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African women's experience of their multiple role involvement while engaged with ABET

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. Sarah Gravett en_US
dc.contributor.author Dube, Mmatlala Helen
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-06T09:52:59Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-06T09:52:59Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12-06
dc.date.submitted 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4184
dc.description M.Ed. en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this research was to explore African women's experience of their multiple role involvement while engaged in Adult Education and Training (ABET) programmes at the ABET centre in the Gauteng Province. I argue that African women in ABET have different experiences of their multiple roles to their Western counterparts, and for this reason, ABET providers should understand the experiences, needs and characteristics of African women in ABET in order to design flexible courses and give effective learner support. The research question that guided the research reported on in this essay is: What are the experiences of African women of their multiple role involvement while engaged in ABET? In the light of the above, qualitative research was conducted using personal interviews for data collection. Eight participants were purposefully selected by maximum variation sampling to represent the widest possible range of experience. They were interviewed in order to arrive at a deeper understanding of these experiences. The data gathered were then analysed and findings written up. The findings of this research indicate that rural African women have to balance the role of learner with that of worker, home maker, wife, mother, and communal worker. In addition, the entrenched system of patriarchy in many African societies denies rural women any form of personal support structure with women often encountering direct opposition to their attempts at selfimprovement. It is my contention that ABET programmes are not flexible enough to accommodate these multiple roles. The learner's responses in the interviews contain important suggestions on how to improve ABET programmes. The study concludes with the recommendation for ABET programmes. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Adult education of women en_US
dc.subject Black women education en_US
dc.subject Role expectation en_US
dc.subject ABET programmes en_US
dc.subject Adult Education and Training programmes en_US
dc.title African women's experience of their multiple role involvement while engaged with ABET en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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