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Centre for Researching Education and Labour

The Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL) is a research centre in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

The modern world is fast changing.  Local, regional, national and global trends all influence the way people live, the way business is done, the opportunities and access to education and work and the way the natural world is exploited.  In this era of constrained resources, increasing unemployment and poverty - the need for innovative, multi-disciplinary research is critical.


REAL’s work is broadly defined into three main overarching areas with the overall theme being 

Rethinking the politics, practices, and policies of the Post School Sector 

  • Rethinking skills & economic development for a just future
  • Knowledge and pedagogy for meaningful & decent work
  • Understanding & strengthening post-school institutions