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Title: Workshop Interventions to facilitate students’ access to knowledge: A dental technology case study
Authors: Vahed, Anisa 
Cruickshank, Gillian 
Keywords: Epistemological Access;Literacy Practices;Co-constructivism;Higher Education
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Kamla-Raj Enterprises
Source: Vahed, A. and Cruikshank, G. 2014. Workshop Interventions to Facilitate Students’ Access to Knowledge: A Dental Technology Case Study. International Journal of Educational Sciences. 7(2): 375-384.
Journal: International journal of educational sciences (Delhi) (Print) 
The higher education landscape in South Africa has changed dramatically over the last two decades. The types, size and shape of tertiary institutions were reconfigured. Concomitantly the intake of students also changed, resulting in a large number of students coming from the previously disadvantaged communities who are deemed as being underprepared. Challenges were posed to educators and learners. First-year students in the Dental Technology programme at the Durban University of Technology struggle to cope with the transition from secondary school life into higher education. With this in mind, two workshops involving activities and tasks were designed to enable students to gain awareness of the academic and social practices of Dental Technology. An interpretive research design and an action research case study strategy were adopted. Data gathered by means of questionnaires, a focus group interview, and direct observations via video recordings were used. Further expansion and incorporation of using workshops to access knowledge in the curriculum is recommended by the authors.
ISSN: 0975-1122
Appears in Collections:Research Publications (Health Sciences)

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