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Towards an African philosophy of higher education

Van Wyk, Berte; Higgs, Philip

Abstract:
Philosophical inquiry aims to explain, clarify and rationally justify higher education discourse. In this article we shall explore what an African philosophy of higher We begin by offering a conceptual account of constitutive meanings of higher education discourse in South Africa with the aim to identify gaps. Thereafter we attempt to reconstruct a notion of African higher education, in particular how notions of ubuntu and community guide practices such as teaching, learning and research within higher education. Our contention is that higher education discourse in South Africa would be impoverished if it fails to recognise African philosophical thought and practice.

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Document Title: Towards an African philosophy of higher education
Journal: South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE)
Volume: 18
Issue: 3
No. of Pages: 196-210


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Africanisation, Philosophy, Higher Education


Rights:Author
Date Added:23 February 2011


Van Wyk, Berte; Higgs, Philip (2004). Towards an African philosophy of higher education