Academic research

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

The influence of self-directed learning readiness level on the acquisition of the technique of touch-typing

Elsie Lubbe Academic research 2017-07-07

"The QWERTY keyboard is used worldwide to key in data on computers. People who possess the technique of touch-typing with regard to keyboard skills are able to key in data much faster."

Power, the state and the church in South Africa

Johann Rossouw Academic research 2017-07-07

"If the church is asked to be aware of power or to focus on its workings, it should be done with great circumspection, lest the church, under the guise of being in tune with the latest and best social theory, ends up giving further legitimacy to a concept that is ultimately its own bastard offspring."

Site-specific digital literature: ensemble and interaction in new contexts

Franci Greyling Academic research 2017-06-29

"In light of the far-reaching impact which mobile and geospatial technology has already had on society in a very short time, creative work that makes use of this technology can provide insight into the evolving relationship between people, technology, literature and space."

The new wrongfulness test: A Trojan horse endangering delictual principles?

Johan Potgieter Academic research 2017-06-28

"The trial judge pointed out that the existence of a legal duty on the part of the school to prevent injury to Jaco and the school’s failure to do so were common cause between the parties and not in dispute."

Titus Matiyane, cartographer and transnational flâneur

Elfriede Dreyer Academic research 2017-06-21

"Matiyane creates a model for global, transnational identity by exceeding his own physical and material limitations and by his deconstruction of the power hierarchies of First and Third World cities."

Caveat magister! The expulsion of boarders from public school hostels due to non-payment of hostel fees

Danie Kloppers, Henk Kloppers Academic research 2017-06-20

"A number of public schools in South Africa indicate on their websites, on application forms and in letters to parents that a learner will be expelled from the school’s hostel if the hostel fees are not paid. In this article the legality of such expulsion is considered."

The use of fiction in the development and presentation of research in the social sciences

Julian Müller, Marguerite Müller Academic research 2017-06-20

"As such, fiction is used to grapple with theory, but also to bring it to life and create a text in which we can explore our understandings, and also look beyond the limits of what we understand."

Environmental discourse in science fiction for children with reference to the Anna Atoom series by Elizabeth Wasserman

Henriëtte Loubser Academic research 2017-06-15

"The value of nature relative to the community is a critical issue. The Anna Atoom series shows the beauty of nature and emphasises the worth of the non-human."

The civil service in the South African Republic under Paul Kruger, 1890 to 1895

Heinie Heydenrych Academic research 2017-06-15

"It is clear that there were serious shortcomings in the civil service of the South African Republic during the early 1890s. Obviously it is the head of state who is ultimately responsible for good governance, which in turn necessitates an efficient civil service."

Performativity as phenomenon in education

Milton van Wyk, Lesley le Grange Academic research 2017-06-05

"Teachers should take responsibility for their professionalism, otherwise there is a danger of their continuing to function merely as technicians of the state or agents of the markets."

“Enduring foreignness and unfamiliarity.” The implications of Michael Welker’s theology of the Spirit for a theological hermeneutic for strangers

Henco van der Westhuizen Academic research 2017-06-05

"For a long time the separation of South Africans from one another in every conceivable way brought about serious, disconcerting challenges. Due to numerous divisive measures over many years, people became alienated, estranged from one another, in a variety of ways."

A comparative study of the standardisation of the development of school leadership in the USA and South Africa

Clarence Williams Academic research 2017-05-31

"Although not beyond criticism, the ISLLC model provides a possible solution for the South African attempt to standardise leadership development in schools."

The role of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Afrikaans and Dutch in the development of Afrikaans lexicography through its involvement in the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal (Dictionary of the Afrikaans Language)

Gerda Odendaal Academic research 2017-05-30

"Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, is the WAT’s role in recording the Afrikaans lexicon in its widest sense. This includes lexical items from spoken as well as written Afrikaans, regionalism, idioms, as well as loan words from Khoi, Malay, Arabic and English."

The yoke of asceticism: Slaves in monasteries and monastic households in the Commentarii de beatis orientalibus of the missionary John of Ephesus

Chris de Wet Academic research 2017-05-23

"We find that monks and monasteries are indeed allowed to own slaves, but not in the large numbers and for the same purposes as the rich, who are criticised for their style of slaveholding."

Strangeness as opportunity: Some thoughts on the hermeneutical potential of an uncomfortable concept

Bernard Lategan Academic research 2017-05-18

"Instead of domesticating the stranger and trying to absorb the other into the world of the self, otherness must be allowed to retain its integrity and to do so in all its sharpness."

Beauty and the beast: An investigation of the usefulness of online mediation in family disputes in South Africa

Amanda Boniface, Andreas Velthuizen Academic research 2017-05-18

"The existing forms of mediation in communities, such as the traditional community-based mediators who work in community centres, must be expanded to enable community mediators to mediate in family disputes in accordance with traditional mediators."

Exploratory, fictitious worlds: the unlocking of the Willem Boshoff Archive

Josef van Wyk, Suzanne de Villiers-Human, Dirk van den Berg Academic research 2017-05-12

"Willem Boshoff’s archive is a unique example of experimental and conceptual archiving and imaginative, digital curating which involves a disciplined, thorough, systematic approach, but which is at the same time alternative, creative, open, playful, informative, performative, artistic and sensory."

Role conflict in married male educators early in the 21st century

Deon Vos, Philip van der Westhuizen Academic research 2017-05-11

"The man still fulfils a variety of roles outside the home, including the following: he stands in a career with various roles posing challenges; he needs to develop his career; he needs to generate an income; and it is expected from him to fulfil various roles in the community and society."

Guidelines for the promotion of the well-being of South African psychologists

Erika Hitge, Izanette van Schalkwyk Academic research 2017-05-10

"Psychologists work long and inconvenient hours, have an unstable income when working in private practice, work with difficult cases such as homicide and suicide and are frequently faced with clients’ exhausted medical aids."

A neuroscientific view of the reading process

Ansie Lessing, Marike W de Witt Academic research 2017-05-10

"Reading skills imply decoding or recognising the written word by means of the merging of the sounds – an action requiring not only certain prerequisites, but also an action where a number of perceptual and cognitive skills are used to gain understanding of the concept."