Original Articles

Academic Counselling for Graduate Research Students with Distance Learning

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 20, issue 1, 2010 , pages: 95–99
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2010.10820347
Author(s): Levison MaunganidzeUniversity of Venda, South Africa, Tholene SodiUniversity of Venda, South Africa, Pilot MudhovoziUniversity of Venda, South Africa, Elias MberiZimbabwe Open University,, Jane MutasaZimbabwe Open University,


The study examined academic counselling needs for graduate research students enrolled with a distance education university. Participants were 17 students (males = 10, females = 7; mean years of enrollment =1). They responded to an open ended questionnaire on pertinent counselling needs in these students related to their studies. Data were analyzed qualitatively using thematic content analysis. Findings suggested counselling needs from conflicting work and family commitments. Accessibility and user-friendliness of administrative systems and support, ease of contact and approachability of academic staff and financial strain were also significant concerns. Prospective solutions to these needs included stress management, time management, self-study skills and income generation.

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