n South African Journal of Higher Education - From marginal to mainstream : an argument for locating education development in the academic department

Volume 29, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article contends that core responsibility, formation and execution of education development (ED) initiatives should occur in the academic department. For too long, ED has been handed off to peripheral bodies within South African universities. These programmes are limited in their reach, relevance and usefulness to students. Through reporting on a case study of ED in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape town (UCT), Cape Town, South Africa, the authors argue that ED within the academic discipline has three major benefits, namely: (i) initiatives can develop based on effective identification of student need; (ii) ED can be normalised and its stigma can be reduced; and (iii) ED becomes discipline-specific and properly contextualised to student learning.

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