Development and Evaluation of an International Co-operative Educational Project: A Website Course on Spatial Transformation in Post-apartheid South Africa




Vanneste, Dominique

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The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education


The website <> is the result of an international collaboration between the Geography and Political Science departments of the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven) in Belgium, the University of Orange Free State, and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. This educational project focuses on five topics reflecting intense and even problematic developments in South Africa. All five topics allow students to examine issues of spatial perspective, planning, and management. This educational project is designed for students in all locales, and is not limited to those in South Africa or Belgium. Moreover, it also provides useful information for professional geographers. The international team worked together on each component: designing the structure, choosing educational objectives, writing the theoretical framework, selecting case studies, and reviewing accuracy and clarity. Beyond the universities directly involved, the international educational community was asked to participate in the evaluation of this educational tool. The way in which an evaluation system was put in place is exceptional and will be highlighted in this paper.



website, international collaboration, international evaluation, South Africa, Belgium


Vanneste, D. (2000). Development and evaluation of an international co-operative educational project: A website course on spatial transformation in post-apartheid South Africa. Research in Geographic Education, 2(2), pp. 53-66.


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