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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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Rankin, N.; Schoer, V.; Sebastiao, C.; van Walbeek, C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This article considers students' performance in an identical Economics test at two universities to investigate the predictive power of the NBT against that of Mathematics in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam. We find that, on average, both NBT and NSC results are useful predictors of performance in first year Economics. However, for…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Predictor Variables, Benchmarking, Academic Achievement
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Sikhwari, T. D.; Pillay, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Various studies have shown that the school system in South Africa is continually producing learners who are inadequately prepared for higher education studies, particularly schools in disadvantaged environments. The University of Venda (UNIVEN) is situated in an educationally disadvantaged environment. Most of the students who enroll at this…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educationally Disadvantaged, Study Skills, Program Effectiveness
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Woollacott, L.; Snell, D. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This article presents the findings of an exploratory investigation involving the direct assessment of the quality of abstract thinking of two cohorts of South African university entrants who had very good school leaving qualifications. The investigation was prompted by the observation of difficulties these students seemed to have had in a first…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Educational Strategies, Engineering Education, Engineering
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Rapetsoa, J. M.; Singh, R. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This study investigated the challenges that history learners in rural black schools are faced with during assessments when using English as the language of learning and teaching. The aim of the study was to investigate whether English, which is used as a language of learning and teaching in schools, is a barrier to the learning and teaching of…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, English (Second Language), Learning Processes, Language Proficiency
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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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Njozela, D. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Certain principles, processes and procedures inform the design and delivery of student's lessons in teacher education. In mentoring students, it was discovered that they exhibit "mental models" during evaluation and monitoring of their lessons that are different from what they were taught. This has a negative impact on the effectiveness…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Teacher Education, Mentors, Evaluation
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Bester, M.; Scholtz, D. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Transformation of higher education in South Africa has resulted in an ongoing need to reflect critically on the relevance and responsiveness of higher education curricula. This article describes two inter-related aspects of curriculum mapping, namely the mapping process and the mapping tool. Based on a case study of a career-oriented business…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries
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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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Cekiso, M. P. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Widening access to higher education has meant an increasing need for flexibility in instruction and course design to accommodate students who utilize a wide range of learning style preferences. The purpose of this study was to identify the preferred learning styles of students and to plan instruction and course design accordingly. In addition, a…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Statistical Significance, Comparative Analysis, Gender Differences
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Gasa, V. G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The main function of prison-based education is to prepare the inmates for return to society. Many higher institutions of education that offer distance learning have opened their doors to accommodate prisoners who want to further their studies. Thus far, many prisoners have received bachelor's degrees from different higher institutions of education…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Academic Achievement
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Ondari-Okemwa, E. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This article focuses on available opportunities and challenges which institutions of higher education in sub-Saharan Africa face in producing and distributing knowledge. Institutions of higher education are also expected to produce knowledge workers for the knowledge economy. Knowledge production falls into Mode 1, in which problems are set and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Educational Opportunities
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Modipane, M. C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This study reports on the initial experiences of first entering students at the University of Limpopo registered for 2010 Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.). I argue the initial experiences of first entering students at universities have implications for how they cope with studies and could lead to some dropping out. I place my argument within the…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, School Holding Power, Higher Education
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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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Mudhovozi, P. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
A survey was conducted to analyse perceived stress, coping resources and life satisfaction among university students at an institution of higher learning. Seventy-three students randomly selected from third year Social Sciences class participated in the study. A self-report questionnaire was administered to the participants. The results showed…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Life Satisfaction, Social Sciences, Coping
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