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Shalem, Yael; Allais, Stephanie – Curriculum Journal, 2019
This paper examines two influential views within the sociology of knowledge, specifically in literature examining relationships between knowledge, curriculum, and social justice, located in the South African context of extreme inequality and poverty. The first emphasizes the role of disciplines in creating criteria of powerful knowledge, arguing…
Descriptors: Sociology, Knowledge Level, Intellectual Disciplines, Social Justice
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Allais, Stephanie – Comparative Education, 2017
A crisis of student funding has led to most South African universities being closed for weeks, after protests in 2015 and again in 2016. A policy response to these events requires insight into relationships between higher education, society, and the economy. This paper interrogates the assumptions which underpin current approaches to measuring…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Economic Impact, Value Judgment
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Allais, Stephanie; Marock, Carmel; Ngcwangu, Siphelo – Journal of Education and Work, 2017
In South Africa, a national peak structure, the Human Resource Development Council, led by the Deputy President and consisting of key Cabinet Ministers, senior leaders from organised labour and business, community representatives, professional bodies and experts from research and higher education, was established to enable high-level coordination…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Foreign Countries, Skill Development, Higher Education
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Allais, Stephanie – Journal of Education and Work, 2017
This paper engages with an extensive body of research by David Raffe to explore what it means to say that a qualifications framework "works", in light of the limited evidence to support the claims made about this popular policy phenomenon. The framework regarded as the most successful, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, is…
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, Classification, Education Work Relationship, Context Effect
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Allais, Stephanie – Journal of Education and Work, 2012
The idea of learning outcomes seems to increasingly dominate education policy internationally. Many claims are made about what they can achieve, for example, in enabling comparison of qualifications across countries, improving the recognition of prior learning and improving educational quality. The claims made for the role of learning outcomes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Educational Quality, Educational Policy
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Allais, Stephanie – International Journal of Educational Development, 2012
This paper examines experiences with "skills development" in South Africa to contribute to broader debates about "skills" and the relationships between vocational education and development. Numerous policy interventions and the creation of new institutions and systems for skills development in South Africa are widely seen as…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, State Regulation, Labor Market, Quality Control