ERIC Number: EJ847387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
The Review of Teacher Education Programmes and Transformational Quality
Bitzer, E.; Botha, J.; Menkveld, H.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v22 n6 p1172-1184 2008
The Higher Education Quality Committee's definition of quality (HEQC 2001) includes standard elements familiar to other higher education systems as well as elements specific to South Africa's own contextual priorities and purposes. These elements are fitness for and of purpose, value for money, and individual and social transformation (Singh 2006). This article addresses the latter quality element by assessing whether and to what extent the 2006/7 review of teacher education programmes potentially impacted upon these programmes. The study was conducted at one higher education institution where teacher education programmes were reviewed by the HEQC in 2006 and preliminary results have been announced to the institution. Processes, outcomes and follow-up actions by relevant programme committees were explored by means of questionnaires and a post hoc focus group interview involving members of these committees. The results were analysed to determine whether transformational quality had indeed been enhanced by the HEQC review. Indications from the research are that attempts at transformational quality were affected, albeit on a limited scale. The article argues whether or not further measures should be introduced to enhance transformational quality without damaging institutional autonomy and academic freedom.
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Higher Education, Academic Freedom, Committees, Focus Groups, Institutional Autonomy, Social Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa