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Western Cape Doctoral School

Domestication of open educational resources by academics in an open distance e-learning institution of South Africa

Problem Statement: The emergence of open educational resources (OER) has gained popularity and acceptance in higher education institutions and beyond the basic education sector. This has brought a persistent shift in tuition and research provision. Higher education institution management and curriculum instructors are praising the existence of the OER initiative. In such a situation, the social capital has a role in promoting the adoption, development, and dissemination of OER.

Identifying and Exploring Key Principles of the Clown in Theatre – a practice-led approach

In this study, an artistic research methodology is employed to identify principles of clowning as they are practiced in contemporary clown training workshops, to then offer applications of these within a South African theatre context. Autoethnographic accounts and fictional narratives offer an exploration of the practice of clowning from a personal perspective in multiple roles as clown performer, student, educator and observer, supplemented by an interpretive analysis of existing literature.

The development of a contextually-appropriate measure of individual recovery for mental health service users in a South African context

Mental health is a crucial part of the overall wellbeing of persons. Recovery is increasingly recognised worldwide as an essential approach to mental health. In this study recovery is regarded as personal recovery, a multidimensional construct differing from remission. In high-income countries, the study of recovery has developed and expanded to raise individuals' awareness of, and involvement in, their own recovery and to change mental health services to have a recovery orientation.

The Determinants and Effects of Intra-Regional Coordination Between Firms in Southern and East Africa: A Comparative Analysis of the Cement and Fertiliser Industries

The standard competition economics literature on cartels has focused on their harmful effects in terms of prices and output, without extensive consideration of their intra-regional dimensions, the influence of political economy factors, and the implications of cartels that are put in place for industrial development purposes.

An intervention to reduce adolescent hookah pipe use and satisfy their basic psychological needs

Background: Adolescent hookah pipe use is a public health concern because it poses several health, environmental, and economic risks. Self-determination theory (SDT) posits that people are motivated to engage in certain behaviours in an attempt to satisfy their basic psychological needs (BPN). Aim: This study aimed to design an intervention to reduce adolescent hookah pipe use and satisfy their BPN.