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ERIC Number: EJ907487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1358-3883
Traversing the Chasm from School to University in South Africa: A Student Perspective
Wilson-Strydom, Merridy
Tertiary Education and Management, v16 n4 p313-325 Dec 2010
Under-preparedness of students entering university has become increasingly challenging as South African universities struggle to ensure student success where schooling no longer provides sufficient preparation for university. Understanding the gap between being eligible and being ready for university study is of critical importance. Using Conley's multidimensional module of college readiness, the perspectives of first-year students regarding their transition from school to university are explored. The paper argues that greatest difficulty is faced in the facets of academic behaviours and "university knowledge", and that one worrying coping mechanism is a growing acceptance of mediocrity or failure. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa