n South African Journal of Education - Recontextualising work into academic practices

Volume 25, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



Globalisation and the related changes in social and economic practices have impacted strongly on teaching and learning in higher education; 'Education is being set up as a critical element in economic well-being and competitiveness'. The particular economic practices examined here are those codified as the so-called new work order practices. However, what happens in the workplace is qualitatively different from what happens in higher education classrooms, and there are inherent difficulties in integrating the two in any productive way. Some of the responses to workplace integration into the academy are examined and I argue for the recontextualisation of work into the academy.

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