Academic research

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

The development of newly appointed principals and school improvement in the Gauteng province of South Africa

Nico Botha Academic research 2018-11-06

"The main research question for this study is: How can newly appointed principals be developed to improve school effectiveness and learner achievement? The objective of the paper was to gather data regarding professional development needs from newly appointed principals in Gauteng."

The development of a cost-effective and contemporary multimedia digital archive at EPOG in Orania

Burgert A Senekal, Eduan Kotzé Academic research 2018-11-05

"The article discusses the creation of a digital archive under the auspices of EPOG at Orania against the background of big data, digital archiving, new media and the information explosion."

The application of a theoretical framework for the purpose of gaining depth of insight into a pedagogical research problem

Hannes van der Walt, Charl Wolhuter Academic research 2018-11-05

"The construction of conceptual and theoretical frameworks comes as second nature for most experienced researchers; in their case, the construction of such frameworks commences from their very first encounter with a new pedagogical research problem."

A self-directed reading process: experiencing and processing trauma in the youth novelBlou is nie ’n kleur nie by Carin Krahtz

Elize Vos, Ronel van Oort Academic research 2018-10-30

"Blou is nie ’n kleur nie is a gift from Carin Krahtz to the self-directed reader because the reader can discover this story by means of the mentioned clues, contextual markers and reading strategies, and unlock the hidden narrative meaning of hope."

Oligomerisation of longer chain 1-alkenes in the presence of Cp2MCl2-, more complex Zr-metallocene and tridentate bis(imino)pyridine iron(II) catalyst systems

Frans TI Marx, Esna Pieters, Hermanus CM Vosloo Academic research 2018-10-25

"1-alkenes represent a large part of the commercial market and since oligomers thereof are important intermediates for specialty chemicals, they warrant further study."

Let the bells ring! Is the ringing of bells a noise nuisance or the legitimate exercising of a religious conviction?

Helena van Coller Academic research 2018-10-24

"In exercising our various rights, whether the right to freedom of religion or the right to enjoyment of property free from a noise nuisance, everyone should aim to act lawfully and ethically in accordance with the principles of tolerance, fairness, openness and accountability."

Relinquishment of Werktreue in Richard Taruskin’s essay “Setting limits”

Etienne Viviers Academic research 2018-10-18

"According to them, certain interpretations of texts will surely always be preposterous, while others will easily fall within the limits of possible interpretative solutions."

Old age and asceticism in early Christianity: A comparison between the views of John Chrysostom and Philoxenus of Mabbug

Chris L. de Wet Academic research 2018-10-17

"Old age is a complex phenomenon that cannot be limited to one fixed locus, but finds expression in manifold social, cultural, religious and political formations. Old age and aging are therefore phenomena that are socially constructed."

Gadamer, Von Rad and Kritzinger: coming to understand

Pieter HJ Labuschagne Academic research 2018-10-15

"To reflect on the past, to evaluate the present and to reach out to the future are all part of the continual process of coming to understand."

Challenges of the Anthropocene: Education in a world dominated by human activity

Henriëtte Loubser Academic research 2018-10-11

"The reality today is that we live in a world of dramatically increasing environmental changes, where stability can no longer simply be taken for granted and where the future is no longer guaranteed. It would be unproductive to shelter those we teach from these harsh realities, and it is necessary to talk absolutely frankly about (for example) erosion, pollution, the horrifying accumulation of waste, and the massive loss of biodiversity."

Decolonialisation of South African family law in light of transformative constitutionalism: a practical approach for generation Z

Marita Carnelley, Philip Bothma Academic research 2018-10-09

"The call to decolonialise the tertiary curriculum, coupled with the complaints regarding LLB graduates, place law teachers at a crossroad. It is apparent that change is not merely desirable, but urgent."

The origin, development and aesthetics of the intimate musical, and Fees (Festival) as an Afrikaans example

André Gerber, Petrus du Preez Academic research 2018-09-27

"The authors conclude that the intimate musical is a viable model for musical production in the financially constrained Afrikaans theatre industry, but that further research and practical work can be done in order to expand on the initial model presented in this article."

Trends in the reception history of the royal official in John 4:43–54

Francois Tolmie Academic research 2018-09-19

"John Chrysostom places much emphasis on the official’s weak faith in order to encourage his readers to fare better in their own spiritual lives. He also argues that the narrative shows us that miracles are actually not meant for believers; rather, it is Jesus’ teaching that should be regarded as important by us."

Top-performing schools overcoming contextual constraints by means of leadership

Charl Wolhuter, Leentjie van Jaarsveld, Branwen Challens Academic research 2018-09-18

"In handling and overcoming these contextual restraints, it is especially parental involvement and the mobilising of own resources that stand out. Furthermore, these schools capitalise on diversity and utilise religion in order to create social capital (of which there is such a dire shortage in South African society) and thus ensure moral stability."

Photography in Fees van die ongenooides by P.G. du Plessis

Johan Anker Academic research 2018-09-10

"One of the similarities between the author/narrator and the photographer is their freedom to choose what must be photographed and told, what context or caption to give. Their choice have an important influence on how much information a reader receives in order to make an interpretation, thereby becoming a co-interpreter of meaning in the photograph."

Critical reflections on Israel’s claim to land in Palestine

Sakkie Spangenberg Academic research 2018-09-06

"The biblical narrative obscures the violence and privation that Israeli methods of conquest, oppression and eradication have unleashed against Palestinians. The insistence on a biblical justification is again aimed at presenting Israeli violence as God-given and natural."

Analytical autoethnography as a reflective philosophical instrument: towards an ecology of distance learning

Louise Schmidt Academic research 2018-08-28

"In a world that is increasingly connected, where learning is more distributed and the internet has opened up possibilities of learning outside of formal structures, most distance learning universities will have to find new and innovative ways of communicating with students."

Ordering and healing in the becoming universe: The Biblical intertext in die poetry of Ina Rousseau

Lina Spies Academic research 2018-08-22

"The continuous theme in Die verlate tuin is unfulfilled man and woman’s futile desire for the fulfilment of their deepest needs, for an unscathed earth and a relationship of trust with God. By giving Biblical women poetic form, Rousseau specifically expresses female unfulfilment."

The difficulties of translating forms of address into Afrikaans in respect of Alan Paton’s Cry, the beloved country

Anné Engelbrecht Academic research 2018-08-16

"The distinction made in Afrikaans between the formal form of address 'u' and the informal form of address 'jy' causes the power relations that prevailed between white and black during apartheid to be placed in the forefront much more clearly than is the case in the source text."

A contemplative investigation into humour development, sense of humour and a few mechanisms underlying humour

Nandi Lessing-Venter Academic research 2018-08-16

"As discussed in this article, the development of children's cognitive abilities is associated with their ability to understand and appreciate humour. It was found that early verbal humour is dependent on the environment that children grow up in."