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ERIC Number: EJ852715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
The "Qualifications Business" in Higher Education
Berkhout, S. J.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v20 n5 p572-581 2006
Qualifications have become academic currency. Apart from adding to the success and fluency with which people can move or be transferred from job to job, nationally and internationally, qualifications also serve to shape individuals' perceptions of their own worth because of their impact on their holders' expectations and prospects, as well as their power to elicit material rewards. In increasingly complex, interrelated and dynamic societies, assessment systems and related qualifications are powerful mediators of livelihoods. Qualifications have become signifiers of merit in terms of a person's knowledge, skills and competence. The greater the correspondence between the represented qualities and the actual performance of a person, the closer we are to attaining a "valuable" human resource or reliably saleable qualification. This article explores some of the implications of this for developments in higher education in the context of the growing internationalisation and commercialisation of the assessment and qualification business. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa