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dc.descriptionThe article Mapping the field of research on African higher education: a review of 6483 publications from 1980 to 2019, written by Nelson Casimiro Zavale and Christian Schneijderberg, was originally published electronically on the publisher’s internet portal on 16 November 2020 without open access. With the author(s)’ decision to opt for Open Choice the copyright of the article changed on 14 July 2021 to © The Author(s) 2020 and the article is forthwith distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.eng
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dc.subjecthigher education researcheng
dc.subjectsystemativ revieweng
dc.subjectmapping the fieldeng
dc.titleMapping the field of research on African higher education: a review of 6483 publications from 1980 to 2019eng
dcterms.abstractFollowing a global trend, higher education (HE) in Africa has also become a complex enterprise, potentially demanding specific expertise in higher education research. However, despite this, there is a dearth of analysis into the state of research on African HE. This paper seeks to fill this gap by mapping and analysing African HE research. We undertake a systematic review of 6483 articles and books focusing on African HE published from 1980 to 2019 in indexed and non-indexed journals and book-publishers. We particularly examine the evolution of publications, the journals and book publishers, the authors’ affiliations, the researched countries, the publications’ thematic classification, the most prolific authors, and the most influential publications. Based on this analysis, we draw four main conclusions. First, research on African HE is a rather recent phenomenon or has witnessed a recent rise or renewal. Second, a few selected journals and book-publishers, particularly those with a strong regional or international reputation, dominate the field. Third, four communities of researchers are more represented: the community researching teaching and learning issues, the community focusing on structural transformation of HE, the community focusing on the internal organisation of HE and the community focusing on societal engagement of HE. Four, South Africa dominates the field both as home to most of the authors (including the most prolific) and the empirical field of most publications (including the most influential). If South Africa is excluded, African HE research is weak, but some communities are emerging, particularly in West, East and Southern Africa.eng
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dcterms.creatorZavale, Nelson Casimiro
dcterms.creatorSchneijderberg, Christian
dcterms.source.issueIssue 1
dcterms.source.journalHigher Educationeng
dcterms.source.volumeVolume 83

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