n South African Journal of Higher Education - Quality research in South African higher education : illusions, imperatives and ideals

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Since the installation of the first democratically elected government in 1994, South African higher education has been facing the daunting task of addressing substantial social transformation. The restructuring of higher education creates a number of new opportunities for researchers to contribute to social, political and economic development in the country (Segal 1998). However, the South African higher education research community is still trying to overcome the heritage of the previous fragmented higher education system which did not only hamper the quality of research outputs, but was also detrimental to the development of promising researchers and to society at large. This article is an attempt to firstly give an overview of the complexity of higher education research in South Africa. Secondly the researcher proposes distinctive prerequisites that ensure quality in South African higher education research.

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