“The way I see it, there are different currents, working in different directions. The community interaction cannot happen without the teaching and research, because it can’t be sustainable without baseline data. Maybe you could do community interaction and research together without the teaching, but I find teaching so helpful in that it cements my thinking and it challenges me to think differently.”
In this brief Rhoda Malgas, of the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, is interviewed by Dr Catherine Kell, a researcher commissioned by the CTL. Download the full interview here.
This is the fifth brief in the Centre for Teaching and Learning or CTL’s ‘Making a life’ series, where we explore the attitudes and experiences of academics at Stellenbosch University, with regard to their roles in teaching, research and what is generally called ‘community involvement’. The series was approached as a set of interviews with individual academics, which took the form of reflective conversations between a CTL researcher and the individual academic. Academics approached for the interviews were not sampled, but drawn from different departments and different disciplines, and tended to be those who had had some involvement with CTL. At times we have incorporated other texts into the brief, to enrich the sense of the activities academics engage in, in ‘making a life’.