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Gauteng Doctoral School

Exploring the use of Khelobedu as a medium of instruction in the Foundation Phase: A survey in Mopani District, Limpopo Province

Dialects such as Khelobedu are perpetually denied the chance to flourish and help promote the local culture and national identity through their use as a medium of instruction in the Foundation Phase classrooms of South Africa. As tools of communication, such dialects have the potential to be used as media of instruction in schools and contribute significantly to the development and education of learners who speak them.

The manipulation of language in E.D.M. Sibiya’s novels: a stylo-linguistic critique

The aim of this study is to investigate and critically appraise E.D.M. Sibiya’s manipulation of the isiZulu language in his novels. Sibiya has contributed greatly to the growth of isiZulu literature. Despite being an award-winning novelist, his works, particularly novels, have not received the amount of attention they deserve as there is relatively less research done on them. Most research on Sibiya’s novels has focused on literary elements such as characterisation and social ills as depicted by themes. There is very little that has been done on evaluating language in his novels.

English second language students’ perceptions and experiences of academic writing in a blended learning context: a survey of a South African technical and vocational education and technology college

This study aimed to examine the ESL students' perceptions and experience of academic writing with blended learning applications at a South African Technical and Vocational Education and Technology (TVET) college in the Western Cape. This study's aim was to come up with recommendations and interventions for improving the English academic writing skills of first-year students with blended learning applications and therefore the focus was on the students and their experiences. The study utilised a mixed-methods approach to obtain and analyse the data obtained from the study respondents.

Exploring the Experiences of the Elderly with the Utilisation of ICTs in Their Health and Social Care

Research shows that elderly people want to be loved, taken care of, and live close to their families, however, they are the most socially excluded people in society. As their well-being, quality of life, health, and social care are overlooked there is also a shortage of research in this field. The care that is traditionally administered by caregivers is deemed problematic and inadequate by some scholars and therefore it was said that information and communication technology (ICT) was employed and implemented in elderly care to improve it.

Food Security in Rural Areas: The Case of the Umkhanyakude District Municipality in the Northern Region of KwaZulu-Natal.

Studies on food security focusing on households began attracting considerable attention in the mid-1970s following a surge in the cost of food production and food prices. The surge in prices led to increasing percentage of food insecure households throughout the world. To address the growing number of people affected by hunger, countries sought to develop new technological techniques to produce food in large quantities particularly in the developing world. The thrust of the approach was to ensure the availability of food first.

An Evaluation of a School-Based Intervention for Adolescents Exposed to Domestic Violence

Numerous studies have indicated the detrimental effects of domestic violence exposure on children and adolescents. Evidence has shown that adolescent exposed to domestic violence present with poor psychosocial outcomes and negative gender attitudes which increase their propensity for becoming victims or perpetrators of domestic violence. These risk factors render them a vulnerable and an at-risk population. Effective interventions to address these risks that adolescents exposed to domestic violence present with are essential in the long-term fight against domestic violence.

Evaluating the practices of inclusive education in Secondary Schools of Lebopo Circuit: Asocial realist perspective

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the practices of inclusive education at secondary schools in the rural contexts. The study followed a qualitative approach to evaluate the practices of inclusive education using the social realist perspective. A case study research design was used with an interpretive paradigm to evaluate the daily practices of inclusive education. The population in this study consists of the teachers, the

Development and evaluation of an augmentative and alternative communication training for caregivers of young children in a low-income rural context of South Africa

Background: Training caregivers of young children with complex communication needs to implement augmentative and alternative communication methods has resulted in various communication gains for children. Such training may be a feasible, effective and socially valid way of improving children’s communication outcomes in contexts where access to rehabilitation professionals and resources is limited.

“Evaluating the usability and acceptability of a Youth-Friendly Internet-Enabled HIV risk calculator for young people living in Soweto, South Africa.

Mobile health (mHealth) is contributing positively towards HIV prevention for young people across the world. mHealth has the potential to enhance HIV prevention strategies by offering convenient, accessible and private HIV prevention services for young people.

Attitudes, behaviour and practices in the use of educational technology in mathematics teaching and learning

This study explored teachers’ and learners’ use of educational technology in mathematics teaching and learning environments. Mathematics is classified as one of the scarce skills subjects in South Africa. Any endeavour to try and improve the teaching and learning of mathematics is seen as a positive contribution towards mathematics education.