NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ745724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
Adequacy in the South African Context: A Concept Analysis. Research Article
Amsterdam, Christina
Perspectives in Education, v24 n2 p25-34 Jun 2006
Adequacy as a concept or philosophy has recently emerged as part of school finance literature and policy in South Africa. Broadly defined as sufficient input levels to ensure student achievement of learning goals, adequacy has roots in school finance litigation in the United States of America. A review of school finance literature shows different conceptions of adequacy; as an input measure, an educational outcome measure, and a legal theory. The realisation that equity was not easily attainable, led plaintiffs in North American states to embrace and pursue adequacy as an alternative to, or step in the direction of attaining equity. The evolution of the school funding debate from equity to adequacy in the United States has relevance to the South African context, with obvious limitations. This article explores the promises and limits of adequacy in the South African context.
Perspectives in Education. Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa. Tel: +27-12-420-4732; Fax: +27-12-420-3003; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa; United States