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Makunye, M. M.; Pelser, T. G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to explore reasons for academics' apathy towards formal professional development programmes at North-West University. The research design was essentially descriptive, employing both qualitative and quantitative research techniques to gather and analyse data. Three techniques, namely, questionnaire surveys, analysis of…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Needs Assessment, Statistical Analysis, Professional Development
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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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Ivala, E.; Gachago, D. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This work investigates the promise of Facebook and blogs for enhancing students' levels of engagement in learning. This issue warrants investigation because there is little published empirical work on the subject. The researchers applied a learning ecology perspective to study the potential of Facebook and blogs in enhancing student levels of…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing
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Mthembu, T. Z.; Orkin, M.; Gering, M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Universities of technology (UoTs) achieve developmental impact through differentiated curricula, allowing graduates to undertake mid-level occupations in the workplace. This mandate differs from that at traditional universities in six respects: diploma-level entrants, labour market focus, workplace-oriented learning, applied research and…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Teacher Attitudes, Labor Market, Sustainability
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Kibirige, I. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The purpose of this study is to determine the attitude of in-service science teachers towards information communication technology (ICT) in education. The study explores the relationship between in-service teachers and four independent variables: their attitudes toward computers; their cultural perception of computers; their perceived computer…
Descriptors: Computer Attitudes, Access to Computers, Science Teachers, Teaching Experience
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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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Hassan, S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
As the wave of educational transformation sweeps across the higher education landscape, few academics have been unaffected by its impact. It has been well documented that academics are ill-prepared to cope with the challenges of educational transformation, yet training and development that would provide the appropriate support to meet the demands…
Descriptors: Outcome Based Education, Problem Based Learning, Educational Change, Professional Development
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Ogunniyi, M. B. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
The mandate of the new South African curriculum for educators to enact a science-indigenous knowledge curriculum in their classrooms is not only challenging to their cosmological beliefs, it is equally challenging to their instructional practices. This is because science educators (teachers) in South Africa have been schooled largely in western…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, Science Teachers, World Views
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Brijlall, D.; Isaac, V. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This qualitative study examined the link between content knowledge and classroom practice from the perceptions of two university lecturers. The study was contextualized at a higher education institution in South Africa where the two university lecturers were lecturing to a second year undergraduate teacher trainee class (n = 78). The research was…
Descriptors: Education Courses, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Calculus
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Wood, L. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Although much has been written on the need to integrate HIV into tertiary education programmes, very little research has been done in terms of how it should be done. This article will report on the first phase of a larger action research project designed to research, develop and evaluate best practices for the transformation of the curricula of…
Descriptors: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Action Research, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Teacher Attitudes
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Erwee, R.; Albion, P.; van Rensburg, H.; Malan, R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
To enhance research into revitalising supervisory practices, the aim of this study is to identify approaches of supervisors to mentoring and facilitating doctoral students' progress. Scenarios were created to describe typical situations that supervisors face, namely non-responsive students, dealing with students with low English language…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Language Proficiency, Graduate Students
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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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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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Seabi, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
Although Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most diagnosed conditions in children, it is also one of the misunderstood and misdiagnosed syndromes. The aim of this study was to investigate the perceptions of foundation phase educators about ADHD, specifically their views on its causes, appropriate interventions and…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Private Schools, Elementary School Students, Teacher Attitudes
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Winberg, C.; Adams, A.; Esbach, J.; Groenewald, W.; Lakay, D.; Muzondo, I.; Randall, K.; Seane, G.; Siyepu, S.; Veeran, P. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
Universities of Technology (UTs) offer career-focused education in a wide variety of disciplines and fields. Traditionally, UTs recruited academic staff with relevant workplace experience, rather than academic qualifications. The result of this strategy was, while many lecturers possessed professional qualifications in their field, they did not…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Qualifications, Employment Qualifications, Tenure
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