WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE ONLINE 2021 HELTASA National Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) Colloquium
Welcome from THE LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE
The 2021 HELTASA National Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) Colloquium will take place online between 17 – 19 August 2021.
The Western Cape Regional ECP Collaborative are proud to host the HELTASA National ECP Colloquium.
HELTASA: The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa is a professional association for educators and other significant role-players in the tertiary sector. (For more information, click here.)
The colloquium brings together lecturers, academic staff developers and support staff with an interest in the many Foundational and extended curriculum (ECP) provisions across the different higher education institutions in South Africa.
This year, the conference will be hosted by HELTASA members in the Western Cape. The colloquium will be organised jointly by the four Higher Education Institutions in the Western Cape – Stellenbosch University, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape.
Annual ECP Colloquia have been organised over the past few years by different higher education institutions across a range of provinces. The colloquia were developed to stimulate discussion among ECP practitioners, administrators and academics about themes and phenomena that are of concern to them. This has raised important questions regarding knowledge production in the ECPs throughout the South African context, particularly in relation to the use and value of western theorists in local research and curricula, as well as who gains epistemological and physical access to higher education, and the conditions which affect academics teaching on these programmes, such as precarity and casualisation. On the other hand, we have seen many productive junctures between pedagogy and scholarship, as is evident in some previous publications such as the special issue on ECP in Alternations (2019) and the South African Journal of Higher Education (2015) special issue as well as some edited collections (such as Dhunpath & Vithal, 2012).
THE THEME OF THE COLLOQUIUM THIS YEAR IS PROMOTING SCHOLARSHIP IN ECP
The theme of promoting scholarship in ECP refers to an enlarged perspective of scholarship and how this can be promoted in the ECP. For ECP to be taken seriously and to prepare students adequately, it is important that this enlarged perspective of scholarship be engaged with. This perspective refers to an ECP which is:
- research-led (incorporating research into curriculum),
- research-oriented (students are taught the process of research in the ECP curriculum),
- research-based (the ECP curriculum would be inquiry-based; students would research the subject matter rather than be given content);
- research-informed (ECP academics would be involved in researching their own pedagogical practice and basing it on prior research rather than ‘common sense’) (Griffiths, 2004).
We are excited to invite you to this colloquium and we are looking forward to seeing you online.
The Scientific and Organising Committee of the 2021 HELTASA National Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) Colloquium
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