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Bruce Kloot

Bruce Kloot

About Bruce

Bruce is an Academic Development Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCT.

Education Research Focus

While Bruce has a general interest in academic development and has researched teaching and learning, tutoring, and student withdrawal, the main thrust of his research has to do with foundation programmes (also called ‘extended curriculum  programmes’). This includes an interest in their history and evolution, the educational philosophies underpinning them and an explicit focus on their sociological location. Indeed, the greatest part of Bruce's interest involves a sociological analysis of South African higher education which takes into account the political and economic forces impinging on higher education and the specific logic of higher education. Through this lens, foundation programmes emerge as a strategy of academic development as it sought (and still seeks) legitimation within the tertiary sector.

Selected Publications

  • Kloot, B., Case, J. M., & Marshall, D., 2008, ‘A critical review of the educational philosophies underpinning Science and Engineering foundation programmes’, South African Journal of Higher Education 22(4), 799–816.
  • Kloot, B., 2009, ‘Exploring the value of Bourdieu's framework in the context of institutional change’, Studies in Higher Education 34(4), 469–481.
  • Ahmed, N., Kloot, B. & Collier-Reed, B.I., 2014, ‘Why students leave engineering and built environment programmes when they are academically eligible to continue’, European Journal of Engineering Education, DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2014.928670.
  • Kloot B., 2014, ‘A historical analysis of academic development using the theoretical lens of Pierre Bourdieu’. British Journal of Sociology of Education, DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2013.868785.

Email: bruce.kloot@uct.ac.za

About Brandon

Brandon is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Deputy Dean of undergraduate education in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, at UCT. 

Education Research Focus Areas

Brandon Collier-Reed’s research shifted from a disciplinary focus to a teaching and learning focus during the late 1990's and when he was drawn into the teaching of an experientially-based first-year course in mechanical engineering. Drawing on his PhD in Engineering Education, his research looks to understand the student learning experience through the use of the methodological approach called phenomenography. This has recently been complemented by a focus on the sociocultural characterisation of the student experience. A further research area of interest is the technological literacy of adolescents. More recently, his focus has shifted to the influence of podcasting on student learning in engineering.

- See more at: http://mig.cree.uct.ac.za/node/26749#sthash.d7YLBkDE.dpuf

About Brandon

Brandon is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Deputy Dean of undergraduate education in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, at UCT. 

Education Research Focus Areas

Brandon Collier-Reed’s research shifted from a disciplinary focus to a teaching and learning focus during the late 1990's and when he was drawn into the teaching of an experientially-based first-year course in mechanical engineering. Drawing on his PhD in Engineering Education, his research looks to understand the student learning experience through the use of the methodological approach called phenomenography. This has recently been complemented by a focus on the sociocultural characterisation of the student experience. A further research area of interest is the technological literacy of adolescents. More recently, his focus has shifted to the influence of podcasting on student learning in engineering.

- See more at: http://mig.cree.uct.ac.za/node/26749#sthash.d7YLBkDE.dpuf