree; then determines the responsiveness of the English curriculum to these characteristics and thinking on literacy development. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the language ability framework…
Descriptors: Language Aptitude, Student Placement, Reading Skills, Statistical Analysis
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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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Maoto, S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This article explores learning opportunities offered by students' written reflections as they learn through writing an action research proposal. From tapping into students' reported struggles, I analysed data using three stages of qualitative data analysis: data reduction, data display, and conclusion drawing (Miles and Huberman 1994). It emerged…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Qualitative Research, Action Research, Research Methodology
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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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Lessing, A. C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Postgraduate supervision does not only require academic and research skills from the supervisors--they may also assume a variety of roles to support the postgraduate student from novice to experienced researcher. The role of supervisors in the supervisory process, as well as the views of a purposeful selection of lecturers on the role is the focus…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Teacher Supervision, Foreign Countries, Research Skills
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Berman, K. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This article aims to interrogate possible assessment problems arising from a community-based-research mode of research and consider some of the assessment approaches that generate scepticism among some examiners, and endorsement from others. The article explores specific challenges in supervising, accommodating and evaluating diverse candidates…
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Service Learning, Social Responsibility, Evaluation Methods
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Daniels, D. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
Fielding questions and curiosity about your research prompts you to consider how it is being read and understood. As a reader of research my inquisitiveness is about what its relationship is with other research, why the research is designed in a particular way and how researchers arrive at their findings. In other words, one looks for conceptual…
Descriptors: Feminism, Researchers, Higher Education, Educational Research
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Vandeyar, S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
This study set out to explore how academics construct and negotiate their identities within the world of the academe. Identity construction involves different forms of community participation and identification. Utilising the research methodology of narrative inquiry, this article explores how academics came to see themselves across those…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Communities of Practice, Personal Narratives, Self Concept
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Wagner, C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
Current literature on teaching research methodology in the social sciences highlights the changing nature of our world in terms of its complexity and diversity, and points to how this affects the way in which we search for answers to related problems (Brew 2003, 3; Tashakkori and Teddlie 2003, 74). New ways of approaching research problems that…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Social Sciences, Teaching Methods, Literature Reviews
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Schulze, S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
This article discusses an investigation conducted to identify challenges associated with teaching research methods in a distance education context. Constructivist learning was used as conceptual framework, in particular socio-constructivist theories, activity theory and Rich environments for active learning (REALs). Two research modules in a…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Investigations, Action Research, Distance Education
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