Academic research

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

The leadership styles of principals of academically performing schools and the impact thereof on the school climate

Leentjie van Jaarsveld, Branwen Challens, Charl Wolhuter Academic research 2018-12-04

"The leadership style determines the attitude of the educators and learners, which, in turn, affects the climate of the school."

Multimodal idiolectal language use and authorship verification: a corpus analysis of Joan Hambidge’s idiolect across the borders of genres

Mariska Nel, Jako Olivier Academic research 2018-12-04

"It can therefore be said without a doubt that Hambidge has a unique multimodal idiolect functioning across the boundaries of genres. Furthermore, the methodology followed in this article presents a possible set of variables to be used in similar comparisons between texts in terms of the verification of authors."

The Battle of the Chambinga, 9 and 11 November 1987: a tactical and operational analysis

Leopold Scholtz Academic research 2018-11-28

"Previous analyses of the two battles held that the commander of the main attack force, Commandant Leon Marais, was not vigorous enough, and that this allowed the enemy to escape. New information from a published and translated Soviet source, however, indicates that 16 Brigade had been so damaged that it could no longer function as a coordinated formation under a single command."

The role of political parties and elections in consolidating democracy in societies, with special reference to contemporary South Africa

Chris Nelson Academic research 2018-11-25

"The negative experiences by millions of voters in democratic systems worldwide as a result of the actions by political parties during and in the aftermath of elections have also led to an alienation between electorates, parties and elections. This development is also discernible in contemporary South Africa."

Silent prayer and creativity: To create out of silence

Johann Rossouw Academic research 2018-11-20

"In this article the relationship between artistic creativity and hesychast prayer in the Orthodox Christian tradition is examined within the context of a broader consideration of art as a means of spiritual elevation in the contemporary world."

Socmint: The monitoring of social media for community safety purposes within a big data framework in South Africa with specific reference to Orania

Burgert A Senekal Academic research 2018-11-14

"The current article discusses Socmint against the background of big data with specific reference to how it can be applied to enhance community safety in Orania."

A study on the use of cultural-orientated, task-based vocabulary lessons for Afrikaans language acquisition students

Elbie Adendorff, Mari Koegelenberg Academic research 2018-11-12

"This article covers a preliminary investigative study on the incorporation and the use of culture in a task-based class for first-year Afrikaans language acquisition students."

Can a trust institute a defamation action? An exploratory investigation

Danie Kloppers, Henk Kloppers Academic research 2018-11-07

"The action for defamation can be extended to trusts in two ways: through statutory intervention or through judgments of the high courts. It is argued that the latter is preferable, because statutory changes take time and may result in some undesired effects."

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."