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ERIC Number: EJ937561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Part-Time Lecturers Teaching Part-Time Learners at University: A Transformation Issue
February, C.; Koetsier, J.; Walters, S.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v24 n6 p972-986 2010
The relationship between the academic labour market and the global labour market provides an important context for this research. There appear to be growing numbers of part-time lecturers at universities worldwide, which is seen as an extension of casualisation of labour more generally. From a social justice perspective, it is therefore of concern that more is not known about part-time employed academics in South African higher education. Through utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods the research presents a preliminary picture of a peripheral group of academics at one university who are teaching an equally peripheral but sizable group of adult learners. The peripheral status of the part-time lecturers is further exacerbated by the poor data sources available and the limited knowledge of who they are and what they contribute to the teaching and learning of part-time students. This research brings into view both the largely invisible part-time lecturers and part-time students in the hope that this can lead to equitable and ethical actions by higher education authorities, and so transform the culture of the institutions to reflect the realities of growing numbers of both part-time students and staff. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa