Labour market and institutional needs and dynamics in the introduction of a new technikon programme : a case study

dc.contributor.authorThomen, Eva Christine Salzmannen_ZA
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dc.date.issued1997en_ZA
dc.descriptionBibliography: pages 84-88.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractThis study focuses on the nature and degree of articulation between Technikon education and labour market needs in South Africa. More specifically, it examines the effectiveness of the assessment of labour market needs as well as the influence of institutional needs and dynamics within the formal decision-making process which governs the introduction of new programmes. The research takes the form of a case study in which the researcher examines the decision-making process relating to the introduction of a particular programme - the ND: Education: Home Economics - at a particular Technikon. Data consisted of official records and documents as well as transcripts of interviews with key participants in the decision-making process. The data was used to reconstruct and analyse the decision-making process as implemented in the case of this programme. The study argues that, in this case, the formal, prescribed process which purported to assess labour market needs did not effectively engage with the actual dynamics of the market place. The mechanisms designed to assess labour market needs were largely symbolic and highly bureaucratised. In addition to being weak in design, assessment procedures were not stringently implemented. While the introduction of new programmes is explicitly justified on the grounds of labour market needs, the decision-making process was in this case, strongly - though implicitly and informally - influenced by institutional needs and dynamics within the Technikon itself. This study points to the weaknesses in the design and control of the official prescribed process which guides decisions regarding the introduction of all new programmes at South African Technikons. On a theoretical level, it also calls into question an assumption on which much literature pertaining to Technikon education is premised, that is, the assumption that there is a relatively smooth articulation between the supply of Technikon graduates and labour market needs.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationThomen, E. C. S. (1997). <i>Labour market and institutional needs and dynamics in the introduction of a new technikon programme : a case study</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Educational Research. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17529en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationThomen, Eva Christine Salzmann. <i>"Labour market and institutional needs and dynamics in the introduction of a new technikon programme : a case study."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Educational Research, 1997. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17529en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationThomen, E. 1997. Labour market and institutional needs and dynamics in the introduction of a new technikon programme : a case study. University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Thomen, Eva Christine Salzmann AB - This study focuses on the nature and degree of articulation between Technikon education and labour market needs in South Africa. More specifically, it examines the effectiveness of the assessment of labour market needs as well as the influence of institutional needs and dynamics within the formal decision-making process which governs the introduction of new programmes. The research takes the form of a case study in which the researcher examines the decision-making process relating to the introduction of a particular programme - the ND: Education: Home Economics - at a particular Technikon. Data consisted of official records and documents as well as transcripts of interviews with key participants in the decision-making process. The data was used to reconstruct and analyse the decision-making process as implemented in the case of this programme. The study argues that, in this case, the formal, prescribed process which purported to assess labour market needs did not effectively engage with the actual dynamics of the market place. The mechanisms designed to assess labour market needs were largely symbolic and highly bureaucratised. In addition to being weak in design, assessment procedures were not stringently implemented. While the introduction of new programmes is explicitly justified on the grounds of labour market needs, the decision-making process was in this case, strongly - though implicitly and informally - influenced by institutional needs and dynamics within the Technikon itself. This study points to the weaknesses in the design and control of the official prescribed process which guides decisions regarding the introduction of all new programmes at South African Technikons. On a theoretical level, it also calls into question an assumption on which much literature pertaining to Technikon education is premised, that is, the assumption that there is a relatively smooth articulation between the supply of Technikon graduates and labour market needs. DA - 1997 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1997 T1 - Labour market and institutional needs and dynamics in the introduction of a new technikon programme : a case study TI - Labour market and institutional needs and dynamics in the introduction of a new technikon programme : a case study UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17529 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/17529
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationThomen ECS. Labour market and institutional needs and dynamics in the introduction of a new technikon programme : a case study. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Educational Research, 1997 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17529en_ZA
dc.language.isoengen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentCentre for Educational Researchen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subject.otherEducational Administration, Planning and Social Policyen_ZA
dc.subject.otherUniversities and colleges - South Africa - Curriculaen_ZA
dc.subject.otherLabour market - South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleLabour market and institutional needs and dynamics in the introduction of a new technikon programme : a case studyen_ZA
dc.typeMaster Thesis
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