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South African universities and human development: Towards a theorisation and operationalisation of professional capabilities for poverty reduction
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International Journal of Educational Development Volume 29, Number 6, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

This paper reports on a research project investigating the role of universities in South Africa in contributing to poverty reduction through the quality of their professional education programmes. The focus here is on theorising and the early operationalisation of multi-layered, multi-dimensional transformation based on ideas from Amartya Sen's capability approach. Key features of a professionalism oriented to public service, which in South Africa must mean the needs and lives of the poor, are outlined. These features include: the demand from justice; the expansion of the comprehensive capabilities both of the poor and professional capability formation to be able to act in ‘pro-poor’ ways; and, praxis pedagogies which shape this connected process. This theorisation is then tentatively operationalised in a process of selecting transformation dimensions.

Citation

Walker, M., McLean, M., Dison, A. & Peppin-Vaughan, R. (2009). South African universities and human development: Towards a theorisation and operationalisation of professional capabilities for poverty reduction. International Journal of Educational Development, 29(6), 565-572. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved February 6, 2023 from .

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