An exploration into educators' perceptions and attitudes towards immigrant learners

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dc.contributor.author Sikhakhane, Lynette Matshepo
dc.date.accessioned 2007-02-13T13:25:49Z
dc.date.available 2007-02-13T13:25:49Z
dc.date.issued 2007-02-13T13:25:49Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/1972
dc.description Student Number : 8802461M - M Ed research report - School of Education - Faculty of Humanities en
dc.description.abstract The main purpose of the study described in this report was to explore educators’ perceptions and their attitudes towards immigrant learners in their school and how those impact on them, at work and in their social lives. This study was both qualitative and quantitative in nature. Questionnaires were used as research instruments in this study and semi-structured interviews were also carried out with individual educators. The sample of the study constituted thirteen educators from a school in Gauteng. The school was chosen because of its situation and because it is a co-educational school in an area with many immigrants. Educators’ comments suggest that they are not adequately trained or prepared to deal with immigrants in their classroom. They perceived that they were not sufficiently equipped or informed with the policy of inclusion to accommodate immigrant learners. Further areas of concern expressed by educators include an inability to overcome the language barrier when dealing with the learners from outside South Africa, and a generalised lack of support by employers and superiors. From the results of this study, one can deduce that in general educators perceive immigrant learners as an additional burden to deal with in a classroom situation, which impacts negatively on their work performance. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Attitudes en
dc.subject Barriers to learning en
dc.subject Educators en
dc.subject Exclusion en
dc.subject Immigrant learners en
dc.subject Inclusion en
dc.subject Perceptions en
dc.subject Xenophobia en
dc.title An exploration into educators' perceptions and attitudes towards immigrant learners en
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