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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

The Little Blue Scaffold

Jean Mollett, Jenny Hadingham.

This paper derives from the presentation that the authors made at the 2003 Learning Conference in London. What came out of that paper for us was the power of scaffolding in the University learning environment. This is particularly true in a country where the student population is diverse and has differing academic strengths and needs. In an attempt to demonstrate the importance of scaffolding, a little blue handbook was designed and written, containing descriptions, examples, summaries and other academic advice for students in the School of Molecular and Cell Biology. In addition to this, and in keeping with the perception of the ‘holistic’ approach to teaching and learning, we included a section directing students to a variety of support organisations and people for issues that could be of an academic or personal nature. In other words, our scaffold was designed to include both the academic and the emotional aspects of students’ lives. This paper analyses the effect that our ‘little blue scaffold’ has had on both students and lecturers in the School.


Jean Mollett  (South Africa)
Senior tutor in Genetics and Developmental Biology
School of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of the Witwatersrand

Jean Mollett’s main interests are innovative teaching methodologies for science students.
She has an MSc Degree from Stellenbosch University, South Africa (1989), is a lecturer in Genetics Department, Wits University (1995 – 2001) and a senior tutor in the School of Molecular and Cell Biology, Wits University (2002 – present).

Jenny Hadingham  (South Africa)
Academic Development Projects Co-ordinator
Centre for University Learning, Teaching and Development
University of the Witwatersrand

Jenny Hadingham ‘s interests lie in material design.
- MA (University of the Witwatersrand), 1998
ABET Certificate (UNISA), 1999
Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (University of the Witwatersrand), 2003.

  • Handbook as a Scaffold
  • ‘Holistic’ Students
  • Scaffolding

(Virtual Presentation, English)