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A reflective analysis of articles published in the journal of Transformation in Higher Education (2016–2020): Beyond transformation?

Anne Becker
Transformation in Higher Education | Vol 5 | a98 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/the.v5i0.98 | © 2020 Anne Becker | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 2020 | Published: 04 December 2020

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Anne Becker, Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

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Background: The fault lines exposed by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and global economic recession unfolding during 2020 in societies around the world, reiterated the need for transforming higher education globally. In South Africa, transformation in higher education has been a priority since 1994. The first article in this journal was published in 2016 during the 2015-2016 #mustfall protests. During the protests, decolonisation and decolonising of higher education were central.

Aim: A reflective analysis of articles published in the journal of Transformation in Higher Education 2016-2020.

Setting: Transformation and decolonising in global and South African higher education.

Method: A reflective analysis is done through a decolonial lens. The contributions of authors are reflected upon through three themes: place (local and global), epistemology and alienation.

Results: Although I find the engagement with decolonising substantive, I argue that there is still a lack of publications on specifically decoloniality and decolonial analysis.

Conclusion: I argue that the journal of Transformation in Higher Education provides a platform for difficult and robust discussions on decoloniality, transformation, epistemology, issues of sexuality, gender and race, internationalisation and possible pluriversalisation in higher education for South African and international scholars.


alienation; epistemology; decoloniality; local and global; pluriversality; transformation


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