n South African Journal of Higher Education - Foundation provision research : a field ready for evolution : editorial

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



In June 2012 the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa's (HELTASA) Special Interest Group on Foundation Provision presented an Extended Programme colloquium at the University of Pretoria (the majority of the articles published in this edition were presented at this event). The title of the event, , reflected a strong view of the Special Interest Group on Foundation Provision that such research was ready for and in need of a next evolution. The research conducted and published up to this point often seemed to lack a coherent agenda to take it forward. There were some unifying themes such as evaluations of specific foundation interventions (see, e.g., Davidowitz and Schreiber 2006; Dednam and Dednam 2012; Downs 2005; Hlale 2010; Osongo 2006) or considerations concerned with concepts such as 'success' (Smith 2009) and 'epistemological access' (Boughey 2005; Ellery 2011) but overall the research in this field seems fragmented rather than integrated.

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