TD: 2013 Volume 9 No 1
- Constructing a diverse institutional binding / Tempelhoff, J
- Transdisciplinarity: two preliminary issues / Coletto, R
- The South African developmental landscape: restricted potentials or expansive, complex adaptive opportunities? / Burman, CJ; Mamabolo, R; Aphane, M; Lebese, P & Delobelle, P
- The perception of parents and teachers of the influence of yoga on the concentration and co-existing behaviour of learners with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) / Beart, K & Lessing, AC
- Together we can do more – environmental consciousness in the South African dam construction sector (1945-1980) / Van Vuuren, L
- The usefulness of academic performance feedback to primary and secondary schools / Scherman, V; Smit, B & Archer, E
- Establishing and maintaining international collaborative research teams: an autobiographical insight / Carr, TJ; Van der Walt, C; Watson, F & Linda, N
- South African music learners and psychological trauma: educational solutions to a societal dilemma / Swart, I
- Town engineers in South Africa before 1910, with reference to water supply / Mäki, H
- Dimensionality of interpersonal trust and its relationship to innovativeness / Heyns, MM & Jearey, AD
- Using perceptual control theory to analyse technology integration in teaching / Govender, DW
This issue of Td highlights a new direction for the journal. There are now two assistant editors who have volunteered to participate in the process of editing the journal. Prof. Jan Kroeze, an IT specialist of UNISA, has now been active in the field for more than three years. He has been instrumental in soliciting material in the field of computer science where transdisciplinarity and complexity studies have made rapid strides forward in recent years. In the course of 2013 Prof. Sechaba Mahlomaholo (UFS) offered his services. As educationist his contribution will focus increasingly on securing material for the journal in fields related to educational studies. Moreover, at the University of the Free State there will be a gathering of educational experts towards the end of the year. If all goes well a special issue of Td will be forthcoming dealing with: Social justice and the creation of learning environments: a transdisciplinary approach.
In an effort to promote transdisciplinary research we at Td would like to collaborate more with academics interested in developing interest groups across a broad spectrum of disciplines.
One of the major problems we currently experience is the paucity of academics to help with peer reviews of articles that sometimes tend to transcend disciplines. It is a pity when an editor is aware of ground-breaking work in a manuscript, but able reviewers are not readily available to evaluate the material. It is because of this situation that we welcome collaboration from academics offering their services in editorial activities.
Of particular importance in this edition of the journal is an article by Coletto dealing with philosophical issues related to our understanding of the sciences and the locations in which transdisciplinarity need to be sought and understood. Carr, Van der Walt, Wayson and Linda, in turn, make a contribution towards a better understanding of how to maintain research collaboration in an international research group. Burman et al., have taken a complexity route towards understanding the South African development landscape. Beart & Lessing share the perceptions of parents and teachers when learners with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder participate in yoga activities to remedy their conditions.
The work of young academics in this edition of Td comes highly recommended. The work of Swart on traumatised music learners in South Africa; Van Vuuren’s work on South Africa’s engineers and their environmentally-friendly approach towards dam construction in the post-World War 2 era; and Heyns and Jearey’s work on interpersonal trust and innovativeness, deserve mention.
Mature researchers such as Govender, Mäki respectively in the fields of education and water history also ply their trade with distinction and have some interesting insights to share with readers.
(2013)Contrary to the more traditional scenario of instructor-focused presentation, contemporary education allows individuals to embrace modern technological advances such as computers to concur with, conceptualize and ...
(NWU School of Basic Sciences, 2013)Companies striving for a competitive edge need to have insight into factors that best promote innovativeness. Our quantitative study explored the relationship between subdimensions of interpersonal trust and innovativeness ...
(2013)This article looks at the town engineers in South Africa prior to Union in 1910. It briefly examines the growth in the number of municipalities and town engineers in the country in this period and investigates the ...
South African music learners and psychological trauma: educational solutions to a societal dilemma (NWU School of Basic Sciences, 2013)Emotional trauma affects a large proportion of the South African population. This article addresses its influence on music learners, including its effects on brain development, relational development, learning and ...
Establishing and maintaining international collaborative research teams: an autobiographical insight (2013)Despite the growing impetus for international collaborative research teams (ICRT), there are relatively few resources available to guide and support researchers through the processes of establishing and maintaining ICRTs. ...
(2013)There has been an increased emphasis on providing schools with feedback on performance of learners with the aim of improving the quality of education. However, if feedback on learner performance is to be effectively used ...
Together we can do more – environmental consciousness in the South African dam construction sector (1945-1980) (2013)For several thousand years societies have diverted and dammed up rivers to meet their increasing water needs. The Industrial Revolution ushered in the modern era of water resource development, which has led to the ...
The perception of parents and teachers of the influence of yoga on the concentration and co-existing behaviour of learners with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (2013)This pilot study explores the perception of parents and teachers of the influence of yoga on the concentration and some co-existing behaviour of learners diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ...
The South African developmental landscape: restricted potentials or expansive, complex adaptive opportunities? (2013)This article argues that the South African developmental landscape is currently locked into an overly technical, path dependent paradigm that is unlikely to be capable of embracing the complex challenges identified by ...
(2013)Any discussion about transdisciplinarity presupposes some sort of recognition of the scientific disciplines and some agreement on how they are or should be grouped or classified. This article supplies a demarcation criterion ...