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close this bookTeacher Education for Transformation: The Case of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa (CIE, 2002, 73 p.)
close this folderChapter 6: Student teachers’ expectations and experiences of the HDE programme
View the document6.1 Introduction
View the document6.2 Organisation of HDE course
View the document6.3 Teaching Practice
View the document6.4 Expectations regarding the course
View the document6.5 Exam preparation
View the document6.6 Views of students about the HDE course
View the document6.7 Levels of confidence at the end of the course
View the document6.8 Future plans and preferences
View the document6.9 Summary

6.5 Exam preparation

The responses to the question, “What do you think you will need for examinations?” were interesting in that the majority of the students (75%) stressed more study time and enough time for revision (58%) were necessary. However, more than half did not feel that they needed good teaching (56%) and/or good notes (64%) to prepare them for exams. This is perhaps a reflection of how they have learnt in the past and also how they conceptualise learning. A similar question was posed in the exit questionnaire, namely, “What would help you do better for your examinations?”. As can be seen from Table 24 below there was very little change between the views of the students at the beginning and end of the course.

Table 24: What students feel that they need in order to prepare better for exams

Need to prepare for exams:

entry questionnaire (N = 178)

exit questionnaire (N = 48)


Yes

No

Yes

No


N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Enough/more time for revision

104

58.4

74

41.6

25

53.2

19

40.4

Good/better teaching

79

44.4

99

55.6

20

42.6

24

51.1

Good/better notes

65

36.5

113

63.5

16

34.0

28

59.6

Enough/more study time

133

74.7

44

24.7

34

72.3

10

21.3