ERIC Number: EJ1118128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Experiences of Second-Class Citizenship Related to Continued Poor Academic Performance of Minority Xhosa Learners
Dreyer, Lorna M.; Singh, Suzanne A. M.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v11 n3 p245-257 Nov 2016
This article examines the subjective life experiences of racial minority Xhosa speakers and the factors that contribute to their continued poor academic performance in a previously Whites-only school in South Africa. Vygotskian sociocultural perspective in relation to creating a democratic educational system and Bronfenbrenner's biosystemic theory and his understanding of proximal processes inform the discussion within this article. To gain insight into the subjective life experiences of these learners, a qualitative methodology was implemented. Research methods included individual semi-structured interviews and one focus group interview. The participants were purposively selected as information-rich sources from grades 9 to 11 at the specific school. The findings indicated that poor academic performance of Xhosa learners as a racial and linguistic minority in a former Whites-only school is largely attributed to discriminatory attitudes from staff and peers which lead to feelings of inadequacy experienced by the respondents and their parents.
Descriptors: Low Achievement, Minority Group Students, Focus Groups, Qualitative Research, High School Students, African Languages, Native Language, Language Minorities, Foreign Countries, White Students, Institutional Characteristics, Sociocultural Patterns, Academic Achievement, Racial Discrimination, Blacks, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa