n South African Journal of Higher Education - Educational research : on tensions, expectations and policy : initiating debate

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This essay argues that society's demands on the higher education system are to some extent legitimate. However, there seem to be some unintended effects of the dominant discourses of performativity, which impact deplorably on education and educational research. We deal with some of the tensions which permeate higher education discourses, in particular the duration of research projects, the atomism of individuals doing research, and the relationship between research and education policy. We recognise that at least there is a willingness within the higher education sector to engage critically with value-laden aspects of education.

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