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Repositioning the Role and Pedagogy of Teachers in Higher Education in the Context of Privatisation: The Case of Makerere University, Uganda

Nakabugo, Mary Goretti

Abstract:
In the last ten years, Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest premier public academic institution has experienced what has been variously referred to as a quiet revolution. With dwindling government funding that has been characteristic of most developing countries, and realizing that she was losing her human resource in the brain drain wave, Makerere University took a bold shift in 1993 by introducing a private students’ scheme. The University convinced government for 5% privately sponsored intake. By 1996, the Faculties of Social Sciences, Arts, Education and Law were offering fully fledged Private Evening programmes while other academic units had substantially increased their private students’ intake during the day government programme. To-date, almost all academic units in the university are running privately sponsored programmes. The quiet revolution has however not been without challenges. The expansion and refinancing of the university has meant that classes are not only larger but quite diversified in terms of student ability, motivation and cultural background. This has necessitated repositioning the role and pedagogy of the teacher in light of the changing demand for higher education and the changed student characteristics. In this article, findings from the university’s professional development project intended to develop and support teachers in their role are presented. What is apparent is the central position of reflective practice if teachers in higher education are to embrace changed views of teaching and learning. The findings are relevant to teachers at all levels of education.

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Document Title: Repositioning the Role and Pedagogy of Teachers in Higher Education in the Context of Privatisation: The Case of Makerere University, Uganda
Journal: NUE Journal of International Educational Cooperation
Volume: 3
No. of Pages: 89-93


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Uganda
Keywords:Pedagogy, Higher Education Reform, Higher Education and Development, Privatisation, Privatisation of Higher Education, Makerere University, Uganda


File Size:393 KB
Rights:Self archived
Date Added:06 February 2009


Nakabugo, Mary Goretti (2008) Repositioning the role and pedagogy of teachers in higher education in the context of privatisation: the case of Makerere University, Uganda. NUE Journal of International Educational Cooperation. vol.3 pp.89-93