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South African Journal of Education

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JACOBS, Anne. Life orientation as experienced by learners: a qualitative study in North-West Province. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.2, pp. 212-223. ISSN 0256-0100.

The learning area Life Orientation (LO) is aimed at educating healthy, responsible young people who are able to live productive lives in the new South African democracy. Effectiveness in this learning area has not yet been proved and there is evidence of some problems in attaining this ideal. In order to give voice to learners, in terms of their views, ideas and comments on LO, focus group interviews with mainly high-school learners were utilized in this study. The results of this qualitative investigation indicate that there are various problems in the practice of LO education. Many learners seem to view LO as unnecessary, boring and irrelevant. Furthermore, this study provides some evidence that LO does not succeed in accomplishing its aims, as laid out in the National Curriculum Statement.

Keywords : learners; Life Orientation; National Curriculum Statement.

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