African Doctoral Academy
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Joint ​Schools in Africa

Unive​​​rsity of Lagos and Stellenbosch University 2019​

Registration now op​en

The University of Lagos is excited to announce the inaugural Joint Doctoral School with Stellenbosch Univeristy (South Africa) with the theme: Undertaking a doctorate – what to know at the beginning about your research.

The Joint Doctoral School will take place from 18 - 22 November with Professor Folasade Ogunsola, Deputy Vice Chancellor,  Development Services, University of Lagos as the Convener for University of Lagos. ​The workshop will be presented by Prof Sarah Howie from the Africa Centre for Scholarship (ACS, SU), and Dr Ruth Albertyn at the Centre for Higher and Adult Education (CHAE, SU) at Stellenbosch University. They will be supported by other faculty members from the University of Lagos, as well as Corina du Toit, the Programme Manager at the African Doctoral Academy (ADA, SU).

The closing date for applications is 8 November 2019: The Course information, application link and workshop information are all listed below.

Workshop Information​​

Course: Undertaking a doctorate - what to know at the beginning about your research​

Prof Sarah Howie (Stellenbosch University) & Dr Ruth Albertyn (Stellenbosch University) and colleagues from University of Lagos.
​18 - 22 November 2019​
​Target audience

Masters students at the end of their degree considering pursuing a Phd; Candidates who already have a Masters degree or PhD candidates who are currently preparing for their PhD or in the early phases of their PhD.

Course Description​

The Joint Doctoral School provides an overview of what a PhD student may expect when entering into doctoral studies, as well as, providing insight into the fundamentals of the research process.

The School will start on the first day with examining the preparation for undertaking a PhD, for instance, what is the plan for the PhD; what is expected of a PhD candidate; what are the elements of a successful thesis and how do these play out in writing the proposal; and  how does one plan for the PhD.
This is followed by how to write a research proposal and further analysing what are the elements of a successful proposal and how does this compare with other research mechanisms for different purposes and audiences. A critical need of all PhD candidates is to understand the chain of reasoning in research and how this relates to different types of research approaches, designs and methods. It is also important to gain insight into the advantages and disadvantages of various designs and how to find alternative methods. Ethical research is fundamental and therefore the ethics related to research will also be addressed.

Finally, the School will address the specific designs and methods pertaining to Qualitative and Quantitative research.  In this last section, selected common designs, data collection methods, data analysis methods as well as the methodological norms (e.g.: validity and reliability/trustworthiness) will be presented and discussed. Writing up the research methodology is often daunting for new researchers and therefore some tips will be given relating to the structure and contents of the methodology chapter, justifying different methods and being able to Identify and write about limitations in methodology will be included.

Course Outcomes

B​y the end of the School, participants should be able to

  • ​Understand the doctoral process, ‘doctorateness’ and have a realistic idea of what is expected.

  • Have insight into the elements of a successful thesis

  • Understand the chain of reasoning and research logic in relation to their topic/study

  • ​Apply their understanding to writing a research proposal

  • Have a global understanding of the various research approaches, designs and methods available

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of certain approaches and designs

  • Have an overview of the process and requirements of doing doctoral research

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Applications are now open for the Joint Doctoral School opportunity. Delegates will be awarded the opportunity to attend the workshop following a competitive selection process.  Applications close 8 November 2019.
Facilitators from Stellenbosch Unviersity

Prof Sarah Howie, obtained her PhD at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and is the founding Director of the Africa Centre for Scholarship and Professor at Stellenbosch University. She was also the Founding Director of the Centre for Assessment and Evaluation, a research centre at the Un​iversity of Pretoria (2002-2017). She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a nationally rated researcher

Her interests are in research methodology, large-scale international comparative surveys and assessment.  She has designed and managed many research projects, led over 70 research projects and served as principal investigator in internationally collaborative projects over the ​​past 25 years. She has authored numerous articles, chapters and research reports and is a member of a number of Editorial Boards including the Oxford Review of Education.

She has served on international committees designing research instruments for International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) Progress in International Reading literacy Study (2011, 2015), Program in Student Assessment (PISA 2015, 2018) and frameworks for Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2018. She has extensive experience in training and working with postgraduate students and researchers in capacity development in research methodology and career development including working on SANTRUST in Ethiopia and teaching in Albania, Kenya, Mozambique, Russian Federation, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Zambia.​

Dr Ruth Albertyn is an academic research and development consultant in the field of doctoral education, postgraduate supervision, research methodology and academic writing. She graduated from Stellenbosch University with a Master's (Cum Laude) and her PhD was awarded in 2000. She is a research associate in the Centre for Higher and Adult Education in the Faculty of Education and a research fellow at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

After three years as researcher and facilitator in a rural community health project, she lectured and supervised postgraduate students in the faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape over a seventeen year period. She currently teaches research methodology in various disciplines and supervises students on a Master's and doctoral level. She is involved in research and development capacity development workshops for academics at various universities in South Africa. She has been an external examiner for theses and dissertations and has published articles/book chapters in the field of adult and higher education both nationally and internationally.

She has won awards for teaching, research, and in 2012 she obtained the Emerald literati award for outstanding review of an article in the International Journal for Researcher Development. 

Her current research focus is on doctoral education, postgraduate supervision and researcher development. She has co-edited three scholarly books: Pushing boundaries in postgraduate supervision for supervisors, students and institutions (2014); Knowledge as enablement: Higher Education engagement in the third sector in South Africa (2015) and Postgraduate supervision: Future foci for the knowledge society (2016).