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Title:Die akademiese professie in Suid-Afrika se belewing van die huidige rekonstruksie van die samelewing en die hor onderwys
Author:Wolhuter, CharlISNI
Periodical:Tydskrif vir geesteswetenskappe
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:higher education
work attitudes
Abstract:The research reported in this article investigated how the academic profession in South Africa experiences the current reconstruction of society and higher education. The authors applied the questionnaire used by the Carnegie International Investigation of the Academic Profession, which was conducted in 14 other countries. The study found that the percentage of female academics (47 percent) was the highest in the world. The average age of respondents was 43 years, which means that the academic profession in the country is relatively young. Respondents spent, on average, 12.9 hours per week lecturing, which is low compared to the international norm. On the other hand, the classes taught are quite large. The research output of South African academics is relatively low and they are not involved in community service activities. Respondents did not feel that there is too much governmental interference in university affairs, but they were of the view that respect for academics in South Africa is low. The results further indicate that the morale of the South African academic profession is not particularly high. On the other hand, the morale is higher than the international average. Finally, on counts of internationalism, the South African academic profession scored much higher than the academics of the 14 other countries. Bibliogr., sum. in Afrikaans and English, text in Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]