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Liversage, Lindi; Naudé, Luzelle; Botha, Anja – Teaching in Higher Education, 2018
In this study, black South African first-generation students' experiences related to identity development during their first year at a higher education institution were explored. Chickering and Reisser's [1993. "Education and Identity." 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass] seven-vector identity development theory served as overarching…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Reflection, College Freshmen, African American Students
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Ramnarain, Umesh; Ramaila, Sam – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
This study investigated the self-efficacy of first-year Chemistry students at a South African university. The research involved a quantitative survey of 333 students using the College Chemistry Self-Efficacy Scale (CCSS) developed by Uzuntiryaki and Capa Aydin (2009). Descriptive statistics on data for the CCSS scales suggested that students have…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Self Efficacy, College Freshmen, Science Instruction
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Reyneke, Fransonet; Fletcher, Lizelle; Harding, Ansie – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2018
The study in this paper reports on whether an online homework system in combination with a flipped classroom has a positive effect on success rates of first year statistics students. Departing from a traditional teaching model (Baseline), the technology-based intervention strategies implemented were firstly the Aplia™ interactive online homework…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Statistics, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction
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Oyedemi, Toks; Mogano, Saki – Africa Education Review, 2018
Considering the importance of digital skills in university education, this article reports on a study which examined access to technology among first year students at a rural South African university. The study focused on the digital readiness of students prior to their admission to the university, since many universities provide access to…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Access to Computers, Access to Information, College Freshmen
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Manià, Kirby; Mabin, Linda Kathleen; Liebenberg, Jessica – Cambridge Journal of Education, 2018
This paper reflects on the teaching of science fiction texts to first-year engineering students at the University of the Witwatersrand as part of a Critical Thinking course that uses literature as a vehicle through which to develop competence in critical literacy and communication. This course aims to equip engineering students, as future…
Descriptors: Science Fiction, Engineering Education, Teaching Methods, College Freshmen
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Mkonto, Nosisana – Africa Education Review, 2018
This article explores first-year students' motivation for attending peer-facilitated learning (PFL) sessions at a University of Technology, and how they benefit from it. Studies have shown better academic performance for students attending PFL sessions; however, little attention has been dedicated to questioning what else outside of subject…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Student Motivation, College Freshmen, Facilitators (Individuals)
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Jama, Mpho Priscilla – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2018
The highest attrition rates occur among first-year students. Universities have designed different curricular programmes, such as the development of generic skills, to address this challenge. In the medical school at the University of the Free State in South Africa, these skills were incorporated in the MBChB curriculum as an eight credit-bearing…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, Medical Education, Medical Schools, Foreign Countries
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Pather, Subethra; Dorasamy, Nirmala – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2018
The widening of access into higher education institutions in South Africa has rapidly transformed the student population to become more diverse. Students vary in age, race, culture, backgrounds, educational experiences, academic potential and university expectations. Widening university access with the commensurate need for success requires…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Expectation
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Schlebusch, Carlie L. – Africa Education Review, 2018
Notwithstanding the benefits that information and communications technology (ICT) offers to learning processes, the majority of learners in rural and township areas in South Africa either do not have access to computers and the internet, or they lack sufficient skills to exploit the benefits of ICT. This lack of skills and access to computers may…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Computer Attitudes, Anxiety
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McKay, Tracey; Naidoo, Anban; Simpson, Zach – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2018
Amongst the first of the challenges facing prospective first-year university students is the need to procure funding for their studies. Indeed, demand for funding for students to access higher education far exceeds supply in South Africa. One solution has been the creation of a government loan scheme, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, College Freshmen, Foreign Countries, College Administration
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Paideya, Vino; Dhunpath, Rubby – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2018
This article interrogates an Academic Monitoring and Support system (AMS), which was designed to enhance first-year student progression at a South African University. Institutional research evidence produced through engagement with AMS practitioners and university leadership, analysed through the lens of Systems Thinking, reveals a…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Student Personnel Services, College Freshmen, Outcomes of Education
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Kritzinger, Angelique; Lemmens, Juan-Claude; Potgieter, Marietjie – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
Higher education faces the challenge of high student attrition, which is especially disconcerting if associated with low participation rates, as is the case in South Africa. Recently, the use of learning analytics has increased, enabling institutions to make data-informed decisions to improve teaching, learning, and student success. Most of the…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Biology, Science Instruction, Dropouts
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Papageorgiou, Elmarie; Callaghan, Chris William – Accounting Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate the potentially gendered influence of experienced parental authority style on individual accounting students' academic performance at a large South African university. Data were collected from first-year accountancy students and 953 usable responses were analysed using structural equation modelling.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Parenting Styles, Gender Differences
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Cloete, Melanie – Accounting Education, 2018
Empirical evidence highlighted the problem of underprepared graduates who lack the critical thinking skills required in the work environment. Institutions of higher learning have been mandated to provide graduates with these critical thinking skills. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the integrated assessment conducted with…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Tests
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Erasmus, Lourens J.; Fourie, Houdini – Accounting Education, 2018
The primary objective of the study was to propose a teaching approach for first-year Financial Accounting modules, that may improve the success rates of marginalised students enrolled for inclusive diploma type accountancy programmes. The study followed a multi-phased approach with a research methodology for each phase. These include an extensive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Accounting, Teaching Methods, College Freshmen
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