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Title:
Knowledge and Change in African Universities Volume 2 – Re-Imagining the Terrain
Author:
Cross, Michael. editor.
ISBN:
9789463008457
Physical Description:
VI, 198 p. online resource.
Series:
African Higher Education: Developments and Perspectives
Contents:
Transforming Knowledge Production Systems in the New African University -- Africanising Institutional Culture: What Is Possible and Plausible -- Pan-African Curriculum in Higher Education: A Reflection -- Educational Policy and the Africanisation of Knowledge in the African University -- Critical Scholarship in South Africa: Considerations of Epistemology, Theory and Method -- Africanisation of the Study of African Languages and Linguistics in African Universities -- Knowledge and Change in the African University: Some Prospects and Opportunities for Internationalisation -- Managerialism as Anti-Social: Some Implications of Ubuntu for Knowledge Production -- Performance Management in the African University as Panopticism: Embedding Prison-Like Conditions -- The Challenges Facing Academic Scholarship in Africa: A Critical Analysis -- Beyond Closure and Fixed Frameworks -- About the Contributors.
Abstract:
While African universities retain their core function as primary institutions for advancement of knowledge, they have undergone fundamental changes in this regard. These changes have been triggered by a multiplicity of factors, including the need to address past economic and social imbalances, higher education expansion alongside demographic and economic growth concerns, and student throughput and success with the realization that greater participation has not meant greater equity. Constraining these changes is largely the failure to recognize the encroachment of the profit motive into the academy, or a shift from a public good knowledge/learning regime to a neo-liberal knowledge/learning regime. Neo-liberalism, with its emphasis on the economic and market function of the university, rather than the social function, is increasingly destabilizing higher education particularly in the domain of knowledge, making it increasingly unresponsive to local social and cultural needs. Corporate organizational practices, commodification and commercialization of knowledge, dictated by market ethics, dominate university practices in Africa with negative impact on professional values, norms and beliefs. Under such circumstances, African humanist progressive virtues (e.g. social solidarity, compassion, positive human relations and citizenship), democratic principles (equity and social justice) and the commitment to decolonization ideals guided by altruism and common good, are under serious threat. The book goes a long way in unraveling how African universities can respond to these challenges at the levels of institutional management, academic scholarship, the structure of knowledge production and distribution, institutional culture, policy and curriculum.
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The book goes a long way in unraveling how African universities can respond to challenges at the levels of institutional management, academic scholarship, the structure of knowledge production and distribution, institutional culture, policy and curriculum.