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The Identification of Psycho-Educational Factors that Inhibit First Year Student Performance

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dc.contributor.advisor Strydom, Irene en
dc.contributor.author Exner, Rosemary Joyce en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:54:20Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:54:20Z
dc.date.issued 2003-06
dc.date.submitted 2003-06-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/1554
dc.description.abstract Each new student arriving at the university or college brings an assortment of expectations, different types and levels of academic competency, different levels of psychological well-being, a variety of attitudes, values and divergent life experiences. Each adjusts at his or her own rate and experiences life as a student in unique ways. The focus of this study is on the problems that are encountered by the first year student on arrival at the institution and throughout the course of his or her first year studies. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods that include work-shopping many issues, a questionnaire and focus group interviews, this triangulation of data-collection techniques has helped to provide a rich and deep exploration of the perceived problem areas. The study examines various factors that are perceived as limiting the potential performance and achievement of the student, specifically academic aspects and those factors and circumstances that affect psychological well-being. The psycho-educational issues found to be perceived as problematic by both students and staff members are a lack of preparation and insufficient academic competencies that are necessary for successful tertiary education. Of critical concern with the resultant necessity of immediate intervention, are the lack of accountability and a fear of failure with concomitant anxiety. Issues other than psycho-educational problem areas are highlighted such as economic and social variables. Although not part of the study, issues such as lack of finance and the impact of HIV/AIDS cannot be ignored as they may have a possible detrimental effect on first year student achievement. As academic competency development and psychological well-being are but two areas of concern within the gestalt of student development, the study is conducted from a theoretical stance that embraces holistic student development. It is in this light of developing the student as a totality that an intervention programme is suggested, affording the new student many opportunities to develop all facets of his being. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xvii, 284 p.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Academic failure en
dc.subject College freshman en
dc.subject Dropout en
dc.subject Higher education en
dc.subject Psycho-educational en
dc.subject Student adjustment en
dc.subject Psycho-social en
dc.subject Underachievement en
dc.subject Student development en
dc.subject Academic achievement en
dc.subject.ddc 378.1982
dc.subject.lcsh College freshmen
dc.subject.lcsh Academic achievement -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh School failure
dc.subject.lcsh Dropouts
dc.title The Identification of Psycho-Educational Factors that Inhibit First Year Student Performance en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Faculty of Education en
dc.description.degree D. Ed. en


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