200 pages | 3 B/W Illus.
Whilst many studies have explored how quality in higher education is conceptualised in the Global North, less attention has been paid to quality in higher education in Africa and the Global South. This book uses the human development and capabilities approach to demonstrate how quality in teaching and learning contributes to a range of benefits, such as improved wellbeing, economic outcomes, political engagement, and human capital formation amongst graduates.
The book interrogates the various dimensions of quality as well as factors that impact on the realization of quality in universities and society at large. Recognizing that measures of quality are context and stakeholder specific, the book uses the Zimbabwean context as a Global South case study. It evaluates how quality is conceptualized and operationalized in Zimbabwean universities, and how that impacts on teaching and learning policy and practice. The book also demonstrates the need for economic resources for individuals and universities, and emphasizes the importance of a social and educational environment conducive to critical learning, and post-university opportunities.
This book will be of interest to researchers across Education, African and Development Studies, as well as to policy makers and practitioners with an interest in quality assurance and the promotion of teaching and learning in universities in the Global South.
1. Quality as Human development 2. Contextualising quality in Zimbabwean higher education teaching and learning 3. Policy perspectives of qualtity teaching and learning 4. Micro prespectives on the quality of teaching and learning: UI 5. Micro prespectives on the quality of teaching and learning: UJ 6. Quality: Towards a human development perspective 7. What can universities do?