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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Van Vollenhoven, Willem Johannes
Email wvvollen@postino.up.ac.za
URN etd-06142006-130531
Document Title Learnersí understanding of their right to freedom of expression in South Africa
Degree PhD (Education Management)
Department Education Management and Policy Studies
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof S A Blignaut
Prof J L Beckmann Supervisor
Keywords
  • freedom of expression artistic expression
  • democracy symbolic expression
  • absolutising religious expression
  • limitation authoritarianism
  • core right understanding
Date 2005-10-12
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Newspapers often report on the violation of learnersí rights. Many of these violations and critical incidents are related to the right to freedom of expression, which is internationally viewed as a core right in a democracy. My inquiry focused on grade 11 learnersí understanding of the right to freedom of expression. It is important to understand learnersí understanding of the right to freedom of expression, as they are the leaders of tomorrow and the right to freedom of expression is central to the survival of democracy. This inquiry was informed by an interpretivist paradigm. Atlas.tiô was used to systematically analyse the data and categorise it into three hermeneutic units. This computer-aided qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) tool facilitated the process of analysis and enhanced the validity of the research. During the inductive process of analysis two patterns crystallised, viz. the absolutising of the right to freedom of expression by some learners and the lack of skills to implement the limitation to the right to freedom of expression in schools.

The main findings indicated that some learners did not have knowledge regarding the right to freedom of expression, although most learners were aware that they could speak their minds under this right. Furthermore, learners didnít seem to know how to exercise the right to freedom of expression. One of the factors disrupting the implementation of the right to freedom of expression in schools is the perpetuation of an authoritarian culture in schools. Theoretical and practical recommendations are suggested and avenues for future research are identified.

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