Prof Willem Schurink, Sumari O'Neil, Evanthe Schurink, Dawie Roux and Rolf Schurink
A unique interactive e-learning site for qualitative research has been developed and will be facilitated by two seasoned researchers, Prof Schurink and Evanthe Schurink who have been involved in qualitative research for more than 30 years. To date, Prof Schurink has supervised 35 PhD students. Our interest and expertise lie in developing qualitative research methodology. The main aim of the site is to help students to conduct qualitative research of a high standard, by providing them with the knowledge and skills needed, as well as a supportive and stimulating environment where emerging approaches, current debates and new developments in qualitative research will be addressed.
We are therefore inviting you to visit our e-learning site, no matter if you have excellent knowledge of qualitative research or not. Our passion in life is to help students and researchers to develop a real understanding and love of qualitative research. Our 30+ years’ journey as qualitative researchers into the experiential worlds of people has changed our lives and altered our life courses in many ways. To have had the opportunity to get immersed in the lives of people through qualitative research was an enriching experience. We therefore hope that being part of this group you will have the same wonderful experiences in doing qualitative research.
It is our sincere wish that belonging to this group would help you to foster an understanding of issues involved in the qualitative research, and develop the critical and reflective skills needed to write a dissertation. We would also like to encourage you to communicate your ideas, reflect on what you have learned and invite and assist other students to share this exciting journey with you.
First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins - 17/04/2014
All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
The world beyond 2015 – is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
‘We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that.’ This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.
Record number of post-graduate degrees for UP’s Class of 2013 - 16/04/2014
The Autumn 2014 graduation figures for the University of Pretoria (UP) confirm that the institution which last year was ranked among the Top 500 universities globally by the prestigious QS World Ranking of Universities, is on track to deliver on its vision of being a leading research-intensive university. A record 4214 post-graduate degrees are being awarded across its nine faculties and business school.
Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva - 15/04/2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
Study asks for ban on 4x4s in protected areas - 15/04/2014
Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is underestimated, long term – between 5 and 1000 years - and mostly irreversible. Due to their negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.