Learning Skills Acquired in the 'Access Program': An Exploratory Study

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A one-year access program helps students from disadvantaged communities to gain access to higher education in especially three fields of study: Economic and Management Sciences; the Humanities; and Natural and Agricultural Sciences. It makes a contribution to student development through a course in Skills and Competencies for Lifelong Learning. This program consists of the development of personal, life, study, problem solving and other general skills as well as numerical and language skills in co-operation with departments of the University. Anybody who didn't gain access to the university as a result of not meeting the academic standards required for admission may participate. This exploratory study investigates learning skills acquired by access program students in respect of awareness of course goals; time management; note-taking skills; reading skills; academic anxiety and stress management; preparing for examinations; learning style as well as academic writing.

Keywords: Learning Skills, Acquired, Access Program, Higher Education
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Learning Skills Acquired in the ‘Access Program’

Dr. Dipane Hlalele

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of the Free State
Phuthaditjhaba, Free State, South Africa

Dr Dipane Hlalele matriculated with exemption at Dikwena High School in 1984. In 1985 he joined SASOL 1 as a process operator and served there until 1987. He obtained a BAEd degree from Uniqwa in 1991, BEd (1995), MEd (1998), PhD (2002) at the University of the Free State as well as a Certificate in Agriculture from Glen College in the same year and is currently registered for the MA (Higher Education Studies) degree. In 1992 he worked as a teacher at Nkhobiso High School , was appointed a lecturer and Head of Department (Teaching Science) at Sefikeng College of Education in 1997 and 2001 respectively. Due to the rationalization of teacher education colleges in South Africa at the time, he opted to join Lekhulong Secondary School as a Deputy Principal in 2003. He was appointed Senior Lecturer: Psychology of Education in 2004 and appointed Programme Head: School of Education (QwaQwa Campus) on 1 April 2006. His immediate objective is to make strides in his personal academic growth plan where a research and publication record enjoys priority. He was awarded a CSD scholarship grant for his MEd studies. He is a member of the Education Association of Southern Africa (EASA) and Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).

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