n South African Journal of Higher Education - How now 'cloned' cow? Challenging conceptualisations of South African universities of technology
|Article Title||How now 'cloned' cow? Challenging conceptualisations of South African universities of technology|
|© Publisher:||Higher Education South Africa (HESA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Higher Education|
|Author||K.V. Thathiah and D. Schauffer|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||181 - 191|
Three challenges are posed to the architects of South African Universities of Technology in terms of the definitions of technology, the view that technology is in itself a positive value, and the usage of the term in relation to definitions of human beings or the human condition. There is a need to broaden and deepen the understanding and conceptualisation of these definitions as they pertain to the institution type. The definition of a university of technology as an institution type cannot logically be determined outside of attempts to define technology per se. Moreover, these issues are in a constant state of flux and to ignore this may lead to the establishment of a monolithic institution that is neither geared towards reflective practice nor able to accommodate the kind of critical discourse that is required to mediate the effects of technology in a fast-changing world.
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