Analysis of Challenges Perceived by Students Pursuing Diploma at the Institute of Adult Education: A Case of IAE Tabora Centre

Mbwambo, Justine Goodhope (2017) Analysis of Challenges Perceived by Students Pursuing Diploma at the Institute of Adult Education: A Case of IAE Tabora Centre. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze challenges perceived by students pursuing Diploma at the Institute of Adult Education (IAE). Specifically, the study examined the ways employed students in open and distance learning manage socio-economic challenges facing them; assessed ways diploma students relate workplaces with learning environment; and the ways they integrated their knowledge into work. Qualitative and quantitative research approches through questionnaires, interviews and Focus Group Discussion were used to understand these perceived challenges from 43 respondents at Tabora Regional Centre. The findings show that ODL diploma students managed challenges facing them by using evening and night time for their studies. They also took loans from financial institutions to support themselves financially. They also studied during weekends and sought part time teachers to help clarify issues that were not familiar to them. The study further found that majority of the respondents thought their workplaces were not favourable environments for supporting their learning. Moreover, the findings revealed that most distance students use their knowledge to improve their job performances, solved work-related challenges and provided guidance and counseling support services at their workplaces. The study recommends that; employers of distance students should find a better way to provide flexible school timetables to enable distance learners to study. Other recommendations include looking for various avenues to get financial support for their studies. For further studies, the study recommends studying of other levels such as degrees, masters and PhD level so as to generalize the current findings.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Institute of Continuing Education > Department of Professional Studies and Continuing Education
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 07:32
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 07:32
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2224

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