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Walker, Melanie – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2022
South Africa still faces inequalities with regard to access to higher education opportunities. Foregrounding student voices at one university, the paper compares how students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds make decisions about going to university. The focus is on those who have succeeded, but ideas can be extrapolated regarding those who…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Access to Education, Foreign Countries, College Bound Students
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Walker, Melanie; Mathebula, Mikateko – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2020
In order to understand how students from low-income rural backgrounds in South Africa experience higher education and the opportunities and obstacles they encounter, the paper draws on two waves of interviews with 30 students currently studying at three large urban universities. Using concepts of capabilities and functionings, monetary resources…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, College Students, Student Experience, Rural Youth
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Walker, Melanie; Loots, Sonja – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2016
The paper considers citizenship formation at universities, drawing on the example of a student leadership project at the University of the Free State, a formerly White South African university, in a higher education context and society where racialised difference continues to influence peer relationships. The paper proposes a multi-dimensional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Citizenship, Student Attitudes, Criticism
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Walker, Melanie – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2012
The generation of a public-good, capabilities-based approach to professional education in South African universities is outlined and proposed as a contribution to wider social transformation. The relevance and importance of understanding what Amartya Sen describes as "capability failure" in the lives of people living in poverty is…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Professional Education, Foreign Countries, Human Dignity