Four questions on curriculum development in contemporary South Africa

Show simple item record Wolff, Ernst 2016-12-21T10:56:59Z 2016-11
dc.description.abstract This article explores current issues in South African philosophy curriculum design. Four questions are considered, each followed by a supplementary note. Firstly, the place of philosophy from other traditions, particularly Western philosophies, in South African curricula is considered (rather than the place of African philosophy in curricula). The related note reflects on whether different philosophical traditions in curricula should be treated separately or integrated. Secondly, ambiguity in some important authors' reception of plural traditions is identified and investigated to see what we can derive from their example for our philosophical practice. The related note looks at "decolonisation of the curriculum". Thirdly, I affirm the importance of relevance as a criterion for curriculum development, interrogating the meaning of this criterion for philosophy. The related note focuses on interpreting student feedback.Fourthly, the continued presence of "white" lecturers in South African philosophy departments is discussed against the background of the tension between the Mandela and Biko paradigms in contemporary society. The related note considers ideological resonances of our response to this issue in other parts of the world. Finally, the article's ideas are presented as an attempt to map argumentative options, clarify some of their merits and implications, and acknowledge their limits. en_ZA
dc.description.department Philosophy en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2018-05-30
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Wolff, E 2016, 'Four questions on curriculum development in contemporary South Africa', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 444-459. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0258-0736 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2073-4867 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/02580136.2016.1242200
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis and NISC (Pty) Ltd en_ZA
dc.rights © South African Journal of Philosophy. This is an electronic version of an article published in South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 444-459, 2016. doi : 10.1080/02580136.2016.1242200 . South African Journal of Philosophy is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Curriculum design en_ZA
dc.subject Western philosophies en_ZA
dc.subject White lectures en_ZA
dc.subject Students en_ZA
dc.title Four questions on curriculum development in contemporary South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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