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Curriculum reform in higher education in South Africa: how academics respond

Muller, Johan; Ogude, Nthabiseng

Abstract:
 This paper charts the course of recent curricular reform in South African higher education from the good intentions of policy makers to the basics of programme planning and implementation.   In this chapter, the authors mention the legal framework which guided the process for transformation of the higher education system.  Concerns about  policy documents and authoritative bodies such as the National Qualifications Framework, SAQA, the Government's White Paper and the Council on Higher Education are included in the discussion.  The author also analyses the questions of curricular relevance, generic skills, interdisciplinarity and coherence.            

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Chapter Title: Curriculum reform in higher education in South Africa: how academics respond
Book Title: Global collaborations: the role of higher education in diverse democracies
City: Washington DC, USA.
Publisher: Reprinted with permission. Copyright 2002 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities
No. of Pages: 13-30


Date:2002
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Curriculum Reform, South African Universities, Transformation of higher education, Policy Implementation, Institutional Autonomy, Epistemology, Knowledge


File Size:137 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities
Date Added:17 April 2007


Muller, Johan; Ogude, Nthabiseng (2002). Curriculum reform in higher education in South Africa: how academicians respond. In Edgar F. Beckham (ed), Global collaborations: the role of higher education in diverse democracies, Washington DC, USA: Association of American Colleges and Universities, 13-30