The geography of education: new frontiers [Die geografie van onderwys: nuwe fronte]

Van Der Merwe J.H. (1989)

The prominence of education as a prerequisite for social and economic development necessitates continuous research on all elements of the subject. Drawing on an exhaustive overview of literature from all disciplines addressing spatial aspects of education-related issues, the scope for geographical research in this field is discussed. Paradigmatic vantage points from the divergent positivist and structuralist schools are compared and the spatial approach is justified. In conclusion a scheme is devised to accommodate research on the geography of education from a reformist epistemology. A scale-specific approach is recommended which allows traditional geographers to study spatial inequalities in education at the meso and macro scale. Structuralist theory accounting for the effects/outcomes of the educational system is considered more appropriate for studies at the micro scale. -from English summary

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