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Understanding Higher Education : Alternative Perspectives.

Author/Creator:
Bowie, Chrissie.
Publication:
Oxford : African Minds, 2021.
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1 online resource (182 pages)
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Other Title:
Understanding Higher Education
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Contents:
Cover
Title page
About the book
Acknowledgements
Copyright page
Contents
1. Taking stock
Global change and higher education
The challenge for the Global South
Why look at South Africa?
What does this book aim to do?
2. Making sense of experiences and observations
Doing research on teaching and learning
The nature of reality
Archer's Social Realism
Archer's morphogenetic framework
3. Dominant discourses, policy challenges
The global and the local
The macro level
The meso and micro levels
Policy after apartheid
Curriculum and the global economy
Quality assurance
Funding higher education
Reorganising the system
The Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework
Conclusion
4. Denying context, misunderstanding students
The power of the words we use
Students as decontextualised individuals
The misappropriation of theories on teaching and learning
The 'language problem' and how it lets universities off the hook
Reading and writing as ideological acts
Fixing the problem of academic literacy
Disadvantage as an explanation for failure
The university as a neutral space
Students as clients
Students as social beings, the university as a social space
Foregrounding students' epistemological access
Conclusion
5. Reconceptualising curriculum, structuring access
What is curriculum?
The curriculum is conditioned by the structure of knowledge
The curriculum provides access to powerful knowledge
The curriculum is conditioned by social context
The curriculum is conditioned by institutional histories
Historical differentiation by race
Private higher education
The focus on programmes and modules
Extended curricula
Academic advising
Conclusion
6. Resisting and complying. Academics responding to change.
Academics and agency
The conditioning role of the discipline in academics' identity formation
The history of the system and the conditioning of individuals
New Public Management and managerialism
Staffing in a global structure
The emergence of compliance
Ever-increasing demands on academic life
Staff demographics
Concluding thoughts
7. Evaluating change, looking forward
Introduction
The landscape at T4
A differentiated and developmental system
A Covid Postscript
References
Back cover.
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Contributor:
McKenna, Sioux.
ISBN:
1-928502-22-9