Prof. Mary Grosser and Dr Magda Kloppers were invited by Dr Celia Booyse, Curriculum Manager at Umalusi (Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training), to take part in a
discussion meeting with various other stakeholders, namely SACA (South African Chefs Association), IACESA (International Association for Cognitive Education in Southern Africa), NDT (National Department of Tourism), FEDHASA (South African Hospitality Industry), DBE (Department of Basic Education), (CES: Tourism, Consumer studies, Hospitality Studies) CATHSSETA (Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Sport Sector Education and Training Authority), UJ (lecturers in Hospitality) NWU, UNISA (lecturers Tourism), CPUT, UP(lecturers in Consumer Studies), TVET colleges and Rock City Design Company, to establish a holistic framework that would develop and improve standards for the following subjects: Consumer Studies, Hospitality Studies and Tourism.

An analysis of the subject curricula and their related Practical Assessment Tasks between 2010-2014 revealed among other findings, the need for embracing the strengths of all stakeholders who will be involved in promoting and advancing:

  • A stronger cognitive focus in the delivery of the curricula
  • An increase in addressing higher order thinking in assessment
  • Teacher development and support processes in advancing
    thinking during teaching, learning and assessment

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