Academic research

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

Lecture podcasts in English and Afrikaans: A more inclusive strategy

Janus van As Academic research 2020-06-10

"From the data analysis it can be inferred that, in an ideal world, students would prefer instruction in their home or first language but, as students indicated, since most learning resources, such as textbooks, YouTube videos, journal articles and websites are in English, it involved more work to study in Afrikaans."

A critical consideration of Winfried Lüdemann’s theorisation about a musical dialogue of reconciliation 

Etienne Viviers Academic research 2020-05-25

"With his theorisation about a musical dialogue of reconciliation, Lüdemann formulates a methodology – or even a blueprint – of social cohesion that propagates the organised protection of post-apartheid South Africa’s music-cultural diversity."

What is citizenship education meant to “fix” and what are the aims of this subject?

Hannes van der Walt Academic research 2020-05-21

"In essence, CE is a specialised form of pedagogy aimed at equipping young people for their total existence and functioning as integral future members of their communities, nation-states, political regions and the wider world."

Reading the Bible with simplicity: Francis of Assisi’s (c. 1181–1226) spiritual reading of the Bible

Artemisa C Rodrigues Academic research 2020-05-12

"Francis’s approach to the Bible is mirrored in his approach to life. Francis admonished people to live with simplicity and even in poverty, and thus the Bible should also be read in a simple manner."

Postcolonial leadership? The challenges facing a new generation of theologians

Ian Nell Academic research 2020-04-29

"Leadership in Christian faith communities is inherently a spiritual matter and therefore leaders should not take lightly the power they have to influence others’ behaviour and actions."

The role and experiences of teachers in the development of health literacy in secondary schools

Marijke den Hond, Mariëtte Koen Academic research 2020-04-29

"This period and environment decidedly offer ideal opportunities to stimulate critical thinking and to focus learners’ attention on cultivating sound health literacy practices."

Is illness God’s punishment? Theological perspectives from the Bible and the Apocrypha

Chris L. de Wet Academic research 2020-04-23

"It is asked what the possible impact of these biblical views might be on society today, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath."

Omnium expetendorum prima est sapientia: Hugo of Saint-Victor (1097–1141) and the problem of hyperspecialisation in the contemporary concept of science

Johann Beukes Academic research 2020-04-09

"The problem of hyperspecialisation in contemporary science is critically interpreted within this historical framework, with reference to hyperspecialisation as tempo-intensified specialisation, as the logical consequence of inductive specialisation and as focused on the prioritisation of the mechanical."

Contextual influences on school principals: A case study in Gauteng schools

Nico Botha Academic research 2020-04-06

"Principals, as education leaders, are entering an unknown future, but they must nevertheless be clear about the outcomes that they are striving for."

Postcolonial feminism in Afrikaans poetry: The debuts of Ronelda S. Kamfer, Shirmoney Rhode and Jolyn Phillips

Marni Bonthuys Academic research 2020-03-26

"Not only do these voices speak for themselves in own, individualised terms, they introduce a feminist approach to Afrikaans poetry which gives a voice to marginalised women from all races."

Appraising internal controls, the gatekeeper that prevents fraud during the tender stage of procurement cycles

Jan Venter, Hennie Lochner, Juanida Horne Academic research 2020-03-24

"This article is intended to demonstrate that fraud is committed in the procurement cycle when internal controls are sidestepped or when the internal control system in an organisation is ineffective."

The evaluation of organisational culture and leadership as building blocks of strategic management with a view to optimising service delivery in the South African Police Service

Johan van der Merwe, Johan van Graan Academic research 2020-03-24

"The vision, mission and values statement of the SAPS clearly indicates that the police must be transformed into an organisation that delivers accountable service and is bound to act within the values of a democratic society."

Personal-name-giving among the Xhosa speakers of South Africa

Bertie Neethling Academic research 2020-03-18

"As the name carriers grow up, they become aware of the positive qualities their names represent, and strive towards fulfilling those qualities."

A life buoy environment for successful learning of matric learners in conditions of multiple deprivation

Hettie van der Merwe Academic research 2020-03-09

"Research findings elicited details of learners’ debilitating home and environmental conditions and of the teaching and learning actions by the school management team and teachers to prepare matric learners adequately for the final examination."

Relational well-being of adolescents in a South African high-risk community 

Odette Geldenhuys, Izanette van Schalkwyk Academic research 2020-03-05

"Although adolescents have a good idea of healthy relationships, they described positive interactions mostly in terms of the absence of dysfunctional behaviour or relational abuse, such as violence."

The influence of place and space on the identity construction of female migrants within the South African context with reference to Zebra crossing (2013) by Meg Vandermerwe

Marietjie Lambrechts Academic research 2020-02-24

"What becomes clear from the article is that the effect of migration penetrates and influences the intimate dimensions of women migrants’ personal lives."

Community translation. Plain language for the retranslation of a banking text

Adriaan Cupido, Harold Lesch Academic research 2020-02-19

“If clients do not understand the documents they receive, they are not in a position to make informed decisions, or to participate actively in society.”

A critical look at 21st-century teaching and learning from a teacher and learner perspective

Marné Pedro, Michele van der Merwe Academic research 2020-02-18

“Teachers should engage learners in collaborative learning exercises and use technology to create new, previously unimagined tasks and to support collaborative, constructive and authentic learning experiences.”

The realisation of lexical cohesion: A corpus linguistic study of Afrikaans-speaking grade 6 and grade 9 learners’ writing

Nadine Fouché, Jako Olivier Academic research 2020-02-11

“The creation of cohesive texts, as effected by making use of various cohesion markers (not solely lexical cohesion), should be encouraged in the classroom because cohesive texts are texts of which the various parts fit together.”

Quality reporting in the satellite office of a South African daily newspaper 

Susan Cilliers, Thalyta Swanepoel Academic research 2020-02-05

“Newspapers’ declining circulation figures have led to smaller newsrooms where a handful of journalists often, at greater speeds, have to produce news for online platforms while catering to the expectations of increasingly involved audiences and maintaining high-quality output.”