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Title: An Exploration of personal experiences of deaf people in accessing, participating and completing Higher Education in Zimbabwe
Authors: Mutswanga, Phillipa
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: The study qualitatively employed the phenomenology design to explore the experiences of the 32 participants selected through snowballing and purposive sampling to establish the extent to which Zimbabwean Universities enabled deaf people to access, participate and successfully complete their studies. Point of saturation determined the sample size. Access to higher education [HE] is currently recognised as a bridge to a fulfilling life for all people but its applicability to deaf people was reported by several studies as insignificant despite the influences of robust legislations. Narratives, in-depth interviews, non-participant observations, focus group discussions and document analysis were used to collect data which was further thematically analysed. Emerging patterns and themes were then generated and triangulated to augment the findings. Augmentation made the data trustworthy and creditable although its generalisability was not representative enough because of the sample size, a limitation which triangulation took care of. The findings were guided by the social justice principles of the ubuntu philosophy and the symbiotic transformative theory. The study participants argued that institutions of higher education did not include deaf people [PWDs] in their plans and that benchmarked the formidable barriers which made their participation remain insignificant. However, the study noted other contributing factors as; unfocused visions of universities, inappropriate teaching styles, unfriendly infrastructures, negative attitudes and styles of leadership. Furthermore, deaf participants felt that universities’ deliberate delay to respond to their applications was meant to frustrate them and make them lose hope in pursuing the status of their applications. The study recommended that universities should redevelop their policies and provisions with deaf people in mind. Further studies recommended that monitoring tools be design as a measure to determine the preparedness of universities to deaf applicants.
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URI: lis.zou.ac.zw:8080/dspace /handle/0/360
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