AOSIS published the book Students’ participation in university governance in South Africa.
The book contributes to students’ participation in university governance.
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About the AOSIS published book: Students’ participation in university governance in South Africa
This book is published by AOSIS Scholarly Books.
The book promotes an appreciation of the importance of the role of students in university governance, particularly in advocating for the needs of students. It illuminates the competing interests for students to meaningfully contribute to university governance while in the quest to progress with their own academic objectives.
The role of student governance is observed within the context of political affiliations through which they contest for seats in office, student activism, and the multi-faceted student stakeholders that must represent.
The purpose of this book is to examine the academic experiences of students who participated in university governance at South African universities. Scrutiny is placed on the alignment of student representative council constitutions and university statutes with the actual experiences students had in discharging their roles in governance and in the way this impacted their academic progress. Through a multi-site case study design, semi-structured interviews were conducted with members of the student representative council who participated in university governance and supported by document analysis and observations to generate the data. The study adopted Tinto’s Integration Theory and Astin’s Theory of Involvement as the two frameworks are based on the relationship between students’ extra-curricular activity and their academic experiences. The study invokes a greater awareness of students as major stakeholder in governance and informs policies and practices that may better serve students’ academic experiences. The study will contribute to the understanding of cooperative governance principles while drawing from the perspective of the students on their understanding, limitations and challenges in discharging their roles in university governance.
Author: Vuyo Mthethwa, Durban University of Technology, South Africa