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Title: A critical linguistic discourse analysis of participant narratives in the construction of citizenship education at a University of Technology
Authors: Reddy, Komala 
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2017
This study is concerned with how citizenship education might be seen to take place in Universities of Technology, which are associated with applied knowledge of a technical nature. Higher education is thought to have a role in the nation’s social, moral and spiritual life in transmitting citizenship and culture in all its variety and in enabling personal development for the benefit of individuals and society as a whole. This study explored whether universities of technology do indeed promote a culture of citizenship in order to serve society, and how, by analysing the discourse of educators and students to see how citizenship education might be constructed. The aim was to identify indicators in participant discourse which might be linked to themes occurring in models of citizenship education. It was hoped that analysing participant discourse might reveal which aspects of citizenship were potentially empowering in terms of fostering individually autonomous yet socially conscious citizens. Within a critical linguistic approach, a mixed methods research design was applied, using questionnaires and semi structured interviews and discourse analysis. The discourse analysis involved a content analysis of written texts, and a critical discourse analysis of the transcribed focus group texts. The results of the questionnaires and semi structured interviews yielded indicators of citizenship based on personal values, values relating to social responsibility, and issues relating to the legislature, as enshrined in the South African Constitution. An analysis of the faculty community engagement texts revealed what kinds of ad hoc measures the university was setting in place to foster informal and therefore implicit citizenship education. The critical analysis of student focus group discourse revealed what aspects of citizenship education students were learning informally, as well as to what extent they felt that they were being empowered as self-actuating yet socially conscious citizens of a multicultural democratic country. This study is thought to be of value, as, at the time of the study, the university involved was engaged in a transition between offering informal and implicit options for citizenship education, such as work integrated learning programmes and community engagement projects, and formally curriculating citizenship education into the syllabus in the form of General Education modules, which was still work-in-progress at the end of the study.
Submitted in compliance with the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Technology in Language Practice, Department of Media, Language and Communication, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2017.
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