Research into Life Skills Education in the Foundation Phase: Is the Inclusion of Life Skills Really Necessary in Teaching Third World Foundation Phase Learners

By Annemarie Loubser.

Published by The Learner Collection

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In South Africa, Life Skills, as prescribed by the Department of Education, is one of three learning programmes in the Foundation Phase (Grade R–3) as reflected in the National Curriculum Statement. Life Skills focuses on the development of life values and has as its goal the development of responsible and disciplined South African citizens.
With Life Skills education as background, the aim of the study was to identify attitudes of the Foundation Phase teachers to the teaching of Life Skills, and to determine if there is a connection between certain biographical variables and the Foundation Phase teacher’s attitude towards Life Skills.

Keywords: Life Skills, Early Childhood Development, Foundation Phase, Life Orientation, Education of Life Skills, Outcomes Based Education, National Curriculum Policy, Assessment

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 11, pp.111-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 902.751KB).

Annemarie Loubser

Lecturer, School of Continuing Teacher Education, Faculty of Education Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Annemarie Loubser is a lecturer at the North-West University, faculty of Education Sciences in South Africa. Annemarie Loubser teaches practising in service teachers who are under-or unqualified. Loubser’s field of specialization is Foundation Phase (Gr R–3). Loubser teaches students training for three programmes: National Diploma in Education, Advanced Diploma in Education and B.Ed. Foundation Phase programmes.


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