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ERIC Number: EJ989935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
4th Annual SATN Conference 2011: Curriculum Transformation at Universities of Technology: Towards Development of New Generation Universities
Mthembu, T.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v26 n2 p185-197 2012
The South African Technology Network (SATN) would like to thank the Editor of the "South African Journal of Higher Education" (SAJHE) for the opportunity to publish papers read at the 4th Annual SATN Conference that was hosted by Central University of Technology and held in Bloemfontein in November 2011. The journal makes it possible for universities of technology (UoTs) to share their collective thoughts, plans and strategies on UoT curriculum planning, design and dissemination with the rest of the higher education fraternity. Undoubtedly, this edition contributes to the development, nuance and expansion of curricula at UoTs and in other types of universities. One may ask a few questions: What is so particular or special about curriculum at UoTs? As universities, do UoTs not employ similar curriculum strategies as others? Should they or should they not? What trends are there internationally and nationally on curriculum transformation that UoTs should find applicable? The 4th Annual SATN Conference 2011 was organised to provide answers to these questions and many more. The SATN believes the conference helped, in particular, to promote academic debate and knowledge sharing on philosophies, content and structure of workplace focused curricula at UoTs. The theme of the conference was: "Curriculum transformation at universities of technology: towards development of new generation universities." The conference also provided an opportunity for attendees to gain a deeper understanding of the implications of the higher education qualifications framework (HEQF), something that has been a bone of contention for UoTs for many years. This special edition is seminal in many ways, especially amongst UoTs, most of which do not have a tradition of curriculum research. It should help to reach a common understanding, within the higher education sector and within the country in general, on the realities and complexities UoTs face in curriculum transformation. Without doubt, other types of universities will benefit, too, from this body of work. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa