The impact of face-to-face tutorials on College of Education students: A case of Unisa’s Ekurhuleni Regional Service Centre
Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
University of South Africa, Ekurhuleni Regional Service Centre, Corner R51 & Brazil Street, Daveyton, South Africa
The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of face-to-face tutorials on 1st semester 2011 College of Education (CEDU) students at Unisa’s Ekurhuleni Regional Service Centre. A case study involving quantitative document analysis was conducted. Attendance registers were used to determine attendance patterns, and examination results to establish students’ performance. It was revealed that most students started attending tutorials, but stopped attending subsequently. However, it was also revealed that students who attended tutorials passed their examinations, leading to the conclusion that tutorials make a positive contribution. The researchers recommend that the marketing of tutorial programmes should be intensified. They further recommend constant communication between lecturers, tutors and coordinators. The final recommendation is that ongoing joint or parallel research projects, especially between regional staff, tutors and lecturers be carried out to investigate the impact of all learner support services. © MCSER-Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research.