n South African Journal of Higher Education - Towards an African philosophy of higher education : perspectives on higher education
|Article Title||Towards an African philosophy of higher education : perspectives on higher education|
|© Publisher:||Higher Education South Africa (HESA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Higher Education|
|Author||B. Van Wyk and P. Higgs|
|Publication Date||Jan 2004|
|Pages||196 - 210|
Philosophical inquiry aims to explain, clarify and rationally justify higher education discourse. In this article we shall explore what an African philosophy of higher education could mean. We begin by offering a conceptual account of constitutive meanings of higher education discourse in South Africa with the aim to identify gaps. Thereafter we attempt to reconstruct a notion of African higher education, in particular how notions of <I>ubuntu</I> and community guide practices such as teaching, learning and research within higher education. Our contention is that higher education discourse in South Africa would be impoverished if it fails to recognise African philosophical thought and practice.
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