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University of Cape Town

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.

Museums and the construction of race ideologies: The case of natural history and ethnographic Museums in South Africa

This enquiry investigates the entanglement of the Natural History and Ethnographic museums in the construction of racist ideologies, the perpetuation of colonial reasoning and its continuities in South Africa today. It draws our attention to the fact that the museological institution was complicit and colluded in the perpetuation of colonial “crimes against humanity”, thereby rendering its own institutionality a colonial “crime scene” that requires rigorous “de-colonial” investigation in the “post-colonial” era.

The Tyranny of Timespace Examining the timetable of schooling activities as the interface between policy and everyday rhythms

This thesis seeks to understand the role of school timetables as an interface between policies that regulate or distribute forms of capital to schools, and their teaching and learning rhythms. By doing so, it proposes a mechanism for examining the reproduction of schooling practices, and how these are grounded in policy-regulated materiality.

An investigation of the relationship between mental health and recidivism among incarcerated youth offenders in South Africa: The role of substance use

Theoretical models of crime underlying the deterrent approach to crime control often fail to account for the role of mental health in mediating deviance. Nor does this approach account for the role of system responses, unique to a post-apartheid context. There is paucity in the literature on the role of mental health on recidivism in South Africa. This study was therefore designed to determine the relationship between mental health and recidivism among incarcerated youth offenders in South Africa and the role of substance use.

Understanding father involvement in the education of Learners with intellectual disabilities in a special school in Kenya: A case study

There are known benefits of father involvement in a child’s life, such as positively affecting the child’s life prospects, academic achievement, physical and emotional health as well as linguistic, literary and cognitive development. In African settings, fathers are traditionally the heads of families and the main decision makers in matters like the education of their children.

A Critical Re-Appraisal of Vernacularisation in the Emergence and Conceptualisation of Community Bylaws on Child Marriage and Other Harmful Practices in Rural Malawi

The thesis addresses the question: how have international human rights norms for protecting women and girls from harmful practices influenced and shaped the emergence and conceptualisation of community bylaws for addressing child marriage and other harmful practices affecting women in rural Malawi?

(Re)constructing the African notion of girls’ readiness for marriage: insights from rural Malawi

This ethnographic study is concerned with examining how communities in Chauma of Dedza district in Malawi construct “girls’ readiness for marriage” as the immediate lens through which child marriage can be understood. The social label of girls’ readiness for marriage refers to the complex constructions of notions of girlhood and girls’ sexuality, conscious and subconscious, that define the maturity of girls to enter marital arrangements.