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The decolonisation of South Africa’s university curriculum seems to have fallen off the agenda, overtaken by the push for free higher education. Shutterstock

Decolonisation debate is a chance to rethink the role of universities

The decolonisation debate in South Africa's universities raises critical issues about the relationship between power, knowledge and learning.
Supplication to authority – through pleading or vehement protest – is hardly the only way to bring about change in a democracy. Sumaya Hisham/EPA

How education theory could be used to help shape genuine democracy

There are two concepts in education theory – the social construction of knowledge and the notion of self-efficacy for development –- that could help build a true democracy.
To understand inequality in countries like South Africa, it is important to have a good grasp of factors influencing the allocation of skills and knowledge. Shutterstock

How unequal access to knowledge is affecting South African society

In a country as unequal as South Africa, the people who have access to higher education have the power to shape the society, including its elites and middle class.
Do we need to know that things are certain, or is a little uncertainty still okay? Flickr/jim simonson

Oh, the uncertainty: how do we cope?

The more knowledge we gather in our search for answers to the unknown, the more uncertainty we uncover. But that's not a bad thing.
Not just for gathering dust. Man blowing dust via Luis Louro/Shutterstock

Why important education research often gets ignored

Teachers’ professional development is “fragmented, occasional and insufficiently informed by research”. These were the conclusions of a recent British Educational Research Association (BERA) and Royal…

On the subject of subjects

Subjects need to be seen once again for what they are. They are divisions of human knowledge made in order to advance knowledge in universities or to teach existing knowledge in schools. Academics and…
Science or pseudoscience? Flickr/Aff (formerly Odd Bod)

Where is the proof in pseudoscience?

The word “pseudoscience” is used to describe something that is portrayed as scientific but fails to meet scientific criteria. This misrepresentation occurs because actual science has creditability (which…
Why is it that we no longer teach the big story of how everything came to be? Universe image from

Big History: why we need to teach the modern origin story

All human societies construct and teach creation myths or origin stories. These are large, extraordinarily powerful, but often ramshackle narratives that try and tell the story of how everything came to…

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