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South African Journal of Higher Education - Volume 14, Issue 3, 2000
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Volume 14, Issue 3, 2000
Teaching students to reflect : an exploratory study of the introduction of reflective practice in a preservice teacher education course in a university environmentSource: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 177 –185 (2000)More Less
In this article we report research addressing the facilitation of reflection amongst novice (pre-service) teachers. This study is based on the analysis of written reports of 35 second-year and 36 third-year Bachelor of Primary Education (BPrimEd) student cohorts during a brief teaching practice in the 1999 mid-semester teaching practicum. Pro forma's were provided to students as guidelines for the reflective process. Students were also provided with guidelines to keep a journal which would inform their reflection while at the schools. They were required to hand in an assignment detailing their reflection on some of the lessons they taught during the practicum. Most student reflections focused on more technical aspects of teaching and classroom management, which are discussed in the article. We include a brief review of reflection and reflective practice, discuss levels of reflection, a short description of method of course evelopment, a narration of findings, concluding remarks and propositions.
Author D. RuthSource: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 186 –195 (2000)More Less
This article presents some of the perceptions, feelings, thoughts and values of students in a first-year class at the University of the North (UNIN). The research was motivated by the experience of hearing many generalisations and opinions expressed about students which seemed to be based on anecdote and what staff felt students ought to be, rather than on empirical evidence based on enquiry into what students actually did experience, think and feel. Many educators are working according to unexamined assumptions which are often not arranted. It seems that staff at HBU's (historically black universities) routinely over-estimate the skills and under-estimate the intelligence of students. The access that staff have to the world of students is limited, but this limitation may be self-imposed. This might be the case at many campuses, but, for reasons which I explain in my article, it is particularly striking at UNIN, and it may be a situation which all tertiary institutions will soon be facing.
Small medium and micro enterprise (SMME) partnerships : a tertiary initiative to create a unique co-operative education model in commerce (The Business Clinic)Source: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 196 –203 (2000)More Less
Higher learning has traditionally been characterised by a clear separation from industry and service organisations. Students have typically been taught didactically, "one subject discipline" in lecture receiving mode. Industry and higher education are now facing a future characterised by profound technological and economic change (McGinn 1997). Economic trends favour increased deregulation and intense competition: such rapid change in industry requires an equally rapid change in education. There is a need for graduates to develop skills that will equip them effectively for a global market. Embraced within the international arena, partnerships between education and industry have gained tremendous support. The purpose of this article is to present the Business Clinic as an innovative approach to co-operative education within the disciplines of commerce at tertiary level.
Author D.M. De KockSource: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 204 –214 (2000)More Less
This article reports on core aspects of a comprehensive, collaborative pilot research project aimed at empowering a community by facilitating a culture of lifelong learning. The research was designed to <BR>. explore the role of telecommunications as an enabling factor in the development of a required network infrastructure, <BR>. establish a self sustainable computer laboratory in a community centre situated in a deep rural area in order to explore computer supported co-operative learning (CSCL), and <BR>. implement the triple-I-continuum teacher education model (IIIC) in which the role of interactive television communications features to facilitate in-service teacher education support. <BR>The research findings support a model for an innovative teacher education programme that involves the use of information technology and interactive television.
Source: South African Journal of Higher Education 14, pp 215 –219 (2000)More Less
This article discusses the way authors of three year first-year Science textbooks use visual aids. The study was undertaken to give an informed view on the use of visual aids in year one science textbooks for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The investigation sought to ascertain the type of diagrams that the first year Bachelor of Science students at the University of Botswana encounter in their textbooks. This article covers the importance of visual aids and their role in science textbooks. The findings of this study indicate that first-year students in the Bachelor of Science programme at the University of Botswana are exposed to a variety of illustrations. One of the recommendations made in this study is that the Communication and Study Skills course offered to first-year science students at the University of Botswana should train learners to take note of illustrations in their textbooks as they do their reading.