2017-01-24

Linking Higher Education and Practical Knowledge

Written by Herrie Schalekamp and Gail Jennings, and based on work by the VREF African Center of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-Motorised Transport (ACET), University of Cape Town, this research brief discusses the University of Cape Town’s work amongst adult learners who have extensive experience of public transport operations but little exposure to higher education.

The research brief targets transportation professionals, urban policymakers and officials interested in building capacity among public and paratransit operators, as well as academics, practitioners and students who are interested in exploring meaningful, engaged and activism-oriented scholarship, and finding a way to deliver university training to an audience that has little formal higher education.

Link to the brief: Linking Higher Education and Practical KnowledgePDF (pdf, 664.9 kB)

Authors: Herrie Schalekamp and Gail Jennings, ACET, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Key messages:

  • Trusted relationships with paratransit operators, and partnerships with government, are key to engaged scholarship.
  • A university, with little vested interest in transport reform outcomes, is well positioned to develop such relationships.
  • Where adults already have expert knowledge and experience, the primary mode of interaction should be critical discussion.
  • The learning experience needs to be continuously co-designed with students, and students'practical needs re-assessed.
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