South African Journal of Higher Education

SAJHE has published its latest issue 2016 30(6) at We invite you to review the Table
of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Ms Anel de Beer
Managing Editor

Vol 30, No 6 (2016)
Table of Contents

General Articles
Why a contextual approach to professioal development? (1-7)
B.L. Leibowitz, J. Vorster,     C. Ndebele
Against theoretical evangelism: Imagining the possibilities of a critical
approach to theorising in professional academic development (8-23)
K. Naidoo
Conceptualising an epistemically diverse curriculum for a course for
academic developers (24-38)
L. Quinn,       J. Vorster
Scrutinising the role of reflection in a postgraduate diploma in higher
education (39-55)
L. Dison
Enhancing learner achievement through professional development: The
Zimbabwean experience (56-72)
G.N. Shava
Five writing development strategies to help academics flourish as writers
J. Castle,      M. Keane
Coaching interventions for postgraduate supervision courses: Promoting
equity and understanding in the supervisor-student relationship (94-111)
M. Keane
Asserting agency: Navigating time and space for teaching development
J. Jawitz,      T. Perez
Rurality and the professional development of university teachers (127-145)
C. Ndebele,     P. Muhuro,      V. Nkonki
Prompts in lecturer’s learning to teach in private universities in Kenya
M. Omingo
‘It takes a village’: Attaining teaching excellence in a challenging context
C. Winberg,     J. Garraway
A proposed ‘ladder of learning’ for academics’ professional development in
teaching (176-190)
A. Cameron,     C. Woods
Professional academic development – the influence of context on motivation
B.L. Leibowitz
‘I have a chameleon-like existence’: A duoethnographic account of border
crossing by two academic development practitioners (207-223)
S. van Schalkwyk,       W.J. McMillan

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In the past year, Altmetric has tracked over 17 million mentions of 2.7 million different research outputs. These are the top 100 most-discussed journal articles of 2016:


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Library Symposium Shapes Academic Library of the Future

lib-symp-2016-63-ladies950x375Author: Bronwyn Bruton. Translation by Naomi Visser. Photograph by Celeste Reynolds
Published: 22/11/2016

Professor Eugene Cloete (Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies) challenged delegates to change the paradigm of how learning happens and asserted that librarians lead the way and not follow. This was in his opening address at the Stellenbosch University 14th Annual Library Symposium which took place on the 3rd and 4th November 2016 at STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies).  The theme of the symposium was Shaping the academic library of the future: adapt, empower, partner, engage.

Tanja Hichert’s invigorating keynote How to be ‘future-fit’ and manage complexity and uncertainty, highlighted the tumultuous times in which we live and the need to work a lot differently. “Regime shifts”, “systemic differences” and “stresses” are a part of our ‘vuca’ world of ‘volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity’. Strategies she suggested include ‘crossing the river by feeling for stones underfoot’, and ‘start walking and the road will come to you.’

Dr Andrew Cox from the University of Sheffield ‘tackled’ the topic of Libraries and the wicked challenge of Research Data Management (RDM).  Andrew explained that RDM is ‘wicked’ as the problem is unique, contradictory solutions exist, and it may not be ‘solvable’. He reiterated that librarians have a very positive role to play in the wicked challenge.

Anita Nel, CEO of INNOVUS, the technology transfer company of Stellenbosch University, enlightened delegates about how the Western Cape has significant potential to become a leading knowledge region, with no less than four universities and the MRC. Partnership with the library contributes to this vision.

Kate Robinson, University Librarian from the University of Bath, provoked thought about what is possible for our libraries when institutions forge new connections and in different groupings. Kate enthusiastically shared insights about the Great Western Alliance (GW4) an open, collaborative and resourceful partnership of four research-intensive universities in the South West of England.

A mind shift is needed to understand the evolution of Web 3.0 for the library of the future. This was Prof Riaan Rudman’s message in a mesmerising, thought-challenging presentation.  The user of the future is self-centred, seeks instant gratification, has a short attention span and would rather watch a YouTube clip than read a 30 page journal article. An enormous mind-jolt for librarians is that keyword searches are dying!

In his exciting closing address Professor Mark Swilling informed delegates of a ‘great transformation’ (both an industrial and an agricultural revolution), which will be undergone within 25 to 50 years. ‘Millennials’ will learn through distance learning and e-learning.  Generosity, living for others, ‘relationality’ and open access are core values needed.

The Library Symposium was attended by 133 delegates from approximately 20 institutions. Forty-two library staff members from SU attended the symposium.  The programme was certainly packed with much ‘mind-shifting’ content.

