n South African Journal of Higher Education - Hundred per cent successful throughput rates of Master's and doctoral research students : research in higher education

Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article describes how 25 Master's and doctoral students commenced their dissertations, with the writer as their supervisor, and how all subsequently succeeded in graduating, many within a time period of one to three years. These students also efficiently produced 18 articles in refereed journals, ten refereed published international conference papers, ten papers published in national conference proceedings, ten published seminar papers and several books as an integral part of the work for their dissertations. Most of these publications were written, under guidance, by students who either originated in historically disadvantaged backgrounds, or were handicapped by speaking English as a second language, or both. The article presents and discusses the teaching strategies, interventions and time management techniques adopted to ensure research student success even under adverse conditions, resulting in zero dropouts and a zero throughput failure rate under supervision from the early 1980s through to 2002.

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