Teaching Experiences of Black Women Academics at an ODeL Institution in South Africa (72975)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Calvin Walton

Friday, 22 September 2023 09:30
Session: Session 1
Room: Sants
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

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This paper is based on a study that explored factors and challenges that Black women academics experienced at an ODeL institution in South Africa. Africana womanism theory propounded by Hudson Weems underpinned this study. Data was collected by using in-depth phenomenological interviews, narrative enquiry design and open-ended questions. The narratives from four Black academic women were analysed by using the qualitative inductive thematic analysis. The findings revealed that Black women academic lecturers faced challenges in the teaching and learning area. They had no ownership of modules that they taught because they were not primary lectures. They experienced racism and alienation from both Black and White academics that have long been at this institution. White staff questioned their qualifications and, they received no orientation in the teaching of ODL modules. There were challenges concerning the supervision of postgraduate students and writing for publication. They received less support from senior colleagues and from their supervisors in their personal studies. Although they had general concerns about the previous mentorship programme, they commended the recent one. The study argued that Black academic women should be allocated as Primary lecturers of Modules and that academic support programmes that would cater for staff over the age of 50 be introduced because the current programmes mainly cater for those below 50 years of age.

Khabonina Nkumane, Unisa, South Africa

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Khabonina Nkumane is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at UNISA in South Africa

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