Recent Submissions

  • Institutional governance in SA higher education: For the common good or political power-play 

    Fourie, Magda (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2009)
    This chapter explores the role of institutional governance against the background of the nature of the university as an organisation, and the changing context in which universities currently operate. Three ‘conventional’ ...
  • Higher education as a field of study and research 

    Bitzer, Eli; Wilkinson, Annette (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2009)
    In this chapter we address four issues concerning HE as a field of study and research. We start off by discussing the typical characteristics of a field of study as opposed to a discipline, then we trace a number of moments ...
  • An imagined discussion about tackling doctoral supervision 

    Trafford, Vernon (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2016)
    A discussion about tackling doctoral supervision.
  • Counting and countering the opportunity cost of professional learning: a ‘care-full’ approach 

    Herman, Nicolene (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2016)
    Introduction: Professional learning of lecturers for their teaching is a field in which Eli Bitzer did important work, specifically during the earlier years of his career in higher education. The hard work to establish ...
  • Introduction: Perspectives on the first-year experience 

    Van Schalkwyk, Susan; Leibowitz, Brenda; Van der Merwe, Antoinette (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2009)
    The international focus on the first-year experience (FYE) represents a strong and well-established movement in higher education. A focus on what happens in the first year at university, and how this influences student ...
  • What makes a good first-year lecturer 

    Leibowitz, Brenda; Van Schalkwyk, Susan; Van der Merwe, Antoinette; Herman, Nicoline; Young, Gert (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2009)
    Introduction: The first year is an important stepping-stone in the career of the undergraduate student. Lecturers of first-year students play an important role in guiding students into this new phase of their lives. Much ...
  • Tutoring is fun: a study investigating tutor motivation 

    Burgoyne, Megan; Jansen, Ada; Smit, Carina (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2009)
    Introduction: In the global higher education context, diminishing resources, growing student numbers, larger class sizes and a pressure on academic staff time, are cited as some of the reasons for the increase in use of ...
  • Factors influencing the learning process in first-year chemistry 

    Adendorff, Hanelie; Lutz, Marietjie (AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2009)
    Introduction: [First-year chemistry students] think that by being in class the information is magically absorbed and stored in their brains. This sentiment, as expressed by a first-year chemistry student at Stellenbosch ...