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Swartz, Rebecca; Ivancheva, Mariya; Czerniewicz, Laura; Morris, Neil P. – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2019
This paper examines the idea of 'core business' in contemporary South African public universities. South Africa's public higher education system has global ambitions, but is also highly internally stratified. Drawing on new data from interviews with higher education leaders and government policymakers across a number of South African institutions,…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Problems
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van Breda, Adrian D. – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
Youth transitioning into university face numerous life challenges, particularly in South Africa with its high levels of poverty and inequality. This article, recognising the vulnerability of many students, sets out to identify the resilience processes that facilitate the resilient outcomes of life satisfaction and academic progress. Using a sample…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resilience (Psychology), Transfer Students, At Risk Students
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Breetzke, Gregory D.; Hedding, David W. – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
In this work, we contribute to the debate on the transformation of higher education institutions (HEIs) in post-apartheid South Africa by examining the changing demography of academic staff bodies at 25 South African HEIs from 2005 to 2015. We use empirical data to provide initial insights into the changing racial profiles of academic staff bodies…
Descriptors: Demography, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Adults
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Walker, Melanie – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
The focus is on the micro-possibilities of student capabilities formation as the end of public-good higher education, rather than on a systems or organizations approach more commonly found in discussions of the public good and higher education. This does not discount other valuable public-good ends. Using South Africa as a global South context, a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, College Graduates, Role of Education
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Leibowitz, Brenda; Bozalek, Vivienne; Farmer, Jean; Garraway, James; Herman, Nicoline; Jawitz, Jeff; McMillan, Wendy; Mistri, Gita; Ndebele, Clever; Nkonki, Vuyisile; Quinn, Lynn; van Schalkwyk, Susan; Vorster, Jo-Anne; Winberg, Chris – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
This article reports on the role and value of social reflexivity in collaborative research in contexts of extreme inequality. Social reflexivity mediates the enablements and constraints generated by the internal and external contextual conditions impinging on the research collaboration. It fosters the ability of participants in a collaborative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Cooperation, Power Structure
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McGhie, Venicia – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
The South African higher education sector is faced with high attrition and low retention rates. Studies conducted by the Council on Higher Education in South Africa have found that 50% of black students who access university study drop out, and the majority of dropouts occurred in the first year of study. While these studies revealed what the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dropouts, Academic Persistence, Blacks
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Dirk, Wayne Peter; Gelderblom, Derik – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
In this article we focus on constraints to post-apartheid transformation in the higher education sector of South Africa via a case study of an attempt to introduce a new curriculum for the Bachelor of Education. Thirty-one semi-structured interviews were the main data-gathering method. We use Pierre Bourdieu's concepts of field, capital, habitus…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Shay, Suellen – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2016
The growing demands on higher education have placed an unprecedented external pull on universities. Bernstein (Pedagogy, symbolic control and idenity: theory, research, critique, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., Lanham, 2000) refers to this "outward" pull of the late twentieth century as the "regionalization of…
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Higher Education, Curriculum Development, Role of Education
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Case, Jennifer M.; Marshall, Delia – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2016
In contemporary times there is a renewed focus on the purposes of university education in science or engineering, especially in emerging economy contexts like South Africa where the massification of higher education is in its early stages. The contributions by Muller ("High Educ" 70(3):409-416, 2015) and Walker ("High Educ"…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, College Graduates, Longitudinal Studies
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Vahed, A.; McKenna, S.; Singh, S. – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2016
This paper responds to Muller's notions of "knowing-that" and "knowing how". The paper addresses how educational interventions that are designed in line with targeted discipline-specific subjects can enhance the balance between professional practice and disciplinary knowledge in professionally accredited programmes at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Games, Computer Games, Dentistry
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Lee, Jenny J.; Sehoole, Chika – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2015
This study examined mobility within the understudied region of southern Africa and particularly, the factors that drive and shape educational migration toward South Africa as a regional, continental, and global destination. Based on a survey administered to international students across seven South African universities, the findings revealed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Mobility, Student Educational Objectives, Performance Factors
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de Rassenfosse, Gaétan; Williams, Ross – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2015
With the advent of mass higher education and the consequent absorption of significant national resources, both public and private, it is inevitable that universities are increasingly expected to meet a range of societal needs. They are expected to "connect" with society at large. In this paper, we argue that connectivity is best…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Global Approach, Research, Instruction