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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Maguvhe, M O
Email obert@sancb.org.za
URN etd-08102005-112348
Document Title A study of inclusive education and its effects on the teaching of biology to visually impaired learners
Degree PhD (Curriculum and Instructional Design and Development)
Department Curriculum Studies
Advisor Name Title
Dr H Schoeman Co-Supervisor
Prof W J Fraser Supervisor
  • interaction / social / emotional environment
  • competences for discovery
  • the development of subject system
  • science process skills
  • teaching and learning mediation of science
  • guidelines for biology educators
  • blind and visually impaired learners
  • inclusive education
  • Outcomes-based education
  • strategies for learning
  • the importance of life science to blind learners a
Date 2005-04-01
Availability unrestricted

The investigation aimed to determine how the learning of the life sciences is facilitated (mediated) in special schools for blind learners and to establish how the lessons learnt from this experience could be implemented to the advantage of blind learners in the Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Band in inclusive Outcomes-based education settings.


Educators and blind learners were interviewed through the use of the Qualitative Inquiry methodology as well as its techniques and strategies for data gathering. Analysis of the transcripts resulted in the development of themes/codes discussed in the research investigation.


Educators spent a good amount of time and effort with blind learners in the biology and life sciences classrooms. It appeared as if the pastoral role of the educator predominantly exceeded the teaching of biology and life sciences to these learners. Further, it became evident that the emphasis did not fall strongly enough on the achievement of the outcomes envisaged with the biology curriculum but more on the establishment of a caring and supportive classroom environment.


Biology and other life sciences subjects have much potential for the blind learners in South Africa but they are not offered at some of the schools or efficiently mediated due to educatorsí reluctance, lack of knowledge and resources. Learning mediation strategies to make biology and life sciences more accessible to blind learners could be explored.

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