Public administration studies government functions including the implemen¬tation of government policies. It prepares public officials for careers in the public sector. As it is diverse in scope, it aims at advancing management and policies so that the government can function effectively. To better perform their functions, values such as equality, fraternity and democracy need to be inculcated in public officials. It is important to note that Higher Education Institutions need to intervene in training public officials in order to promote human development. This, in turn, poses an interesting paradox for Public Administration. Concerns such as the relevancy of public administration teaching and learning remain a huge chal¬lenge. Therefore this article examines the role of academics in improving public administration in the 21st century. This will be done by exploring the current chal¬lenges that public administration faces in the South African context. This article proposes the concept democratic curriculum as a solution to public administration challenges. To better explore this concept, this article further defines democracy and curriculum.
|Document Title:||Determining the role of academics in teaching and improving of public administration in the 21st century|
|Journal:||Journal of Public Administration|
|No. of Pages:||148-160|
|Document Type:||Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)|
|Subject Area:||Institutional Management|
|Keywords:||Academic Staff, Public Administration, Government, Governance, Good Practice|
|Date Added:||25 July 2012|