n Education as Change - An analysis of transformation at three South African universities

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1682-3206
  • E-ISSN: 1947-9417
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In this article I analyse the institutional plans (three-year rolling, employment equity, and strategic) of the three universities in the Western Cape province (Stellenbosch, Cape Town, and the Western Cape). My contention is that a focus only on performance indicators, as overwhelmingly announced in institutional plans, would not enact deep transformation. To soften the blow on performativity (arguing for less performativity) I attempt to provide an African perspective on educational transformation and identify 'ubuntu' and 'community/ communitarianism' as key aspects in terms of which transformation could be deepened. I argue that unless 'performativity' in educational transformation also creates spaces for imagination and creativity, the potential exists that educational transformation at the three higher education institutions would be thin. My main argument is that unless institutional plans address both the achievement of performance indicator measures and virtues of African philosophy (such as ubuntu and communitarianism), transformation would be sham or thin.

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