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Rapetsoa, J. M.; Singh, R. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
This study investigated the challenges that history learners in rural black schools are faced with during assessments when using English as the language of learning and teaching. The aim of the study was to investigate whether English, which is used as a language of learning and teaching in schools, is a barrier to the learning and teaching of…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, English (Second Language), Learning Processes, Language Proficiency
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Maree, J. G.; Fletcher, L.; Sommerville, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
One hundred and fifty-nine Grade 11 prospective disadvantaged students in the natural sciences at the University of Pretoria completed the Study Orientation Questionnaire in Mathematics and the Senior Aptitude Test (Advanced). Fifty-nine male students (M age = 16.05; SD = 0.57) and 100 females (M age = 16.02; SD = 0.512) scored significantly…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Aptitude Tests, Visualization, Physical Sciences
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Mims, M. J.; Mims, G. A.; Newland, L. A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
A global professional discourse has emerged among career specialists inviting a critical examination of conventional career theory and calling for innovative, postmodern approaches that capture the complex, unique and evolving needs of diverse and disadvantaged students. Using a narrative case study the authors evaluate and describe the…
Descriptors: Coping, Immigrants, High School Students, Career Development
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Coetzee, M.; Bester, S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
The taking of a "gap year", immediately after completing their secondary school education, to explore life before embarking on formal studies or starting their career, is a growing phenomenon among young people in South Africa. This research study explores the experiences of three young people who engaged in a gap year and focuses on the…
Descriptors: Career Choice, Young Adults, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Nel, C.; Kistner, L. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
In the light of the uncertainty surrounding the new National Senior Certificate that was written in South African schools for the first time in 2008, this article aims to examine the new Grade 12 National Senior Certificate results quantitatively in the context of the Grade 11 application score for entry into higher education and the Grade 12…
Descriptors: Grade Inflation, Grade 12, Grade 11, Academic Ability
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Nel, C.; Troskie-de Bruin, C.; Bitzer, E. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2009
A successful transition from school to university is crucial to academic success--especially in the first academic year. Various studies have, however, shown that students are increasingly underprepared for higher education studies. Not only is the school-university gap increased by the school system that produces inadequately prepared learners…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Intervention, Transitional Programs, College Bound Students
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Bohlmann, C. A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2006
Formative assessment in distance teaching is a complex issue, particularly when diverse students are involved. At Unisa many students from previously disadvantage backgrounds need to be accommodated in tertiary mathematics and science. However, many such students have limited entry-level mathematical knowledge and academic skills. This article…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Distance Education, Formative Evaluation, Foreign Countries
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Pretorius, E. J.; Bohlmann, C. A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2003
Based on the results of Phase I of a reading skills project in 2000 ("SAJHE" 16(3) 2002), Phase II was undertaken to set up a reading intervention programme on a voluntary basis for students enrolled in a mathematics access module, to determine whether explicit attention given to reading would improve their reading skills and academic…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Strategies, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction