n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Outcomes-based assessment : challenges for the teaching of criminology

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Act of 1995 highlights the fact that the nature of learning as well as traditional teaching practices in South Africa necessitates a paradigm shift. Some of the implications of the transitional teaching process for higher education seem to be embodied in the concept of a "learning society". Bellis (1998:1) uses this expression to describe the consequences for individuals involved in a knowledge-driven and knowledge-dependent society where knowledge has become a key factor in shaping the structures and dynamics of their daily lives. Therefore it indicates a decisive transformation from the kind of society where formal learning occurred in a one-off situation to a society in which one has to re-orientate and re-school oneself repeatedly.

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