Academic research

LitNet Akademies is LitNet's accredited academic journal. An extended English abstract is published with every article.

The vowel system of Genadendal Afrikaans: An exploratory study

Daan Wissing Academic research 2017-10-05

"This article reports on an acoustic investigation into aspects of the vowel system of Genadendal Afrikaans (GA), an important variety of so-called Coloured Afrikaans which is spoken in the Western Cape. The aforementioned vowel system is compared with that of Standard Afrikaans (SA)."

An investigation concerning the human dignity of brown state pensioners

Jacobus Carnow, Christo Thesnaar Academic research 2017-09-29

"Through preaching, Bible study, programmes and other methods, the Church could use the values of reciprocity and responsibility to assert that one should do to older people what you would like done to you."

The extended programme as a tool for widening access to South African higher education – reflections on the experience of the University of the Free State’s Faculty of Law

Leani van Niekerk Academic research 2017-09-21

"An extended degree programme is based on the same curriculum as the mainstream programme, but students are granted an additional year of study along with supplementary learning opportunities and student support to complete the requirements for the qualification."

The navigational practices of learners from poor, rural areas

Jerome Joorst Academic research 2017-09-20

"Despite poor academic results by learners from poor, rural backgrounds together with popular media often positioning them as deficient in the schooling system, this article suggests that it is these unique forms of capital which are central in supporting such learners to remain in school and that these generalisations often conceal an undiscovered world of navigational strategies that these learners use to stay on course."

N.P. Van Wyk Louw through the eyes of Adam Small

Hein Willemse Academic research 2017-09-20

"It is found that as a cultural mediator, Small in his eagerness to introduce Louw to English-speaking South Africans, and in one instance, to young black South African students, may be reconstructing Louw’s position."

“A postcolonial Umwelt cabinet”: questions about a transnational poetics in Afrikaans with reference to Marlene van Niekerk’s Kaar

Louise Viljoen Academic research 2017-09-12

"This article asks the question whether one can speak of a transnational poetics in the case of poets who write in a local and minor language such as Afrikaans."

An evaluation of educators’ morale in schools in Wellington

Kobus Liebenberg Academic research 2017-09-12

"Although low morale is caused by factors at national level, in schools, the community and in the classroom, sustainable high morale must be managed daily by school management teams and governing bodies, supported by the provincial and national education departments."

Reverberations of Poerpasledam for flute and piano by Arnold van Wyk

Marietjie Pauw Academic research 2017-09-07

"Through this article curation the reverberations of Poerpasledam resonate into juxtapositions of time, place and ideology while contemporary music practices change."

Forgiveness education: Has it been (pre-)theoretically adequately grounded?

Hannes van der Walt Academic research 2017-08-29

"Teaching that affords social space for accommodating both the victim and the perpetrator and at the same time promotes forgiveness in a pedagogically sound manner, that is, that leads, guides, cares, forms, develops and unfolds the learners’ capabilities and potential, and is rooted in this ethical underpinning, can be expected to be effective and impactful."

Silence and agency in André P. Brink’s slave novel Philida

Shamiega Chaudhari Academic research 2017-08-24

"For some, their silence served as a protective mechanism because they believed that they were protecting their own well-being and those of their children and relatives. Others regarded their silence as a forced burden that muted both their peace and their hopes while condemning their children to a similar fate or one even worse."

Access to research assistantship opportunities in global north and global south

Ewelina Niemczyk, JP Rossouw Academic research 2017-08-22

"Ultimately, a more inclusive approach to research assistantships would lead to an increased number of skilled young researchers able to contribute significantly to the research capacity of a given institution."

Deficiencies of heritage impact assessment viewed from a historical perspective as revealed by a study of the history of Tokai Park, 1792–1910

Kobus du Pisani, Berta van Rooyen Academic research 2017-08-17

"We call on historians to become involved in heritage impact assessment on a regular basis, which will help to raise the academic standard of the assessment process and enhance informed decision-making in heritage management and conservation."

Allegations of adultery: actionable defamation?

Johann Neethling, Johan Potgieter Academic research 2017-08-17

"Allegations of adultery still put a person’s moral character and lifestyle in a bad light, are therefore defamatory in nature, prima facie wrongful, and should in principle still found a defamation action."

Neuroscientific findings on learning and becoming: Insights from two case studies

Petro van Niekerk Academic research 2017-08-10

"Neuroscience advocates for educational policies and curricula to embody a greater emphasis on humaneness and wholeness, and a lesser emphasis on the measuring of achievements, in order to bring about significance (meaningfulness), reverence and a sense of wonderment."

Considerations for the decolonisation of the related music types of Western and South African art music

Etienne Viviers Academic research 2017-08-08

"My argument then is that any universal outlook on the relevance of specifically Western art music is incompatible with any attempts towards decolonisation, and that this music cannot shed its Eurocentricity without being defended against extinction long before it has undergone any kind of metamorphosis towards decolonisation."

Language awareness as a component of literacy: investigating narrative skills development of grade 3 learners

Irene Brand, Christine Anthonissen Academic research 2017-08-04

"A person who exhibits a good understanding of the rules and conventions of language use, both on a grammatical and on a communicative level, is said to have a well-developed language awareness. This ability extends beyond awareness of a speaker’s own first language to include other languages he/she may know."

A Heideggerian approach of landscape as dwelling in Breyten Breytenbach’s Nege landskappe van ons tye bemaak aan ’n beminde (1993)

Alwyn Roux, Hein Viljoen Academic research 2017-08-04

"Approaching landscape as dwelling is mainly concerned with the activities of mortals which form part of their dwelling on earth."

Imaging and imagining worlds: textual relationality in Wonderboom by Lien Botha

Adéle Nel Academic research 2017-07-27

"Imagination and memory, in addition to temporal experience, are related to nostalgia. Nostalgia, the absolute impossibility to return 'home', where home is the genesis of the self, provides one possible interpretation for the open ending of the story."

High school teachers’ experience of psychological violence in the Free State

Nehemiah Phooko, Helen Meyer, Erika Fourie, Tiaan Kirsten Academic research 2017-07-26

"Despite the high incidence of psychological violence among teachers, the teachers are often reluctant to report psychological violence because, among other things, they fear possible intimidation and harassment at the hands of the perpetrators."

Putative self-defence as a defence in South African criminal law: A critical overview of the uncertain path to Pistorius and beyond

Rinda Botha Academic research 2017-07-26

"In crime-ridden societies such as South Africa it often happens that people genuinely though mistakenly believe that their lives are in danger and that, should they act, they would be acting in self-defence. When these people are then criminally prosecuted and suddenly find themselves in the dock, the only defence available to them is putative self-defence."