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The historical development of supplemental instruction: a case study at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)

De Beer, Karel; Esterhuizen, Henry; Baird, Nico

Abstract:

The former Technikon Free State, now the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), was concerned about the academic achievements of students and decided to introduce a programme to enhance the outcomes of student learning. The then Technikon initially identified weak performers and advised/compelled them to attend special classes.  This programme proved to be unsuccessful due to the potential stigma to the so called “dumb” students attending special classes.  So the Technikon commenced with its first research initiatives to implement supplemental instruction (SI) in 1993, in collaboration with the Bureau for Academic Development of the University of the Free State.  The founders of SI, Profs Diana Martin and Robert Blanc of the University of Kansas City in Missouri, USA, presented demonstrations at joint workshops and also invited attendees to attend SI workshops in the USA.  Subsequently the author, followed up the matter and on his return to Bloemfontein to implement the Rbert Blanc guidelines for SI at the former technikon.  Soon permission was granted to implement SI at this institution in 1994.  Over the last decade, a distinct development line in SI took place at the CUT.  It developed according to the original principles of the Blanc model with specific customised (read Africanised) incentives.  Currently, the Instructional Designer at the Centre For E-Learning and Technological Education (CELET), added a new dimension to the concept of SI, namely to record SI lectures for discussion afterwards.

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Title of Paper: The historical development of supplemental instruction: a case study at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)
Publisher: Unpublished


Date:2006
Document Type:Other
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Higher Education, Student Learning, Learning Difficulties, South Africa


File Size:207 KB
Rights:Author self-archived.
Date Added:27 September 2007


De Beer, Karel; Esterhuizen, Henry; Baird, Nico (2006). The historical development of supplemental instruction: a case study at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)