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The integration of academic skills/support programmes into university department structures : a case study in the sociology of education

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dc.contributor.author Drewett MD en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:32Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:32Z
dc.date.created 1990 en
dc.date.submitted 1993 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25562
dc.description.abstract This research focuses on the extent to which the Rhodes University Academic Skills Programme (ASP), now known as the Academic Development Programme, is able to act as an agent of progressive change within Rhodes University. In so doing it concentrates on the potential of the strategy of integrated academic development for dealing with the academic needs of university students within the context of South Africa as a society in transition. This thesis suggests that the non-structuralist critical theory of Jurgen Habermas provides a more holistic account of ASP than do structuralist theories of formal education. Through the incorporation of Habermas's theory of communicative action a process of critical integration is explored, showing that a strategy of integrated academic development has the potential to involve all those who have an interest in university education through a process of rational discourse. This potential is strengthened by the fact that many students and staff have expressed an awareness of the need for an integrated academic development strategy. This thesis subsequently explores the possibility of there being a process of democratic and rational discourse which could lead to a progressive integration programme in the Rhodes University Department of Sociology and Industrial Sociology. This thesis stresses the contested nature of the integration process within departments. It is indicated that Habermas's critical theory is able to account for the changes which have taken place in the past and which are presently under way. It is argued that it not possible to predict future outcomes, but that if ASP pursues a process of rational discourse, it will indeed be able to stimulate a critical integrative approach to academic development in the Rhodes University Department of Sociology and Industrial Sociology. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Social work en
dc.subject Community development en
dc.title The integration of academic skills/support programmes into university department structures : a case study in the sociology of education en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree M Soc Sc en


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