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Tensions between system and lifeworld: the imposition of a national qualifications framework on humanities in South Africa

Luckett, Kathy

Abstract:

This paper examines the effects of the imposition of a new Higher Education and Training dispensation on academics working in the Humanities disciplines at South African Universities. It uses Habermas’ two concepts of ‘system’ and lifeworld’ to try to make sense of current tensions experienced by many of these academics. It argues that both the demands of the system and of the lifeworld needs of its practitioners may be accommodated within the different moments of the curriculum action-research cycle, but that this will require very careful planning by those involved in establishing quality assurance systems both at the institutional and national levels.

 

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Title of Paper: Tensions between system and lifeworld: the imposition of a national qualifications framework on humanities in South Africa
Conference Name: Eleventh International Conference on Assessing Quality in Higher Education
Conference Date: 1999-07-23
Conference Location: Manchester, England
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:1999
Document Type:Conference Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:South Africa
Keywords:National Qualifications Framework, Humanities, South African Universities, , Curriculum, Outcomes Based Education OBE, Survey, Academic Staff, Critiques


File Size:100 KB
Date Added:26 March 2007


Luckett, Kathy (1999). Tensions between system and lifeworld: the imposition of a national qualifications framework on humanities in South Africa. Presented at the Eleventh International Conference on Assessing Quality in Higher Education, Manchester: England, July 1999