An exploratory study on the perceptions of previously educationally disadvantaged first year learners of law regarding university education

  • Madéle Tait University of Port Elizabeth
  • S van Eeden Vista University
  • Mark Tait Vista University


This article presents an exploratory study and focuses on the high failure rate amongst first year learners at South African universities. A trend that is significantly higher at HBU's (historically black universities). A cause for this problem can probably be found in the inadequate school education of these learners. Some of the findings of the study are that learner preparation had a non-significant influence whilst presentation of lectures had a significant influence on the perceptions regarding university studies. For the success of outcomes-based education and the successful shifting of focus from teaching to learning, a culture of learning needs to be cultivated. Lecturers should make learners aware that they must adopt a different approach to learning at university level. Learners have a greater responsibility to work on their own.

South African Journal of Higher Education Vol.16(2) 2002: 177-182

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