1st Edition

Philosophical Adventures in African Higher Education Cultivating Doctoral Encounters within Democratic Citizenship Education

Edited By Yusef Waghid Copyright 2025
    208 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This seminal volume delves into some of the doctoral research and pedagogical experiences within an African higher education context, making a case for the transformative potential of education and the integration of African indigenous philosophies into global educational practices.

    Through a collection of vivid narratives, the book situates philosophy of higher education by embodying the doctoral researcher and their initiation into academic life, revealing how doctoral pursuits in African higher education are not simply academic endeavours but deeply philosophical adventures that challenge, critique, and reimagine the role of education in society. Chapters advocate for a dynamic educational system that, rooted in African philosophies, nurtures democratic citizenship, embraces critical engagement, and fosters social justice. A call to action for researchers, students, and policy makers alike to view doctoral research as a powerful catalyst for change, the book offers fresh perspectives on addressing the continent's unique challenges, contributing to a more just and inclusive world.

    Ultimately considering the potential of academic research to shape the future of societies, both within Africa and globally, the book will appeal to researchers, academics and postgraduate students involved with the philosophy of education, higher education, and citizenship education, as well as these areas in African contexts specifically.

    Introductory Chapter: On Being Adventurous Yusef Waghid

    Chapter 1: A Doctoral Supervisor in Becoming: Some Reflections on Being Initiated into a Doctoral Adventure Zayd Waghid

    Chapter 2: The Use of Artificial Intelligence to Augment Student Supervision Faiq Waghid

    Chapter 3: Fostering Democratic Citizenship Education through Doctoral Work in African Philosophy of Higher Education Lester Brian Shawa

    Chapter 4: Graduate Employability and Democratic Citizenship Education Sithobile Priscilla Dube

    Chapter 5: Integrating Democratic Citizenship Education and Critical Thinking into University Programs Elton Pullen

    Chapter 6: Chartered Accountancy and Democratic Citizenship Judith Terblanche

    Chapter 7: PhD Research Journeys and Democratic Citizenship Monica Zembere

    Chapter 8: Making Doctoral Supervision Democratic Chikumbutso Herbert Manthalu

    Chapter 9: Transitioning Chartered Accountancy Educators into Academia Judith Terblanche, Elton Pullen & Yusef Waghid

    Chapter 10: Reflective Analysis of PhD Journeys in Jordan Naima Al-husban and Hammadallah Al-husban

    Chapter 11: Democratic Citizenship Education in Namibian Educational Policy Tadeus Shikukumwa

    Coda: The ethical university: From service delivery to development of critical consciousness Emiliano Bosio


    Yusef Waghid is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.