Knowledge society in africa

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  • The term distance learning has different meanings to different people and populations. By presenting international perspectives of distance learning, this book embraces all those meanings and populations without giving preference to any. In todayʹs global world where distance providers can address local learning needs, it is important for distance learning practitioners and researchers as well as higher education administrators and faculty to have a broad view of how distance learning is conceptualized, planned and delivered....

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  • Coal formation has been described as “an inefficiency in the carbon cycle,” (Barghoorn, 1952) when carbon from plants remains in terrestrial sediments and is not recycled to the atmosphere (Figure 1.1.1). Coal is, by definition, a readily combustible rock containing more than 50% by weight and 70% by volume of carbonaceous material (Schopf, 1966). Another definition describes coal as a combustible solid, usually stratified, which originated from the accumulation, burial, and compaction of partially decomposed vegetation in previous geologic ages (Hendricks, 1945)....

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  • The new science and technology framework has challenged higher education institutions in South Africa to create research partnerships with industry, to contribute to growing a national system of innovation. Through detailed case studies, this monograph explores how one new organisational form typical of the knowledge society, the network, is currently being created in practice, in all its complex and contingent reality, in three high technology fields. It is the third volume in the

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  • South Africa’s challenge in the information age is to produce content reflecting the strength of our diverse culture while developing skills and access to access the invaluable resources: knowledge and information. This paper analyses government policy regarding information technology through speeches, policy debate and policy documents in the absence formal policy processes. 0%About the Author/s Leo van Audenhove holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Science from the Free University, Brussels (VUB), and in 2002 he obtained a PhD in the Social Sciences. His thesis was entitled Th...

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  • Many of the goals of South Africa’s new democracy depend on the production of professionals who have not only the knowledge and skills to make our country globally competitive, but also a commitment to working and living here. Despite numerous reforms, the South African health system, ten years into democracy, remains divided: first world private care that ranks with middle

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  • Globalization is perhaps only another name to replace the lacking one for what is happening to (with) us humans in the name of techno-bureaucratic, commercial, violent, amusing, consumerist process of creating a so-called global society of knowledge and skills. "Globalization offers both a theory of everything and an explanation of nothing" - suggests J. Annesley in Fictions of Globalization (2006). However, daily deaths of children as a result of hunger, disease and malnutrition on a massive scale in Africa, and elsewhere, is not fiction....

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  • The development of a legal apparatus for the protection of property rights has evolved in tandem with the evolution and expansion of industrial society. One aspect of this development has been the emergence of a legal apparatus for intellectual property protection – a notoriously vague and often intangible area, but one that nevertheless encompasses copyright, patent, and trademark law. This trend has seen not only the consolidation of intellectual property protection at the national level, but also the emer- gence of a transnational, and increasingly global apparatus.

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  • Spanning pivotal years in the historic democratisation of South Africa, the essays collected in Bounds of Democracy provide a trenchant reflection on Higher Education in transition. Arguably South Africa’s foremost philosopher of education, Wally Morrow grapples with very real concerns in higher education policy-making and practice, from stakeholder politics to institutional cultures; from curriculum transformation to an interrogation of the function of higher education institutions in modern societies.

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