WELCOME TO THE ONLINE HOME OF THE NATIONAL EXTENDED CURRICULUM PROGRAMME (ECP) COLLOQUIUM
Due to the current uncertainty we are facing due to COVID-19 in South Africa, the National Extended Curriculum Programme conference will not take place in 2020. In place of this year’s colloquium, a themed issue in the journal Education as Change will be published in July 2021. Education as Change (EAC) is an accredited, peer-reviewed scholarly online journal that publishes original articles reflecting critically on issues of equality in education and on the ways in which educational practices contribute to transformation in non-formal, formal and informal contexts. For more information please click here.
The National ECP Conference will take place 17 – 19 August 2021. Please see details below.
Official welcome from Prof Vivienne Bozalek
CHAIR OF THE LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE
The National ECP Colloquium will take place 17 – 19 August 2021.
As part of the Foundation SIG, HELTASA, this conference will be hosted 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 NEXT 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 have secured two excellent keynote speakers for the colloquium – Dr David Rose from the University of Sydney, Australia and Prof. Thengamehlo Harold Ngwenya, from the Durban University of Technology, Durban, who will lead the colloquium over the two days it is being held. For more information on the keynote speakers, click here.
The National ECP Colloquium 2021 will be preceded by a pre-conference workshop on 16 August 2021. The focus of this workshop, open to 50 participants, is Strategies for embedding literacy in academic practice by Dr David Rose, Director of Reading to Learn, from the University of Sydney, Australia. For more information please click here.
We are excited to invite you to this colloquium and we are looking forward to hosting you in Cape Town.
The Scientific and Organising Committee of the 2021 National Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) Colloquium
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