The paper provides an overview of the key topics, arguments, findings and conclusions in academic literature on student political activism and governance in public higher education institutions on Africa. The paper highlights the importance attributed to the macro-political and macro-economic context in understanding the dominant forms of student governance. The first part of the paper reviews some of the common conceptual pitfalls in scholarly literature, makes proposals to remedy them and highlights the gaps in the current academic literature.
In the second part of the paper, the actual content of scholarly literature is reviewed thematically in relation to 1) forms of and responses to student protests; 2) student government; 3) student representation in university governance; 4) student participation in system-level governance. In its conclusive section, the paper provides a brief overview of key current and emerging debates.
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|Title of Paper:||Student politics and governance in Africa: a preliminary assessment of the scholarly universe|
|Keywords:||Student Politics, Higher Education Institutions HEI s, Developing countries, Student Protest, Governance, Student Faculty Interaction, Literature Review|
|File Size:||138 KB|
|Rights:||Permission granted by author.|
|Additional information:||Presented at the Seminar, "Improving governance and student leadership", University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 1 April 2005.|
|Date Added:||29 October 2007|