Motivation and the Study Approaches of Educators Who Upgrade Their Qualifications
Ongoing changes taking place in education in South Africa compel educators to learn and study to keep abreast of developments. It does not matter whether educators engage in learning to improve their qualifications or to keep abreast of new developments in education, they need to be motivated and to use effective study approaches. Lack of educator motivation to learn and study to upgrade qualifications was a problem for black people for many years under the former Department of Education. This mainly led to scores of educators swelling the ranks of the unqualified and the under-qualified. Research has found that unless educators are motivated to upgrade their qualifications they will not do so even if they continue to receive meager remuneration. Appropriately qualified educators are equipped to teach effectively and efficiently and are indispensable to schools because how effectively students learn depends on how effectively they are taught. This article investigates, by means of the Study Process Questionnaire, the study approaches of a sample of unqualified and under-qualified educators who are upgrading their qualifications. Of the study sample 80.4% use positive study strategies and have positive study motives, whereas 19.6% use negative study strategies and have negative study motives. The paper concludes with recommendations to improve the situation.
Keywords: Learning and Studying Approaches, Motivation, Unqualified and Under-Qualified Educators
Prof. Mbotho Gilbert Masitsa
Head of Department, Department of Comparative Education and Education Management