Stories of students identified as at-risk: insights into student retention and support at a South African University

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dc.contributor.author Sing, Nevensha
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-07T13:18:49Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-07T13:18:49Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Sing, Nevensha (2015) Stories of students identified as at-risk: insights into student retention and support at a South African University, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, <http://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/handle/10539/20003>
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/20003
dc.description A thesis submitted to the Wits School of Education, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
dc.description.abstract The perturbing phenomenon of wastage (revealed through incidences of unsatisfactory levels of student retention, poor pass and completion rates and an increase in repetition rates) is a course of concern for universities as it has a bearing on financial expenditure as well as institutional reputation. For the purpose of this study being at-risk is synonymous with being vulnerable.Student vulnerability is not a homogeneous phenomenon and therefore different student support structures, strategies and policies need to be devised for different issues and problems experienced by vulnerable students. This study argues that as long as effective and adequate institutional support is lacking, student vulnerability will continue to be a 'wastage' catalyst. [Abbreviated Abstract. Open document to view full version - Abstract would not load onto DSpace]
dc.format.extent Online resource (xviii, 237 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh Dropouts--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Universities and colleges--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher--South Africa--Evaluation
dc.subject.lcsh Minorities--Education--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Academic achievement--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Youth with social disabilities--Education--South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Narrative inquiry (Research method)--South Africa
dc.title Stories of students identified as at-risk: insights into student retention and support at a South African University en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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