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South African Journal of Education

On-line version ISSN 2076-3433

Abstract

BOJUWOYE, Olaniyi et al. Learners' experiences of learning support in selected Western Cape schools. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.1, pp. 1-15. ISSN 2076-3433.

The study explored Western Cape primary and secondary school learners' experiences regarding the provision and utilization of support services for improving learning. A qualitative interpretive approach was adopted and data gathered through focus group interviews involving 90 learners. Results revealed that learners received and utilized various forms of learning support from their schools, teachers, and peers. The learning support assisted in meeting learners' academic, social and emotional needs by addressing barriers to learning, creating conducive learning environments, enhancing learners' self-esteem and improving learners' academic performance.

Keywords : academic needs; academic performance; barriers to learning; experiences; institutional actions; learners; learning support; schools; social and emotional needs; Western Cape.

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