ERIC Number: EJ1076773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
The Dilemma of Public Administration Education in South Africa: Teaching or Learning?
Kroukamp, Hendri; de Vries, Michiel S.
Teaching Public Administration, v32 n2 p158-168 Sep 2014
This article points to the adverse circumstances in which public administration education and training has to take place in developing countries, more specifically in South Africa. This is especially seen in the combination of scarce resources and rapidly increasing enrolment. The consequence thereof is that the didactics of education and training suffer in becoming characterized by mere teaching instead of the promotion of learning. The article points to a serious dilemma especially faced under such difficult circumstances, namely that a curriculum either addresses all the subjects relevant from an academic perspective and conform to international accreditation criteria, and becomes deficient in the way all these topics are taught--or opts to prioritize topics based on a skills-needs analysis and optimizes the way in which this limited number of topics is learned.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Administration Education, Developing Nations, Educational Quality, Educational Practices, Teacher Student Ratio, Educational Policy, Public Policy, Curriculum, Instructional Effectiveness, Training, Higher Education, Quality Assurance, Capacity Building, Cultural Context
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa