ISBN 9781928331001
ePub ISBN 9781928331216
Pages 296
Dimensions 254 x 178mm
Published 2015
Publisher African Minds Publishers, South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook

Doctoral Education in South Africa

by Nico Cloete, Johann Mouton, Charles Sheppard

Worldwide, in Africa and in South Africa, the importance of the doctorate has increased disproportionately in relation to its share of the overall graduate output over the past decade. This heightened attention has not only been concerned with the traditional role of the PhD, namely the provision of future academics; rather, it has focused on the increasingly important role that higher education - and, particularly, high-level skills - is perceived to play in national development and the knowledge economy.

This book is unique in the area of research into doctoral studies because it draws on a large number of studies conducted by the Centre of Higher Education Trust (CHET) and the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), as well as on studies from the rest of Africa and the world. In addition to the historical studies, new quantitative and qualitative research was undertaken to produce the evidence base for the analyses presented in the book.

The findings presented in Doctoral Education in South Africa pose anew at least six tough policy questions that the country has struggled with since 1994, and continues to struggle with, if it wishes to gear up the system to meet the target of 5 000 new doctorates a year by 2030. Discourses framed around the single imperatives of growth, efficiency, transformation or quality will not, however, generate the kind of policy discourses required to resolve these tough policy questions effectively. What is needed is a change in approach that accommodates multiple imperatives and allows for these to be addressed simultaneously.

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About the Authors

Nico Cloete

Nico Cloete is the director of the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) in South Africa. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Oslo, and extraordinary professor in the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) at Stellenbosch University. He was general secretary of the Union of South African Democratic Staff Associations (UDUSA), and the research director of the South African National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE). Recent publications include Castells in Africa: Universities and Development.

Johann Mouton

Johann Mouton holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Rand Afrikaans University (University of Johannesburg subsequent to the mergers). He is professor in, and director of, the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and STI Policy (SciSTIP).

Charles Sheppard

Charles Sheppard is the Director of Management Information at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He has extensive knowledge and experience working with post-school information systems and performance indicators, as well as in the areas of higher education planning, higher education funding frameworks and financial modelling.

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