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Separate but equal: A comparative analysis of provisions for higher education in the USA and South Africa

Mabokela, Reitumetse Obakeng; Makoni, Sinfree; Moody, Charles

Abstract:
This article arises from a collaborative project between scholars in the United States and South Africa examining the development of education policies and practices in the two countries. The project, still in its early stages, was prompted by certain intriguing similarities between the U.S. and South African educational systems over a long period as they relate to the education and the provision for education for Blacks.  The research being undertaken explores the implications of the points made in this article by means of thorough historical and empirical scholarship. This article therefore seeks to examine educational policies, practices, and models underpinning the educational provision for Black people in South Africa and people of African descent in the United States over a long period. Its main focus is on aspects of higher education in both countries.  In exploring these educational policy developments, the authors describe some key developments in the following periods. In the United States, their discussion ranges over the era of slavery from 1619, the Jim Crow era after 1865, and the period since the landmark court decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.  In South Africa, they glance at aspects of colonial education up to the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, education in the period of  increasing institutionalization of racial politics from Union to the introduction of formal apartheid in 1948, the era of apartheid, and the post-apartheid era from 1994.  An examination of the history of education in the United States and South Africa will provide a clearer understanding of how these two educational systems have developed and will afford political insight into their shifting and complex roles. More importantly, the analysis will suggest how their motives were articulated through the provision of resources and the designing of curriculum in these historical periods. It is an exercise in comparative historical education.

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Document Title: Separate but equal: A comparative analysis of provisions for higher education in the USA and South Africa
Journal: Equity and Excellence in Education
Volume: 34
Issue: 3
No. of Pages: 45-49


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Comparative Studies, Racial Discrimination, State and Higher Education, Education Systems, History of Education, South Africa, United States


Additional information:Other Authors: Sinfree Makoni & Charles Moody
Date Added:10 April 2007


Mabokela, Reitumetse Obakeng; Makoni, Sinfree; Moody, Charles (2001). Separate but equal: A comparative analysis of provisions for higher education in the USA and South Africa, Equity and Excellence in Education 34(3): 45-49