Faculty Humanities celebrate October graduates

Anjonet Jordaan -- Fri, 10/16/2015 - 15:15

Faculty Humanities celebrate October graduates

During the recent October graduations the Faculty of Humanities on the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle celebrated their PhD students’ success.

The Faculty of Humanities consists of four schools; they are the School of Basic Sciences, School of Education, School of Languages, and School of Behavioural Sciences.

Two students within the study field of education received their PhDs during the graduation. Mphikeleli Nhlapo completed his PhD in Education Management under the guidance of Prof Ike Xaba. His thesis explored the meaning and challenges of the principal’s school governance role.

Mphikeleli Nhlapo with his promoter Prof Ike Xaba
Mphikeleli Nhlapo with his promoter Prof Ike Xaba.

During his study he found that challenges of the principal’s governance role were largely symptoms of different emphases on the various governance functions listed in the Schools Act. As a result the governance mandate of promoting the best interest of the schools were translated into three essential elements namely, providing the school with a strategic direction, the school governing body being a critical friend to the school, and holding the school to account.

Isabel Payne-van Staden, who is also a lecturer at the School of Education Sciences, completed her PhD in Learner Support under the guidance of Profs Mirna Nel and Petra Engelbrecht. Her study investigated full-service school teachers’ self-efficacy within and inclusive education system.

Isabel  Payne-van Staden
Isabel Payne-van Staden

Through her study she explored factors that influence full-service school teachers’ sense of self-efficacy, enabling or disabling them to successfully implement inclusive education. From her research findings it was clear that sufficient knowledge about what inclusive education entails, intra- and inter-personal skills, as well as values that take the best interest of the learner in consideration, are essential for teachers to experience a high sense of self-efficacy in an inclusive education environment.

The School of Basic Sciences delivered a PhD graduate within the subject group history. Linda Brink completed her PhD under the guidance of Profs Johann Tempelhoff and JE van der Elst. Her thesis focused on the life, work and influence of FV Engelenberg in South Africa (1889 – 1938) within the former Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek in the latter half of the 19th century and the South African Union in the early 20th century.

Linda Brink with Vaal Triangle Campus Registrar, Elbie Steyn
Linda Brink with Vaal Triangle Campus Registrar, Elbie Steyn

Her work focused mostly on Engelenburg’s journalism career and the important role he played as editor of De Volksstem. She also explored his passion for the development and advancement of Afrikaans and Afrikaans academic culture.

The Faculty of Humanities also delivered 10 Master’s degree graduates during the October graduations.