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ERIC Number: EJ847564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Democracy and Higher Education in South Africa: A Dialogue in Tension
Soudien, Crain
South African Journal of Higher Education, v20 n6 p941-949 2006
This article is a critical overview of the symposium on the contribution of the quality assurance process to democracy recently held at the University of Stellenbosch. It argues that recent symposia and colloquia in which South Africans themselves have attempted to stake out their intellectual credentials are extremely important and that the Stellenbosch event must be seen in this light. The article makes an assessment of the self-consciousness of the participants in relation to the major historical and social fractures that characterize South African higher education. In assessing whether this particular meeting should not also have included those who have grievances against the quality assurance process and who have, specifically, been disadvantaged by it, the article suggests that meeting "did" take a deeply self-conscious line. One saw in it, therefore, the incipient marks of good academic citizenship. Privileged as this group was, it never lost sight of the contradictions which surrounded it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa