Tracking the policy literacy journey of students in a postgraduate diploma course in disability and rehabilitation studies


Health and/or rehabilitation practitioners have to interact with policy decisions. Ideally, they need to be able to understand policies and to engage with them, however, practitioners are often not aware of policies and of how to engage with them. As a post graduate unit with a mandate to develop programmes that respond to practice needs, this article reports on the development of a policy analysis module as part of the Post Graduate Diploma in Disability and Rehabilitation Studies. In this article we report on the development of the module, the approach taken, and on student responses to the module. The course journey of enrolled students is narrated, highlighting the encouragement of student engagement and peer feedback as key to improved learning and understandings in higher education. Facilitators’ use of didactic approaches that centre students and participatory learning seem equally important for meaningful learning.

Author Biographies

L.Y. Ned, Stellenbosch University
Occupational Therapist (BSc OT, UWC) with an MPhil in Disability Studies (UCT) and a PhD in Health Sciences Rehabilitation (SU). She is a Lecturer at the Centre for Disability Rehabilitation Studies within the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University.
C. Ohajunwa, Stellenbosch University

Chioma Ohajunwa has a Bachelor of Education with Honours (B.Ed hons) in Special Education from the University of Ibadan (1994) and an MPhil in Disability Studies from the University of Cape Town (2012). She is a lecturer and recently completed her PhD on Indigenous Spirituality and Wellbeing at the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies at the University of Stellenbosch.

R. Luger, Stellenbosch University
Rosemary Luger graduated as an Occupational Therapist (BSc OT) at the University of Cape Town in 2001 and completed her Masters in Human Rehabilitation Studies at Stellenbosch University in 2015. She consults for various non-profit organisations in Cape Town and assists on an ad hoc basis at the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies at Stellenbosch University
M. Geiger, Stellenbosch University
Martha Geiger is a registered Speech-Language Therapist and has a PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Cape Town. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University and also consults for various non-profit organisations.


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How to Cite
Ned, L.Y., C. Ohajunwa, R. Luger, and M. Geiger. 2020. “Tracking the Policy Literacy Journey of Students in a Postgraduate Diploma Course in Disability and Rehabilitation Studies”. South African Journal of Higher Education 34 (3), 229-45.
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