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Mosia, Paseka Andrew; Phasha, Tlakale Nareadi – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
Access to tertiary education in the least developed countries, such as Lesotho, continues to be a rare experience for persons with disabilities who, despite being admitted to studies, struggle with meaningful participation. This article explores student experience of persons with disabilities studying at the National University of Lesotho. A…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Educational Quality, Physical Mobility
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Uleanya, Chinaza; Rugbeer, Yasmin – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
This study investigated the first-year experiences (FYE) of students in a South African university. Survey research design was used in the study. The quantitative method was used for data collection and 1479 first-year students were randomly selected. The findings reveal that first-year students in the selected South African rural-based university…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, College Freshmen, Rural Areas, Universities
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Pretorius, Marinda; Blaauw, Derick – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
Since 1994, there has been a doubling in the enrolment of students in South Africa's public universities. Students, especially first-generation students, face numerous challenges that may impact their subjective perceptions of their well-being. In a milieu of high levels of suicide and depression amongst South Africa's student population, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Well Being, College Environment
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Sikhwari, Tshimangadzo Daniel; Dama, Nkhangweleni Gloria; Gadisi, Azwitamisi Milton; Matodzi, Tshifhiwa Christinah – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
Lack of sufficient accommodation in many South African universities has forced many students to reside outside the campus and commute to attend classes as commuter students. Research indicates that living on campus is related to gains in social and personal competence. The level of competence gained may help students living on campus (resident…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Commuting Students, Rural Schools, Universities
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Qoza, Phiwokazi – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
This article seeks to understand why some bystanders to protest transcended to become actors in protests during the re-emergence of wide-spread student activism in an institution of higher education in South Africa during 2015. For this purpose, a performance ethnography is employed in the observation and analysis of protest performances. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Activism, Music
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Masango, Mxolisi; Muloiwa, Takalani; Wagner, Fezile; Pinheiro, Gabriela – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
Knowing relevant information about students entering the higher education (HE) system is becoming increasingly important, thus enabling higher education institutions (HEIs) to design effective studentcentred support programmes. Therefore, HEIs should ascertain all relevant information about their students before the commencement of the academic…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Use, Biographical Inventories, Questionnaires
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Maseko, Neo; Stützner, Shawn – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
This article stemmed from discussions related to residence committee members and their role as leaders within their communities. The ideas presented during these conversations gave rise to a research interest for a conceptual exploration of collaborative and progressive social transformative brokering within a complex context. In particular, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Housing, Student Personnel Services, Social Change
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Combrink, Herkulaas M. v. E.; Oosthuizen, Lauren L. – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
First-year seminars and university induction programmes are embedded with academic and social skills required by students to transition into their first year of study. The first-year seminar at the University of the Free State is a credit-bearing module called UFS101, and is a prerequisite for degree completion. Students are assessed through…
Descriptors: First Year Seminars, COVID-19, Pandemics, Student Adjustment
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Nyar, Annsilla – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
There is a great deal of variability in the practice of orientation across the country at South Africa's universities, and there is limited knowledge of what exactly constitutes good practice in orientation. Many areas of enquiry remain unexplored, and remain blind spots for South Africa's higher education sector. The article addresses this…
Descriptors: Orientation, College Students, Educational Improvement, Educational Practices
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McGhie, Venicia; Venter, Antoinette; Dos Reis, Karen – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
African and coloured students continue to perform poorly both at public schools and institutions of higher learning. There are two main reasons for their weak performance -- a lack of literacy and numeracy skills, and being under-prepared. This article reports on two findings of a study that was conducted at two high schools in the Western Cape…
Descriptors: Business Education, Economics Education, Accounting, Elementary Secondary Education
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Engelbrech, Liesel; Mostert, Karina; Pienaar, Jacobus; Kahl, Carlien – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
South African higher education institutions (HEIs) face significant challenges with high first-year student drop-out rates due to various stressors students are facing. The current study explores the coping of first-year students studying at a South African university. This qualitative study followed an exploratory, descriptive, interpretive…
Descriptors: Coping, College Freshmen, Dropout Rate, Stress Variables
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van Zyl, André; Dampier, Graham; Ngwenya, Nkosini – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
Low levels of student success in South Africa have persisted as a seemingly intractable problem. There have been some gains in student success over time, but with a participation rate of approximately 18%, the current success rates still represent massive financial and human losses to the country. Internationally there is a trend to move towards…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, College Students, Intervention
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Kapp, Adéle; Mostert, Karina; de Beer, Leon – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
South African universities have one of the lowest graduation rates in the world, especially amongst first-year university students. South Africa's first-year university students are taxed with tremendous challenges. One of the most important amongst these challenges is considered to be academic motivation, which is strongly related to students'…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Student Motivation, Foreign Countries, College Freshmen
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Mason, Henry – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
Signature strengths, such as gratitude, can assist students in navigating the demanding first-year experience. However, more research is needed to explore the role of gratitude in relation to cognitive benefits for students. This article reports on a constructivist grounded theory study that explored South African students' conceptions and…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, College Freshmen, Student Attitudes, Psychological Patterns
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Mason, Henry – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2020
Student affairs practitioners have essential roles to play in assisting students in concretising a sense of hope. However, more research is needed to explore the role of hope amongst university students during the first-year experience. This article reports on a mixed methods study that explored hope in the context of the first-year experience.…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, College Freshmen, Student Experience, Academic Achievement
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