n South African Journal of Higher Education - African indegenous knowledge systems (AIKSs) : another challenge for curriculum development in higher education? : perspectives on higher education

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Curriculum development is one of the central features in the process of transforming higher education in South Africa. With the colonial and neo-colonial traditions still being the pervading influences in university/technikon corridors, it is time the issue of African indigenous knowledge systems (AIKSs) was brought to the fore and its relevance to the education system explored. There are certain approaches that curriculum developers in South African institutions of higher learning can adopt as they acknowledge and engage with AIKS in their curricula. This article is based on an analysis of some of such educational approaches and is also a discussion on the possibilities of engaging with AIKS in the process of recurriculation in higher education in South Africa. Theories and paradigms on teaching and learning like phenomenography, postmodernism, Mode 2 knowledge production, present ideal opportunities for researchers to explore teaching and learning through methodologies beyond the positivistic approach as well as the traditional Western knowledge systems.

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