The status and practice of Life Orientation is critical in assisting students perform well in other courses
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2011 Conference, in August 2011, Mozambique.This research investigated the important role played by the fundamental Life Orientation course which isundertaken by all students in teacher education in assisting themto perform well in other courses thatthey undertake in the institution of Higher learning. The study enquired into the attitudes ofstudents towards Life Orientation. How anything is approached has a bearing on its success and sustainability. Educators of teachers need to be mindful of the fact that whilst students are expected to apply knowledge, skills and values in a way that is meaningful to their own lives, who they are in terms of the way they perceive themselves has a bearing on the successful completion of the task. Cognitive Theory as well as theories of psychosocial development appear to shed light on this assertion. Furthermore, it is important for educatorsof teachers to take into consideration local context while being sensitive to global imperatives. Results revealed that students have a strong sense of self and anything that relates to themselves as individuals when they are stillyoung and before they take into consideration the things that occur in their immediate environment when they are older. It is advisable that policy implementers and stakeholders who interact with studentsshould be mindful of such issues in facilitating the transition of students from university life to the world of work.This impliestransitioning learners from “who” to “what” in the learning process which is a means to an end and not an end in itself as educators try to engage learners in teaching and learning.
Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa DETA Conference 2011
cognitive development community engagement Competencies of an educator interpersonal issues meaningful learning personal development psychosocial-developmental issues self-concept self-esteem self-image student involvement and support