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Author Cloete, Nico.
Title Doctoral Education in South Africa : Policy, Discourse and Data / Nico Cloete, Johann Mouton, Charles Sheppard.
Imprint Cape Town : African Minds, 2015.

Subject Education, Higher -- South Africa.
Description 1 online resource (296 pages) : illustrations
Summary Worldwide, in Africa and in South Africa, the importance of the doctorate has increased disproportionately in relation to its share of the overall graduate output over the past decade. This heightened attention has not only been concerned with the traditional role of the PhD, namely the provision of future academics; rather, it has focused on the increasingly important role that higher education--and, particularly, high-level skills--is perceived to play in national development and the knowledge economy. This book is unique in the area of research into doctoral studies because it draws on a large number of studies conducted by the Centre of Higher Education Trust (CHET) and the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), as well as on studies from the rest of Africa and the world. In addition to the historical studies, new quantitative and qualitative research was undertaken to produce the evidence base for the analyses presented in the book. The findings presented in Doctoral Education in South Africa pose anew at least six tough policy questions that the country has struggled with since 1994, and continues to struggle with, if it wishes to gear up the system to meet the target of 5 000 new doctorates a year by 2030. Discourses framed around the single imperatives of growth, efficiency, transformation or quality will not, however, generate the kind of policy discourses required to resolve these tough policy questions effectively. What is needed is a change in approach that accommodates multiple imperatives and allows for these to be addressed simultaneously.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Title Page; Copyright; Contents; List of figures and tables; Preface; About the authors; List of frequently used acronyms; Chapter 1: The demand for a doctorate: Global, African and South African contexts; Chapter 2: The demand to increase doctorates; Chapter 3: The demand for improved efficiency; Chapter 4: The demand for transformation; Chapter 5: Improve the quality of doctoral education; Chapter 6: Multiple paths to success; Chapter 7: Incremental change and a paradigm shift; Chapter 8: Policy choices and implications; Appendix 1: Data sources and methodology.
Appendix 2: Responses to the presentation of preliminary findings from the Study on the Doctorate in South Africa (May 2014)Appendix 3: Current trends in PhD studies: A review of articles published on the University World News website (2013); Appendix 4: Government steering of doctoral production; Appendix 5: Additional data on the doctorate in South Africa; Appendix 6: Scenarios that will produce doctoral graduates by 2030; References.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 1928331211 (electronic bk.)
9781928331216 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 945447290
Additional Format Print version: Cloete, Nico. Doctoral Education in South Africa. Cape Town African Minds 2015 1928331009 (OCoLC)941731806