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Quality teaching and learning in South African universities: policies and practices

Fourie, Magda; Van der Westhuizen, Louis; Alt, Heinrich; Holtzhausen, Somarie

Abstract:

Although quality assurance and control in the global higher education scene is not a new phenomenon, South African higher education has only recently embarked on concerted engagement with quality issues.  Similar to other higher education systems, the growing interest in and attention to quality matters in South African higher education were not strictly educational developments, but originated mainly from outside the academic sphere of the universities.  Many of the factors which gave rise to a quality culture in higher education internationally are also common to South African higher education, such as a general public concern with the increase of expenditure on higher education, the massification of higher education, the demand for increased accountability from government and the public, growing student and staff mobility, and rapid technological growth and development.  However, conspicuous in the quality movement in South African higher education is the fact that it is being substantially shaped by the legislative and policy direction of the new democratic government.  This framework within which a national quality assurance system is evolving, is addressed in this paper. 

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Chapter Title: Quality teaching and learning in South African universities: policies and practices
Book Title: Towards a quality culture in higher education: processes, outcomes and challenges
City: Bentley, Western Australia
Publisher: Curtin University of Technology
No. of Pages: 23-39


Date:1999
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Quality of Higher Education,Quality Assurance, South African Universities, Policy, Self Evaluation, Models, Institutional Differentiation


File Size:103 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by Curtin University of Technology
Date Added:26 March 2007


Fourie, Magda; Van der Westhuizen, Louis; Alt, Heinrich; Holtzhausen, Somarie (1999). Quality teaching and learning in South African universities: policies and practices. In Jennifer Weir Towards a quality culture in higher education : Processes, outcomes and challenges, Bentley, Western Australia: Curtin University of Technology, 23-39