Academic research

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

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 C 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."

The nature of ecclesiastical authority in W.D. Jonker’s reflections on church polity

Gert Duursema Academic research 2017-05-10

"Again he pointed out the dangers of bestowing centralised power and authority on a small group of people. Once again he also voiced his aversion to the fallacy of a national church, which had led to the Dutch Reformed Church’s establishing separate churches for separate population groups."

Exploring language variation in the Afrikaans tabloids Son and Sondag

Elvis Saal Academic research 2017-04-13

"Writers of tabloids do not attempt to integrate all the features of the relevant social dialect of the target reader, but in their stylisation focus on those distinctive features that the reader could easily recognise and identify with."

Does Onderwêreld by Fanie Viljoen meet the norms of a successful prescribed work for Grade 12 Afrikaans Home Language learners?

Elize Vos Academic research 2017-03-28

"It can be concluded that the choice of a prescribed book poses several challenges and the successful selection of such a book holds benefits for both the learner and the promotion of reading."

Practices pertaining to visual representation in an Afrikaans home language textbook series after apartheid

Alta Engelbrecht Academic research 2017-03-16

"The importance of identifying stereotyping and inequality in school textbooks has again been brought to the foreground by the minister’s recent call for investigating prejudice and inequality in South African textbooks."

The role of a multilingual cell phone LSP (language for specific purposes) dictionary in the development of concept literacy for economic and management sciences education students

Carina America, Michele van der Merwe Academic research 2017-03-02

"Technology provides the opportunity to develop academic vocabulary for students because of its accessibility and the wide range of applications, which can assist learners in their studies."

Personal amplification for a teacher with voice problems

Salomé Geertsema, Mia le Roux Academic research 2017-03-02

"A large portion of the South African population depends on this optimal use of voice for their occupations. Voice problems for the professional voice user in particular therefore impact negatively on their livelihood."

Restorative justice in cases of sexual offences and the judgments of the Supreme Court of Appeal in DPP v Thabethe and Seedat v S

Danie Kloppers, Henk Kloppers Academic research 2017-02-17

"[R]estorative justice processes should be used, albeit with the necessary caution in cases of sexual offences, conceding that training and a change of perspective are still necessary."

Predestination and evangelical spirituality: Neo-Calvinism in South Africa

Vincent Brümmer Academic research 2017-02-16

"Since Calvinism is in principle free from domination by the state or the church as institution, it can develop into various denominational forms differing in their degree of purity."

The statistical properties of written Afrikaans as a complex network

Burgert A Senekal, Eduan Kotzé Academic research 2017-02-09

"When language is studied as a complex network, statistical methods developed mainly from physics since the late 1990s are used to measure the similarities and differences between languages and between languages and other complex networks, such as protein-protein interaction networks, social networks, neural networks and power grids."

Plant-people relationships in Die sideboard by Simon Bruinders

Susan Meyer Academic research 2017-01-31

The influence of plants as portrayed in Die sideboard involves a form of positive contribution to Abraham’s (and later his whole family’s) life and well-being, on a psychological level as much as regarding their physical needs.

The (unfounded) basis of the classification and operation of liens in South African law

Mitzi Wiese Academic research 2017-01-26

"The conclusion is that the court erred when it held that the builder concerned had an enrichment lien, which gave him preference over the bank’s claim."

Compensation orders in criminal proceedings – a fresh perspective

Abraham Hamman, Windell Nortje Academic research 2017-01-23

"Victims in criminal proceedings are more often than not placed in a disadvantaged position as their requests for compensation are frequently disregarded by the courts."

The role of food and eating habits in the ascetical spirituality of Basil of Caesarea, Evagrius of Pontus and John Chrysostom

Artemisa C Rodrigues Academic research 2017-01-20

"Fasting and responsible eating habits are then no longer self-centred spiritual practices, but a form of outreach that is based on empathy with the hungry and the needy."

The learning practice formation of rural working class learners based on their funds of knowledge

Henry Fillies, Aslam Fataar Academic research 2017-01-10

"Based on the research for this article we suggest that young people from impoverished backgrounds are productive and creative learners who deploy a range of social and knowledge-informed strategies to establish viable learning paths."

A theological-ethical investigation of the influence of Christian mission on moral values in South Africa

Pieter Verster Academic research 2016-12-14

"The question to be posed is, if it is indeed not in God's law that God determines the relationship with humans in its moral orientation, where should it be?"