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Educators’ and learners’ view on feedback: a study about feedback, respect and corporal punishment in a South African school
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013).
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

South Africa has a complex history which has, among other things, affected the education system. The system is still in crisis in many ways. The purpose of this study is to investigate the educators’ approach to learners and vice versa in a South African school. It is to examine the overall respect between educators and learners and how educators give learners feedback. The aim is also to find out if corporal punishment is a common way to discipline learners and to investigate the educators’ way to give praise and confirmation. The study was made on a High School outside Cape Town and it includes qualitative interviews with three educators and three learners. The results of the interviews are presented in three categories, which is: feedback, respect and corporal punishment. First, the results show that the feedback is a subject that can be improved. According to the respondents they are doing things right but also quite a few things wrong. They all think that feedback is extremely important for the learners’ development, but only if it is provided in the right way. Second, it shows an overall lack of respect in the South African school, which is reflecting the issues in the communities and in the learners’ homes. But it is something that the Department of Basic Education is trying to improve with the help from the Life Orientation subject. Finally, the results show that a lot of the respondents have mixed feelings about the banning of corporal punishment and that is partly why it is hard to get rid of. This study shows a deeper understanding of these issues and why South Africa still struggle with developing their education system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
South Africa, School, Life Orientation, Feedback, Respect, Corporal Punishment
Keyword [sv]
Sydafrika, skola, återkoppling, respekt, aga.
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31578OAI: diva2:699235
Subject / course
Sports Science
Educational program
Teacher education
Available from: 2014-03-06 Created: 2014-02-26 Last updated: 2014-03-21Bibliographically approved

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