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Sattar, K.; Cooke, L. A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
At the end of 2010 the Durban University of Technology initiated a Curriculum Renewal Project, central to which is the aspiration to become a student centred university through the transformation of teaching and learning and the promotion of quality enhancement. However, the current realities for curriculum development and quality assurance at the…
Descriptors: Quality Control, Curriculum Development, Context Effect, Models
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Bitzer, E. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
Wenger (2000, 229) describes communities of practice as the "basic building blocks of a social learning system" since they are the "social containers" that make up such a system. By practising in academic communities, academics define with one another what constitutes academic competence and, for that matter, what constitutes…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Higher Education, Quality Control, Foreign Countries
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Ntshoe, I.; Higgs, P.; Wolhuter, C. C.; Higgs, L. G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
This article examines notions of quality and quality assurance in higher education. It does this by raising questions such as whether quality in higher education is the same as, for example, quality of clothing or the quality of meat in local butcheries. The article questions the assumption that if certain things, such as criteria or…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Sector, Quality Control, Measurement
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Kilfoil, W. R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
This article looks at the way in which people perceive learning and the impact of these perceptions on teaching methods within the context of learning development in distance education. The context could, in fact, be any type of teaching and learning environment. The point is to balance approaches to teaching and learning depending on student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Theories, Educational Attitudes, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Venter, P. A.; Bezuidenhout, M. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
Quality assurance in higher education has a bearing on the policies, systems and processes directed at ensuring the quality of education provision in an institution (HEQC 1996, 14). To ensure a striving for excellence in academic programmes in a Faculty, to determine the extent to which this striving is achieved and to promote development and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Control, Evaluation Criteria, Program Implementation
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Monnapula-Mapesela, M. L. E.; Moraka, T. S. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
The birth of democracy in South Africa resulted in the mammoth task of transforming the higher education sector. Policies, structures, procedures and processes underwent a review that hoped to align the system with the needs of the wider population of the country. Among other strategies that are used for this process are quality assurance…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Democracy, Quality Control, Foreign Countries
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Moodly, A.; Saunderson, I. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
The Council for Higher Educations' (CHE) Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) requires internal quality evaluations to be performed on the various programmes offered by the Faculty before visitation by the HEQC. This article examines some of the challenges and processes followed by six of the departments of Walter Sisulu University's Faculty…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Relations, Quality Control, Sciences
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Bender, C. J. G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
The curriculum should be paramount in the academic field since the university uses curricula to put its ideas into effect. The curriculum field and community engagement are both comprehensive at universities but research on curricular community engagement (CCE) is imperative. Curriculum theory was used as a theoretical framework for this article,…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Higher Education, Research Universities, Curriculum Research
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Hattingh, A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
For the African Virtual University and its consortium of African universities the implementation of quality promoting initiatives are not without challenges and scepticisms. To be discussed in this article is the case of a teacher education qualification in ten different African countries. Seven countries were sampled and visited in 2006 with the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Qualifications, Virtual Universities, Educational Quality
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Loots, A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2008
The evaluation of educational or social programmes is paramount for establishing success or impact in higher education. Evaluation questions about programme goals (e.g. better performance of first-year students) or about the quality of programme strategies (design and implementation) and effectiveness of delivery (coordinator inputs and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Models, Research Methodology
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Sesemane, M. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2007
Policy formulation and implementation is a highly contested domain within the South African Higher Education landscape. This contestation can be attributed to the lack of wide stakeholder involvement and the architecture of the policy-making process. The contestation is also born of an absence of a systemic monitoring and evaluation mechanism to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Information, Quality Control, Foreign Countries
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Bezuidenhout, M. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2007
Quality assurance in medical education is a complex matter. Institutions and external critics of accreditation processes often question the objectivity of peer judgements. Members of accreditation panels similarly often feel at a loss for a lack of mechanisms to help them arrive at a collective assessment of the performance of an institution. In…
Descriptors: Medical Education, Participant Observation, Quality Control, Foreign Countries
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Mammen, K. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2006
The presently reported part of the study gathered data on the academics' perceptions on quality in higher education (QHE) and investigated the general quality promotion (QP), quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC) and quality management (QM) strategies in the institutional level of a historically developing university (HDU), its Faculty of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Control, Foreign Countries, Staff Development
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Symes, Ashley – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2006
The article interprets a particular set of debates on whether quality assurance in South African higher education widens democracy or not. The interpretation explores the extent to which higher education quality assurance fulfils three conditions posited for democracy (inclusion, participation and enhancement), drawing in as points of reference…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Intellectual Freedom, Academic Freedom, Democracy
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Besley, A. C.; Peters, Michael A. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2006
This article provides a critical discussion of the neoliberal reforms of higher education focusing on new managerialism and New Public Management. It also distinguishes between democratic and market accountability regimes, examining how the former arise from classical liberalism and the latter from neoliberalism. The article then examines…
Descriptors: Quality Control, Educational Change, Political Attitudes, Accountability
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