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ERIC Number: ED533547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Voices of Conflict: Students' and Lecturers' Perceptions of the Utility of the Bridging Program at University
Efiritha, Chauraya; Nogget, Matope; Nyevero, Maruzani
Online Submission, US-China Education Review A 4 p452-461 2012
Tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe face the daunting challenge of increased need for university education by students. In response to the challenge, universities in Zimbabwe embark on strategies that increase accessibility to university education by disadvantaged students. One way through which the Zimbabwean universities are addressing the challenge is the BP (Bridging Program). This paper evaluates the BP at a Zimbabwean university by exploring the perceptions and experiences of students who have entered the university through bridging, those who entered through direct entry, as well as those of the lecturers who teach them. The study explored their perceptions and experiences by means of qualitative direct interviews with both students and lecturers and also through a questionnaire to the students. The results indicated a noble purpose of the program, however, voices of conflict between students and lecturers, students and students, and lecturers and lecturers on the intellectual and social frames of the program. The paper made several recommendations, the key of which is the need to: keep the BP as a stopgap measure, financially support the BP and achieve institutional change to remove stigma attached to bridging, and also remove gender discrimination.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe