Books


2016

Ruhrmann, G., Kessler, S. H., & Guenther, L. 2016. Wissenschaftskommunikation zwischen Risiko und (Un)Sicherheit. Köln: Herbert von Halem. 
About: In der Presse, im Rundfunk und in den Online-Medien finden sich vermehrt Berichte über Wissenschaft, Technik und ihre Folgen. Neuerdings gerät dabei die wissenschaftliche (Un-)Sicherheit der zugrunde liegenden Forschung in den Fokus öffentlicher Aufmerksamkeit. Nicht nur Forscherinnen und Forscher sprechen darüber, auch in Presse, Fernsehen und im Netz wird darüber berichtet. Schnell ist dann von Risiken die Rede.
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Du Toit, P.V.D.P., Swart, C. & Teuteberg, S.M. 2016. South Africa and the case for Renegotiating the Peace. Stellenbosch: SUN MeDIA. 
About: In this book, the authors present a way out for South Africa from its persistent policy failures and policy confusion. They argue that in order to do so the major stakeholders in South Africa will have to jointly renegotiate the meaning of the Constitution.
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Koch, S. & Weingart, P. 2016. The Delusion of Knowledge Transfer. The Impact of Foreign Aid Experts on Policy-making in South Africa and Tanzania. Cape Town: African Minds.  
About: With the rise of the ‘knowledge for development’ paradigm, expert advice has become a prime instrument of foreign aid. At the same time, it has been object of repeated criticism: the chronic failure of ‘technical assistance’ – a notion under which advice is commonly subsumed – has been documented in a host of studies. Nonetheless, international organisations continue to send advisors, promising to increase the ‘effectiveness’ of expert support if their technocratic recommendations are taken up.
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Papier, J., Sheppard, C., Needham, S. & Cloete, N. 2016. Provision, differentiation and pathways. A study of post-schooling in the Western Cape. Cape Town: Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET).
About: The emergence of standpoints which argue that vocational education has a responsibility to provide both the basis for further learning in higher education as well as workplace preparation, have gained ground in South Africa. But this kind of integrated approach has proven difficult in the South African situation, with the vocational qualifications falling short on the side of practical training, and theoretical components being emphasised to the detriment of the qualification value in the workplace.
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2015

Mouton, J., ​Cloete, N.  & Sheppard, C. 2015. Doctoral Education in South Africa: Policy, discourse and data. Cape Town: Centre for Higher Education Transformation.
About: Worldwide, in Africa and in South Africa, the importance of the doctorate has increased disproportionately in relation to its share of the overall graduate output over the last decade. This heightened attention has not only been concerned with the traditional role of the PhD, namely the provision of a future supply of academics. Rather, it has focused on the increasingly important role that higher education – particularly high-level skills – is perceived to play in national development and the knowledge economy.
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Cloete, N., Maassen, P. & Bailey, T. (eds.). 2015. Knowledge Production and Contradictory Functions in African Higher Education. Cape Town: Centre for Higher Education Transformation.
About: This volume brings together excellent scholarship and innovative policy discussion to demonstrate the essential role of higher education in the development of Africa and of the world at large. Based on deep knowledge of the university system in several African countries, this book will reshape the debate on development in the global information economy for years to come. It should be mandatory reading for academics, policy-makers and concerned citizens, in Africa and elsewhere.” – Manuel Castells, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley, Laureate of the Holberg Prize 2012 and of the Balzan Prize 2013.
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Mouton, J. & Wildschut, L. (eds.). 2015. Leadership & management: case studies in training in higher education in Africa. Cape Town: African Minds. Supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
About: There has been a resurgence of interest in training programmes for higher education leaders and management (HELM) at African universities in recent times. Although there have been a few cases of evaluation studies of such programmes in Africa, a more systematic review of the lessons learnt through these programmes has not been done. This book aims to document and reflect on the learnings from intervention programmes at three African higher education councils.
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2001

Babbie, E. & Mouton, J. 2001.The practice of social research (contributions by Payze, C.; Vorster, J.H.; Boshoff, S.C. & Prozesky, H.E). Cape Town: Oxford University Press. (Reprinted 2003, 2004)
About: This book is an adaptation of the internationally established book which covers qualitive and quanitive theory and methods, with a South African Perspective.
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Mouton, J. 2001.How to succeed in your Masters and Doctoral studies. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers. (Reprinted 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004).
About: A resource for students and supervisors alike, the topics covered are related to the management of postgraduate research studies: the development of a successful research proposal (with examples); research resource management; research ethics and more.
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1998

Mouton, J., Muller, J., Franks, P. & Sono, T. (eds.). 1998.Theory and method in South African human sciences research: Advances and innovations. Pretoria: HSRC Publishers. 
About: This collection of papers assesses the state of the social and human sciences in South Africa. Contributors present a historical overview of different methodological approaches within South African social sciences. They record attitudes towards these developments and address the issue of interdisciplinary work.
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1997

Mouton, J. & Muller, J. 1997. Knowledge, method and the public good. Pretoria: HSRC Publishers.
About
: The past few decades have witnessed a renewed interest in meta issues regarding the status of the human sciences. This volume contains a wide range of viewpoints (both modernist and post-modernist) by leading South African scholars.
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1996

Mouton, J. 1996.Understanding social research. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers. (Reprinted 1998).
About
: This book explains the fundamental logic of social research in a new and simple way. It also describes in detail the standard stages in the research process and the methodological principles that underlie each of them.
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