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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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Abstract

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.


Keywords

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

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