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Clark, David A. – Comparative Education, 2017
This paper reflects on the identification of relevant aspects of education for measurement purposes. It begins by reviewing some detailed lists of educational capabilities from disparate literatures. It then considers how ordinary South Africans perceive education by drawing on two open-ended surveys, and attempts to reconcile their views with…
Descriptors: Measurement, Poverty, Foreign Countries, Correlation
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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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Paulson, Julia; Bellino, Michelle J. – Comparative Education, 2017
Transitional justice and education both occupy increasingly prominent space on the international peacebuilding agenda, though less is known about the ways they might reinforce one another to contribute towards peace. This paper presents a cross-national analysis of truth commission (TC) reports spanning 1980-2015, exploring the range of…
Descriptors: Ethics, Peace, Social Change, Civil Rights
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Desai, Zubeida – Comparative Education, 2016
Increasingly, there is a growing move towards using global languages such as English as media of instruction. Does one swim against this growing tide or does one look at strategies to accommodate English in multilingual contexts such as prevail in South Africa? In this article I examine the debates in South Africa about the role of English in…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, English (Second Language), Multilingualism, Low Income Groups
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Sayed, Yusuf; Ahmed, Rashid – Comparative Education, 2011
In spite of numerous definitions of quality, consensus on what constitutes quality is less clear and contested. Using South Africa as a case study, this paper explores the current conceptual thinking and debates about education quality. Specifically the paper reviews selected South African policy texts to identify how some of the global dimensions…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy
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Spreen, Carol Anne; Vally, Salim – Comparative Education, 2010
The 10-year anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa in 2004 provoked much reflection and fuelled new policy debates on both the progress and failures of educational reform. While a myriad of achievements have been touted and are well-known to international audiences, a swelling critique from inside South Africa shows that…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Racial Segregation, Elections, Audiences
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Hoppers, Wim – Comparative Education, 2009
This article examines "inter-ministerial cooperation" (IMC) in the education sector as a form of development cooperation, whereby a ministry of education in the north collaborates with counterpart(s) in the south for purposes of mutual interest and development. It explores the characteristics and dynamics of IMC, and addresses the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Technical Assistance, Agency Cooperation
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Gilmour, David; Soudien, Crain – Comparative Education, 2009
Silent exclusion, when children register and attend school but learn little, is a critical feature of educational access in South Africa. Several international studies (e.g. TIMMS, SACMEQ) have shown that despite high levels of investment, South African schools perform poorly in relation to other countries at similar levels of income. Equitable…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Equal Education
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Perry, Kristen H. – Comparative Education, 2008
This research review examines trends in recent scholarship concerning primary school literacy instruction in Southern Africa. Past scholarship, particularly that which originated from western researchers, focused on technical or structural issues facing literacy instruction in the region, such as language of instruction, school conditions,…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Language of Instruction, Foreign Countries, Literacy
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Karlsson, Jenni – Comparative Education, 2002
School governance reform in post-apartheid South Africa aimed to democratize schooling while accommodating diverse school histories of underdevelopment or self-management. Analysis of relevant legislation shows the reform was structured to allow representative democracy and partnerships. But two recent studies suggest that governance reforms have…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Educational Change, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Policy
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Harvey, Stephen; Peacock, Alan – Comparative Education, 2001
Traces the lifecycle of the Primary Science Programme (PSP), 1983-99, a representative South African nongovernmental organization. Shows how the social and economic environment shaped PSP development and demise. Highlights tensions between quality versus quantity, subject versus holistic focus, and participatory versus authoritarian management…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Development
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Walters, Shirley – Comparative Education, 1999
Draws on Belanger's all-inclusive holistic framework for lifelong learning to analyze three contexts for lifelong learning in South Africa. Focuses on needs for improvement in initial education, adult education, and diffuse learning environments, as well as the need for policy concerned with both economic competitiveness and social equity. (SV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Black Education, Educational Change, Educational Needs
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Muller, Johan – Comparative Education, 1998
Considers South African curriculum reforms borrowed from New Zealand--outcomes-based education and a national qualifications framework--in terms of development of self-regulated learners and the kinds of teachers needed for such learners. Analyzes the implicit pedagogical logic of performance and competence models of pedagogy, and concludes that…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries