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The contribution of higher education to reconstructing South African society: opportunities, constraints, and cautionary tales

Subotzky, George

Abstract:
The chapter focuses on recent higher education policy processes in the context of the current political economy of South Africa. Two inter-related themes are evident throughout the discussion on South African higher education policy.  Firstly, concerns for equity and redress have been largely  displaced. Secondly, certain developments in South African higher education were driven by factors other than policy and have been counter-productive.  These two themes, the author posits, are intertwined.  The chapter begins by outlining South Africa's current political economy as context for the first theme.  The second theme is examined through a focus on instances where the disjunctive gap between anticipated progressive policy intentions and actual outcomes has hindered the effective contribution of higher education to national development.

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Chapter Title: The contribution of higher education to reconstructing South African society: opportunities, constraints, and cautionary tales
Book Title: Creating knowledge, strengthening nations: the changing role of higher education
Edited by: Glen A. Jones. Patricia L. McCarney, and Michael L. Skolnik
City: Toronto, Buffalo, London
Publisher: University of Toronto Press Incorporated
No. of Pages: 127-154


Date:2005
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Higher Education and the State, South Africa, Higher Education Policy, Constraints, Political Economy, Post Apartheid, Policy Implementation


File Size:160 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the publisher.
Date Added:19 June 2007


Subotzky, George (2005). The contribution of higher education to reconstructing South African society: opportunities, constraints, and cautionary tales. In Glen A. Jones, Patricia L. McCarney, and Michael L. Skolnik (eds) Creating knowledge, strenthening nations: the changing role of higher education Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press Incorporated, 127-154