Natashia Muna

Natashia Muna
University of Cape Town | UCT · Center for Higher Education Development

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I coordinate the Faculty of Health Sciences Writing Lab; a writing centre that provides academic literacy support, teaching and capacity development for staff and students in Health Sciences. We offer consultations, workshops and develop educational resources on a variety of issues relating to academic communication. My research interests lie within the literacy practices of scientific disciplines and how the teaching and learning of these practices impacts upon student access and success.
Additional affiliations
January 2015 - present
University of Cape Town
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2014 - December 2014
Iziko South African Museum
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
January 2010 - June 2014
University of Cape Town
Field of study
  • Sociogenetics
April 2006 - December 2008
University of Cape Town
Field of study
  • Population Genetics
January 2005 - December 2005
Stellenbosch University
Field of study
  • Zoology

Publications

Publications (8)
Article
To become scientifically literate, students must learn to proficiently utilise and fluently integrate a suite of specialised and contextualised multimodal literacy practices. While the frequency of explicit reading and writing instruction in the sciences is increasing, the wider range of multimodal practices are often not adequately addressed. We e...
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This article describes, analyses, and reflects on the conceptualisation and establishment of a Writing Lab at a South African university's Faculty of Health Sciences. Drawing on the theoretical framework of New Literacy Studies, the academic literacies approach, and South African writing centre scholarship, the analysis revealed that the conceptual...
Presentation
In 2013 a literacies mapping project was conducted in the Faculty of Health Sciences which found that, although there was some teaching of literacy practices in individual courses, overall there was a lack of structured, consistent, accessible support within the faculty. While most universities have writing centres, few have faculty-based centres w...
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The retention and success of students from under-represented groups in University science programmes remains a global issue. Despite increased enrolments, these students still have the greatest rate of attrition. One of the factors that affect success is an inability to navigate the specialized literacies required within the culture of science. Her...
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Most universities have writing centres as part of their student support services, however very few have faculty-based writing centres, which can offer specialised and embedded academic literacies support. In 2013 a literacies mapping project in the Faculty of Health Sciences indicated that, although teaching of some literacy practices was embedded...
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Internationally, there has been increasing emphasis on the teaching of the academic literacies, particularly reading and writing, in higher education institutions. However, recent research is highlighting the need for more explicit teaching of multimodal forms of communication, such as the visual literacies, in undergraduate courses in a wide range...
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The southern harvester termite, Microhodotermes viator, is ecologically important due to its nutrient cycling activities and trophic interactions. Additionally, M. viator appears to have very long-lived colonies, which amplifies their effect on the environment. In order to estimate the longevity of a colony it is necessary to understand colony gene...

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Projects (3)
Project
Understand the writing practices from an Academic Literacies perspective in the Health Sciences