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Employment and employability: expectations of higher education responsiveness in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2004-12-15 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T10:26:09Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T10:26:09Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/7558
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the expectations of higher education responsiveness of key employer, education, and training constituencies in South Africa. Empirical data was gathered through a series of focus group and individual interviews, and analysed in terms of distinctions in the ideal relationship between education and the workplace. The paper demonstrates that there are clear differences in the way the call for responsiveness is framed and legitimated in the expectations of representatives of the private and public sectors, Professional Associations, Sectoral Education and Training Authorities, and higher education institutions. Nevertheless, a common new model of `employability? that assumes a direct link between higher education and the labour market increasingly underpins these expectations. The tacit skills, knowledge, and attitudes formerly developed through work experience are now expected to be an integral part of higher education programmes and curricula, to provide the `soft?, `transverse?, `life?, or `high? skills? as they are variously termed by different sectors. In developing these insights, the study aims to inform the ways in which the higher education sector in South Africa can actively negotiate the terms of its engagement in a new global and national policy context that assigns it new economic roles. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject HIGHER EDUCATION en
dc.subject LABOUR MARKET en
dc.subject SKILLS DEVELOPMENT en
dc.subject RESPONSIVENESS RESEARCH en
dc.title Employment and employability: expectations of higher education responsiveness in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume 19(6) en
dc.BudgetYear 2004/05 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human Resources Development en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of Education Policy en
dc.ArchiveNumber 3266 en
dc.PageNumber 673-689 en
dc.outputnumber 1579 en
dc.bibliographictitle Kruss, G. (2004) Employment and employability: expectations of higher education responsiveness in South Africa. <i>Journal of Education Policy</i>. 19(6):673-689. en
dc.publicationyear 2004 en
dc.contributor.author1 Kruss, G. en


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