Education versus Consciousness … 4

A study of 169 SDF’s indicated that learning conducted via unit standard learning fails to generate conceptual skills and subsequently contextual awareness. Learners affected are often placed in the workplace. During the employment learners developed resentment for the employment & failed to develop insight as to the value of the job to their personal lives. Learners further expressed sentiments that demonstrate a lack of understanding of the big picture and as a result failed to achieve short term objectives.

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4 thoughts on “Education versus Consciousness …

  • Dr Wynand Goosen Post author

    Where to start with raising awareness:

    • The role of an organizational strategic plan in determining the required human capital for an organisation.
    • The relevance of industry experience, competence and non-formal training as compared to formal education and training standards.
    • The relevance of an integrated human capital management framework.
    • The development of contextual awareness in understanding learner development.
    • The identification of skills GAPs and the management thereof to the benefit of the organization.

    Developing an integrated model for education & training

  • Cas Olivier

    Wynand, this is the third comment in this regard in the last 2 weeks. It seems as if providers are becoming more and more aware of the quality of great teaching which, amongst others, others leads to higher levels of thinking as well as insight and problem solving.

  • Sylvia F. Hammond

    While shopping last week as I waited to have my food weighed, I witnessed an interesting interchange.  It was conducted in isiXhosa but I have enough knowledge to follow the conversation.  A young male employee (in front of the customers) was loudly complaining to the young woman weigher who it seems has a supervisory position. He was complaining about their working hours and when working late was required.  She was explaining the standard working pattern, but he refused to accept her verbal explanation that this was the standard pattern that everyone worked.  He insisted he wanted to see a roster.  She continue to do the weighing while all this took place and as I left he “flounced” away. 

    Now whether he had a valid grievance or not is irrelevant.  This is not the way to behave.  I do not know whether he has worked before – given youth unemployment levels, probably not.  However, from my observations this is not untypical.  Young people are not prepared for hard work. 

    Is this is a generational issue – or a unique South African issue – or is it the way they are being educated and trained?


  • Tass Schwab

    There are two things that come to mind here:

    From what type of learning background have they come from – the traditional spoon fed learn by rote education that prevails in our country that does not teach the very sentiments of being conscious (this being AWARE of self and others) and what about the Learner being part and parcel of the Learning path and being responsible for their own experiences? I am curious to see the questions that were asked…