Knowledge, curriculum and qualifications for South African further education

OUTPUT TYPE: Monograph (Book)
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2006
TITLE EDITOR(S): M.Young, J.Gamble
KEYWORDS: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, FURTHER EDUCATION & TRAINING (FET), KNOWLEDGE LEVEL, SECONDARY EDUCATION, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Web link: http://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/full_title_info.asp?id=2152
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 4037

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Abstract

All countries, and South Africa is no exception, face acute dilemmas in modernising their systems of upper secondary and further education and training. Faced with pressures from the fast changing world of work, this education sector has become characterized by political slogans stressing skill development, improved access and participation, and the accountability of providers through some form of market. On the other hand, the phenomenon of 'academic drift' reveals that students increasingly see their future as progressing to higher education. Policymakers attempt to resolve these competing demands by calling for transferable, portable outcomes and qualifications as the new currency of an increasingly market-type system.