n South African Journal of Higher Education - Negotiating a way onto the NQF : a humanities perspective

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article examines the effects of the imposition of a new Higher Education and Training dispensation on academics working in the Humanities disciplines at South African Universities. It uses Habermas' two concepts of "system" and "lifeworld" to try to make sense of current tensions experienced by many of these academics. It argues that both the demands of the system and of the lifeworld needs of its practitioners may be accommodated within the different moments of the curriculum action-research cycle, but that this will require very careful planning by those involved in establishing quality assurance systems both at the institutional and national levels.

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