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ERIC Number: EJ1153135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
"Inhloso Kanye Bizo": Exploring South African University Students' Conceptions and Enactment of Purpose
Mason, Henry D.
Journal of Moral Education, v46 n3 p272-282 2017
This article reports a qualitative study that explored South African conceptions and enactment of life purpose. Data collected using semi-structured interviews with 25 first-year university students (female = 56%, age range = 18-25) offer a unique insight into African young adults' conceptions of life purpose. From a phenomenological analysis emerged interconnected themes that show these participants' thoughts about purpose reflect an African worldview: a purposeful life involves ethical living in the present that contributes to one's family's and community's collective future not just one's own individualistic needs; and purpose is a spiritual endeavor connecting a person to God that lives with and among people. Although these college students gave conceptions of purpose, most had not manifested those purposes into action. Educational implications focus on how universities may have an opportunity to help students find venues to engage their purposes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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