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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Zitha, Elias Velaphi
Email eliasz@sanparks.org.za
URN etd-06142006-083854
Document Title Quality assurance in education and training programmes in business with special reference to adult literacy : an empirical survey
Degree PhD
Department Education Management and Policy Studies
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof A van der Bank
Keywords
  • quality enhancement
  • quality promotion
  • quality audit
  • quality assessment
  • quality control
  • quality management
  • quality assurance
  • quality
  • evaluation
  • continuous improvement
Date 2005-10-22
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The research question addressed in this research concerned the extent to which internally developed quality assurance processes are effective in the promotion and enhancement of quality in education and training programmes in business with special reference to adult literacy.

The aim of the research was to explore the presence of and the need for a possible implementation of effective quality assurance processes in education and training in business. It also aimed at seeking for answers to the following questions:

-- Do education and training programmes in business have effective quality assurance processes in place for the promotion and enhancement of quality?

-- Do education and training programmes in business embrace best practice principles for continuous quality improvement?

A literature review, interviews and questionnaires were the instruments employed for the collection of data. Through these research instruments, better insight into the concepts of ‘quality’ and ‘quality assurance’ was obtained.

From the literature review, it emerged that the implementation of best practice principles borrowed from industry in education and training programmes can play a crucial role in continuous improvement. In contrast, it emerged from the empirical investigation results that no effective quality assurance processes are applied in education and training in business in South Africa. Business appeared not to be taking a holistic approach to quality assurance and management was found to be ignoring important aspects, such as human resources development, partnership and/or similar issues that need attention if quality is to be holistically promoted and enhanced.

In conclusion, a few recommendations that could contribute to quality promotion and enhancement in education and training were made. These were the implementation of a market-related remuneration strategy or competency-based pay, a retention strategy, a quality assurance training programme, Total Quality Management, a Balanced Scorecard, recognition and incentive scheme, a performance appraisal system and the involvement of line managers and union representatives in the management of education and training programmes in business.

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