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Who are we teaching? a first-year class at the University of the North.

Ruth, Damian

Abstract:
This article presents some of the perceptions, feelings thoughts and values of students in a first-year class at the University of the North (UNIN).  The research was motivated by the experience of hearing many generalizations and opinions expressed about students which seem to be based on anecdote  and what staff felt students ought to be, rather than on empirical evidence based on enquiry into what students actually did experience, think and feel.  Many educators are working according to unexamined assumptions which are often not warranted.  It seems that staff at HBU's (historically black universities) routinely over-estimate and under-estimate the intelligence of students.  The access that staff has to the world of students is limited, but this limitation may be self-imposed.  This might be the case at many campuses, but for reasons which I explain in my article, it is particularly striking at UNIN, and it may be a situation which all tertiary institutions will soon be facing. 

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Document Title: Who are we teaching? a first-year class at the University of the North.
Journal: South African Journal of Higher Education
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
No. of Pages: 186-195


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Students
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Student Attitudes, Student Expectations, Student behaviour, Student Faculty Interaction, Student Perception, Historically Black Institutions HBI s, Questionnaires


Date Added:05 July 2007


Ruth, Damian (2000). Who are we teaching? a first-year class at the University of the North. South African Journal of Higher Education , 14(3):186-195