For more information about the symposium and the presentations, visit the symposium website.


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Per Linguam has just published its latest issue

Per Linguam has just published its latest issue at We invite you to review the Table of
Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of

Thank you for the continuing interest in our work.

Prof Christa van der Walt & Dr Nanda Klapwijk

Per Linguam
Vol 32, No 3 (2016)
Table of Contents


Designing linguistically flexible scaffolding for subject-specific academic
literacy interventions (1-12)
Adelia Carstens
Discourse-shifting practices of a teacher and learning facilitator in a
bilingual mathematics classroom (13-27)
Robyn Tyler
A journey towards self-directed writing: a longitudinal study of
undergraduate language students’ writing (28-47)
Jako Olivier
From autopsy to autonomy in writing centres: Postgraduate students’ response
to two forms of feedback in a health professions education module (48-59)
Sharifa Daniels,        Rose Richards
The politics of mother tongue education: The case of Uganda (60-78)
Medadi Erisa Ssentanda, Kate Huddlestone,       Frenette Southwood
Literacy for All?  Using multilingual reading stories for literacy
development in a Grade One classroom in the Western Cape (79-94)
Ancyfrida Prosper,      Vuyokazi Nomlomo

Editor: Per Linguam

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Open Access highlights 2016

The Library and Information Service’s main open access initiatives currently include SUNScholar, the open access institutional repository, SUNDigital Collections, an open digital heritage repository, SUNJournals, an open journal hosting platform and SUNConferences, an open conference hosting platform. The library also manages an open access publication fund, established to support the university’s researchers in publishing in OA journals. Between 2009 and 2015 the author fees for 362 articles to a total value of R4,3 million were funded.

One of the highlights with regards to open access this year has been the movement of SUNScholar to the number one position in Africa in the July edition of the ranking of open access repositories performed by “The Ranking Web of World Repositories”. The use of SUNScholar is also increasing steadily, growing from approximately 104 000 downloads of theses, dissertations and articles in 2013, to a projected 142 000 downloads this year. According to usage statistics, 6 out of 10 of the most popular items downloaded are from the field of Economic and Management Sciences.

SUNDigital Collections have also grown significantly from 4293 items in 2014 to a total of 6978 items today. New additions to look forward to are the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert collection, which is currently being digitised, and the Beyers Naudé collection of sermons, which will be uploaded within the next few months.

SUNJournals welcomed three new journals on board this year, namely the South African Journal of Higher Education, the African Journal of Nephrology and the South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture. The 21 journals currently hosted on the system are being widely accessed with, for example, Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk receiving a total of 3626 visits in the last month, mostly from South Africa. Other journals that are receiving visits of thousands in the last month are e.g. African Population Studies, featuring a large number of views from African countries such as Kenya and Nigeria, and the South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, showing extensive usage from India.

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oawDear colleague

The Library and Information Service cordially invites you to a presentation in celebration of International Open Access Week 2016.

Guest presenter: Melissa Badenhorst from World Wide Information Services

Theme: Evaluating research output, impact, collaborations and trends in Open Acces

Date: Friday 28 October 2016

Tme: 12:00 – 13:30

Venue: Staff room, JS Gericke Library

Light refreshments will be served

Please register here for the event before 26 October 2016.

What to expect?

 Open access (OA) has expanded the possibilities for disseminating research and accessing that of others.

This movement has created a new channel of research in the scholarly community which has also lead to the objective evaluation of activities concerned with scientific research & technological development within the OA research landscape.

This presentation  will take a practical approach using case studies from South Africa and a specific focus on Stellenbosch University to give an insight into the opportunities and challenges regarding the evaluation of research output  in Open Access.

The Open Access initiatives of Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service will shortly be introduced prior to the presentation and an opportunity for Q & A will be presented thereafter.

Inquiries: Mimi Seyffert-Wirth


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OpenAIRE OA week webinars

For this year’s 9th International Open Access Week, OpenAIRE has scheduled a full week of webinars on various exciting Open Science topics. During the week of October 24-30, join us at lunchtime (12.00 CEST) each day for key insights into the ethics and implementation of Open Science, especially as they relate to the EC’s Horizon2020 programme and OpenAIRE’s mission to foster the social and technical links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond.


  • MONDAY: “The fundamentals of Open Science”, October 24, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on key introductory themes in Open Science, with Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE, University of Goettingen), Paola Masuzzo (Ghent University) and Chris Hartgerink (Tilburg University).


  • TUESDAY: “H2020 Open Access mandate for project coordinators and researchers”, October 25, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on Open Access to publications in Horizon 2020, with Eloy Rodrigues and Pedro Principe (University of Minho).


  • WEDNESDAY: “Open Research Data in H2020 and Zenodo repository”, October 26, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on Research Data Management in Horizon 2020 and the Zenodo repository functionalities, with Marjan Grootveld (DANS) and Krzysztof Nowak (CERN).


  • THURSDAY: “Policies for Open Science: webinar for research managers and policy makers”, October 27, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on OpenAIRE’s policy activities building on the PASTEUR4OA project, and how to create/implement policies for open science at a local and national level, with Marina Angelaki and Alma Swan (PASTEUR4OA) and Tony Ross-Hellauer (OpenAIRE).


  • FRIDAY: “OpenAIRE guidelines and broker service for repository managers”, October 28, 2016 at 12.00 CEST, on Openaire compatibility guidelines and the dashboard for Repository Managers, with Pedro Principe (University of Minho) and Paolo Manghi (CNR/ISTI).


To participate in any (or all) of these webinars, please register here:


Best, Tony


Dr. Tony Ross-Hellauer

OpenAIRE Scientific Manager

University of Göttingen


Tel: +49 551 39-33181

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African Population Studies – latest issue

African Population Studies is pleased to announce the publication of its
latest issue Vol 30, No 3, comprising of 11 articles.
According to the guest editors who are senior research associates at APHRC,
“The papers in the series draw on unique datasets mostly aggregated at local
levels to consolidate research on the urban poor and fill critical knowledge
gaps on their specific living conditions, demographic and health challenges.
They contribute to the critical search for pathways to reduce health
inequities and improve health outcomes, including sexual and reproductive
health among populations in resource-poor urban settings in Kenya and other
parts of SSA”.
Guest Editors: Holly Reed, Francis Obare and Blessing Mberu.

We encourage authors to place their articles on their institution(s)
website, personal websites and other appropriate websites which they are
affiliated and link it to We also invite you to
visit our website to review articles of interest.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

African Population Studies
Demography and Population Studies Programme,
University of the Witwatersrand,
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001
South Africa.
African Population Studies


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December 2016 Theses & Dissertations Submissions

SUNScholar is now open to receive new nominations for the December 2016 graduation period. Guidelines for submission into SUNScholar is available at

To summarise the process:

1. The final document has to be submitted in pdf format. This is the copy following
examination, and after all corrections have been made.

2. The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member nominates the candidate via the staff portal.

3. The thesis/dissertation is uploaded at:

4. The supervisor/promoter/admin staff member approves the submission via the staff portal.

5. The thesis/dissertation will be publicly accessible via the Internet following graduation.

The final date for the submission of theses/dissertations for the December 2016 graduation is 23 November 2016.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Paulette Talliard

E-mail: /

Tel.: 021 808 9046

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SUNScholar, number one position in Africa

Stellenbosch University’s Institutional Repository, SUNScholar, has recently reached the number one position in Africa in the 2016 July edition of the ranking of open access repositories.

The ranking is performed by “The Ranking Web of World Repositories“. SUNScholar is managed by the Library and Information Service at Stellenbosch University. Not only does the repository hold first position on the continent, but it occupies an overall 84th position worldwide among 2275 repositories.  In the ‘instutitional respositories (IR) only’ ranking, SUNScholar comes in at 68th position.

Professor Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies, says “The achievement of the Library and Information Service in strengthening and developing SUNScholar is significant. This achievement supports Stellenbosch University’s commitment to Open Access to scientific information and the promotion of research output and innovation as a central goal of Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies.”

The aim of SUNScholar is to improve the visibility and access to Stellenbosch University’s research output. Research outcomes are openly shared with the rest of the world, as well as preserved in a central archive. “Achieving this number one ranking is indeed proof that SU research output is shared with as wide an audience as possible and that African research is increasingly accessible globally”, says Ellen Tise, Senior Director of the Library and Information Service.

The aim of the Ranking Web of World Repositories is “to support Open Access initiatives and therefore the free access to scientific publications in an electronic form and to other academic material. The web indicators are used here to measure the global visibility and impact of the scientific repositories”*. The Ranking considers specific criteria when assessing repositories. These include size, visibility, rich files and scholar. The “scholar” criterion refers to the total number of items from the repository obtained from Google Scholar.

For more information, contact Mimi Seyffert-Wirth.

* Ranking Web of Repositories. 2016. Objectives. Available from

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