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ERIC Number: EJ757339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0952-8733
The Call for an African University: A Critical Reflection
van Wyk, Berte; Higgs, Philip
Higher Education Policy, v20 n1 p61-71 2007
In this paper, we draw on philosophy (particularly African philosophy) to analyse the call for an African university. The call for an African university may be viewed as a call that insists that all critical and transformative educators in Africa embrace an indigenous African worldview and root their nation's educational paradigms in an indigenous socio-cultural and epistemological framework. In this reflection, we give attention to two matters: (1) what is African? and (2) what is an African university? We comment on distinguishing features between a Eurocentric or western idea of a university, and an African sense of the role and function of the university in society, and then spell out the implications of these distinctions for higher education policy in South Africa.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; South Africa