Society of African Journal Editors

South African Journal of Sociology

From the “high ground” of policy to “the swamp” of professional practice: The challenge of diversity in teaching labour studies

Authors: Philip Frame &Jennifer O'Connor

Journal: South African Journal of Sociology

This case study examines the development the diversity management skills of Higher Education students, in the context of the authors' motivation for exploring diversity and an examination of material developed by academics and practitioners from both the United Kingdom and USA. Four elements of the focus course are then presented: student development, learning methods, assessment and student performance. Data from student questionnaires and quotations from students' reflections on their learning are then analysed. This demonstrates that they can operate with a dual perspective, by both “dissolving differences” and “valuing differences ” as an effective means of managing diversity.