Challenges of Pre-service Teachers’ Classroom Participation in a Rurally Located University in South Africa

Authors

  • Oyinlola Omolara Adebola University of the Free State, Faculty of Education, School of Management Studies Education, South Africa
  • Cias T. Tsotetsi University of the Free State, Faculty of Education, School of Management Studies Education, South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/jesr-2022-0135

Keywords:

Pre-service teachers, rurally located university, classroom participation

Abstract

Despite the enriched curriculum and pedagogical practices that expose everyone enrolled to be trained as professional teachers to teaching skills, the number of incompetent teachers produced by many higher learning institutions is still increasing. There is an outcry from the general public in South Africa.  In order to gain insight into this concern, this study examined the challenges of pre-service teachers’ classroom participation in a rurally located university in South Africa. A qualitative research design of a case study approach was employed to collect data from ten years 3 and 4 pre-service teachers and five lecturers. A semi-structured and focus group discussion (FGD) was organised to collect data on a thematic analysis. The findings revealed that lack of preparation from both lecturer and student, the use of teacher-centred approach, difficulty in understanding English language, teaching workload, large classes, student background and tribalism are major challenges limiting pre-service teachers’ classroom participation in a rurally located university in South Africa. Pertinent recommendations were made, including student-centred and collaborative teaching and learning approaches that could encourage students to participate actively in classroom activities. This would also catalyse the pre-service teachers' involvement in the teaching and learning process.

 

Received: 21 June 2022 / Accepted: 29 August 2022 / Published: 2 September 2022

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Published

2022-09-02

How to Cite

Adebola, O. O. ., & Tsotetsi , C. T. . (2022). Challenges of Pre-service Teachers’ Classroom Participation in a Rurally Located University in South Africa. Journal of Educational and Social Research, 12(5), 210. https://doi.org/10.36941/jesr-2022-0135