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Title:Some reflections on the Africanisation of higher education curricula: a South African case study
Author:Prinsloo, Paul
Year:2010
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Volume:40
Issue:1
Pages:19-31
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:higher education
curriculum
Africanization
educational policy
universities
Abstract:As the development discourse in Africa has moved away from a sole emphasis on economic development to human development, the content and the purpose of curricula in African higher education are contested. While higher education in Africa will continue to produce graduates who can contribute to the economic development in Africa, the critical move to emphasize human development requires higher education to produce critical graduates suited to finding solutions to the unique challenges on the African continent. Critical graduates in an African context, however, also means students who can formulate and question accepted Western canons of knowledge; discover, validate and celebrate the contributions of indigenous knowledge systems, and negotiate an African identity in its multiple intersectionality with gender, race, location, language, religion and cultural markers. This article explores the Africanization of higher education curricula in the context of the University of South Africa (UNISA). It interrogates Africanization as legitimate counternarrative and the quest for an African identity and culture, proposes a rationale for a critical African scholarship, and finally provides some pointers for the development of African curricula. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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