It appears that students in South Africa believe that gap years are beneficial to finding their path in life. As previously mentioned, more South African students should take a gap year as they could find it beneficial if they are confused with their path in life. The purpose of this research report is to investigate whether or not students believe that other students should take a gap year between high school and university. Interviews were conducted to target first year students at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) as it provides researchers with interpersonal communication to guide the students through the interview questions. The research found that the majority of the students interviewed felt that taking a gap year benefited them in terms of self-development. As a result, it supported the theory that students should adopt the British custom of taking a gap year. Therefore it showed that students are more likely to benefit from a gap year as it helps some people find the correct path in life.
General Introduction, Background Information and Contextualisation
This research report will seek to determine if teenagers should adopt the British custom of taking a "gap year" between high school and university. The report will further discuss the personal experiences and opinions of first year students at the University of Johannesburg about taking a gap year between high school and university. This report will firstly investigate why teenagers may feel they need to take a gap year between high school and university. Secondly, the report will determine the teenager's attitudes toward a gap year. Lastly, the report will assess if gap years affect teenagers grades at university negatively or positively. To conduct this research interviews will be performed among five first year students at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in which I will...