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dc.contributor.advisor Themane, M. J. Mantsha, Tshifhiwa Rebecca 2017-02-14T09:04:34Z 2017-02-14T09:04:34Z 2016
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D. (Educational Psychology)) -- University of Limpopo, 2016 en_US
dc.description.abstract For the past two to three decades, there has been a large influx of students with disabilities into institutions of higher education worldwide. In South Africa, in these past three decades, records of intake of students with disabilities were not recorded as services and support of this kind were not institutionalised. Within this transformation process, which involved including previously under-represented groups, institutions of higher learning are currently facing challenges of what kind of educational support to offer to students with disabilities, in order to help them to succeed academically. This study investigated the educational support offered to students with disabilities at the University of Venda (UNIVEN) as experienced by the students themselves. The study, therefore, gives an insider perspective. The study followed a qualitative research approach, and used classroom observations, document analysis and focus group interviews to collect data. Ten students with various disabilities participated in the study. The findings of this study reveal that there are some degrees of support that UNIVEN offers. However, some gaps to meet students educational needs still exist. These gaps include lack of information about the programmes that UNIVEN is offering, physical infra-structure barriers and lack of disability knowledge. This study recommends the establishment of a forum in which students with disabilities can discuss and address their educational needs on campus. Other recommendations include the following: lecturers’ training, disability awareness, the installation of an online interactive portal to increase communication between students and the university, and an online survey measuring lecturers’ attitudes and knowledge. The study suggests that future research could include factors that predict graduation rates among students with disabilities. Key words: Educational support, Disability unit, Medical Model of disability, Social model of disability. en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 155 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, version 6 en_US
dc.subject Students with disabilities en_US
dc.subject University students en_US
dc.subject.lcsh University of Venda -- Students en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Handicapped -- Services for en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Students with disabilities en_US
dc.subject.lcsh College students with disabilities en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Learning disabled (Higher) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh People with disabilities -- Education (Higher) en_US
dc.title Educational support of students with disabilities at institution of higher learning in South Africa: a case study of the University of Venda en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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