Fonds BC1584 - Edubase Collection

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Edubase Collection


  • 1806 - 1992 (Creation)

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The physical collection comprises the original digital media comprising floppy, stiffy and compact disks and a flash drive, as well as a hardcopy bibliography. All the data is accessible on-line on the ZivaHub Open Data UCT platform at

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Professor Peter Kallaway is an emeritus professor in the School of Education at the University of Cape Town.

Professor Kallaway’s passion has always been understanding the history and legacy of education in South Africa. His studies have included the interactions between missionary educators, philanthropists and colonial governments in the development of South African educational policy in the inter-war years, vocational and teacher education, and since 1994 the role of globalisation on SA educational policy.

Since the 1970s, Professor Kallaway has been associated with a group of researchers who have engaged with those aspects of South African educational history that are not focused on the roles of flagship mission schools or the legacy of particular colonial administrators. This engagement led to the publication of several books, such as Apartheid and Education: The Education of Black South Africans (Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1984); Education after Apartheid: South African Education in Transition (Cape Town: UCT Press/Juta: 1997); The History of Education under Apartheid 1948-1994 (New York/Cape Town: Peter Lang/Pearson, (2002) and Empire and Education in Africa (New York: Peter Lang, 2016).

Professor Kallaway’s belief that making this bibliography available to the world would enable further scholarship in this under-represented area of South African educational research, was the major driver behind the project.

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The database was originally located on UCT's servers. Over time, it migrated formats several times, from floppy disks to stiffy disks, then to CD-ROMs, a flashdrive, and finally to cloud-based storage provided here on ZivaHub. The School of Education at UCT kindly allocated space for the project up to 1992, and the physical collection now resides at UCT Libraries Special Collections, as the 'BC1584 Edubase Collection'.

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Donated by Professor Peter Kallaway

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EDUBASE - A bibliography of education for Black South Africans - is a database of educational information relating to the field of black education in South Africa, covering the period from the nineteenth century to 1992. The resources curated by the EDUBASE collection including books and book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and presentations, white papers and other forms of governmental and civil society documents. In total, EDUBASE includes nearly 9000 publications on the topic of education for black South Africans. A separate database inspired by EDUBASE focusing specifically on education in the Transkei was produced by David Hiscock, and has been added to this collection.

This collection consists of the database files in MS Access format (EDUBASE_Kallaway.mdb and EDUBASE_Hiscock_Transkei.mbd), along with a list of keywords in .csv format, and a set of instructions on how to navigate the databases as a PDF. The database itself is searchable by keyword, author or date of publication. Open versions of both databases have also been added in .csv format.


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All the data is accessible on-line on the ZivaHub Open Data UCT platform at the following link:

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