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ERIC Number: EJ1171851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1814-6627
Perceptions of Early Adolescent Setswana-Speaking Learners of Respect in the Educator-Learner Relationship
Johnson, Zena; Jacobs, Susanne; van Schalkwyk, Izanette
Africa Education Review, v15 n1 p192-206 2018
This exploratory research focused on describing Setswana-speaking early adolescents' perceptions of respect in educator-learner relationships in the South African context. A lack of mutual respect obstructs adolescents' freedom to pursue personal goals in South Africa's school communities. Adding to this incongruity is the isolating of relational well-being and academic excellence. A qualitative research paradigm, using a single exploratory case study design in an English primary public school in Johannesburg, Gauteng, was used. Ten learners, black Setswana-speaking South Africans, participated. Findings indicate that: (1) the need to belong is paramount to respect; (2) early adolescents need a "parent figure" modelling respect; (3) positive emotions facilitate respect when learners feel valued, and cared for; and (4) an educator who shows respect, ignites reciprocity, thus demonstrating respectful communication within a secure structure and encourages academic excellence. These experiences are indicative of a positive spiral toward flourishing educator-learner relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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