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Enhancing Quality in Higher Education by George Gordon, Ray Land

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Enhancement or Transformation?

The Significance and Dimensions of Quality Enhancement in Higher Education in South Africa

Ian Scott and Kathy Luckett

Introduction

In developed countries, quality enhancement in higher education is strongly focused on improving the appropriateness of graduate outcomes for contemporary societal conditions. In many developing countries, including all of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the need for such improvement is acute, given the critical role of graduates in addressing development challenges such as poverty alleviation and building functional democracies. In SSA, however, the ‘appropriateness’ goal of quality enhancement is matched in importance by a related imperative: to develop curricula and pedagogies that ...

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