Developing an Indigenous Graduate Research Supervision Culture in an Open and Distance e-Learning Environment. Lessons from an ODeL Programme

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2022-09
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Kasozi, Joseph Amooti
Seeletso, Mmabaledi
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Inspiring Innovations // Most students in the Master’s in Education- Educational Leadership (MEdEL) at a medium sized Open and distance e-learning institution have successfully completed their programme within the stipulated five years with the average being two to three years. It is postulated that this could be because the supervision of their research is anchored on the philosophy of ubuntu which is an indigenous education philosophy that is gaining traction among African scholars. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the philosophy of ubuntu guides MEdEL students and supervisors in developing the research dissertation. The research objectives were; an analysis the extent to which MEdEL students and supervisors are aware of Ubuntu as an educational philosophy, the extent to which MEdEL research supervisors adhere to the guiding principles of ubuntu when they supervise student dissertations and, recommendations on how ubuntu principles can be incorporated in the research supervision of graduate students in an Open and Distance electronic Learning (ODeL) environment. A mixed methods approach was used in the design, collection and analysis of data using an online questionnaire for students and supervisees, face to face and written interviews of supervisors, and the analysis of literature and key documents associated with the supervision of dissertations. Key data sources included graduate and current students of the MEdEL; research supervisors and literature on ubuntu as an educational philosophy. // Paper ID 425
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Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), Online Learning, Open and Distance Learning (ODL), Higher Education
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Botswana
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Africa
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