Journal articles

  1. Allais, S. (2017). What does it mean for a qualifications framework to work? Journal of Education, 30(7), pp. 768-776
  2. Allais, S. (2017) Towards measuring the economic value of higher education: Lessons from South Africa. Comparative Education, 53(1), pp. 147-163.
  3. Allais, S. (2017) Labour market outcomes of national qualifications frameworks in six countries. Journal of Education and Work. 30(5), pp. 457-470
  4. Allais, S., Marock, C., and Ngcwangu, S. (2017) Planning, Plumbing, or Posturing? Explaining the weakness of human resource development structures and policies in South Africa. Journal of Education and Work. 30(1), pp.13-25
  5. Allais, S. (2014) A Critical Perspective on Large Class Teaching: The Political Economy of Massification and the Sociology of Knowledge. Higher Education. 67(6) (June 2014), pp. 721-734.
  6. Allais, S. (2012) Claims vs. practicalities: lessons about using learning outcomes. Journal of Education and Work. 25 (3), pp. 331–354
  7. Allais, S. (2012) Will skills save us? Rethinking the relationships between vocational education, skills development policies, and social policy in South Africa. International Journal of Educational Development, 32 (2012), pp. 632–642.
  8. Allais, S. (2012). Economics Imperialism, education policy, and educational theory. Journal of Education Policy. 27(2), pp. 253-274.
  9. Allais, S. (2011) The Impact and Implementation of National Qualifications Frameworks: a comparison of 16 countries. Journal of Education and Work, Vol. 24, Nos. 3–4, July–September 2011.
  10. Allais, S. (2011) The Changing Faces of the South African National Qualifications Framework. Journal of Education and Work, Vol. 24, Nos. 3–4, July–September 2011.
  11. Allais, S. (2011) What is a National Qualifications Framework? Considerations from a Study of National Qualifications Frameworks from 16 Countries/ Kaj je nacionalo ogrodje kvalifikacij? Poudarki iz raziskave o nacionalnih ogrodjih kvalifikacij v 16 drzavah. Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies/ Sodobna Pedagogika. 5/2011, pp. 88 – 124
  12. Young, M. and Allais, S. (2011). The shift to outcomes based frameworks Key problems from a critical perspective. Austrian Open Access Journal of Adult Education. Issue 14, 2011. Vienna
  13. Allais, S. (2007) ‘Education Service Delivery: the disastrous case of outcomes-based qualifications frameworks’. Progress in Development Studies, 7(1)
  14. Allais, S. (2007). ‘Why the South African NQF failed: lessons for countries wanting to introduce qualifications frameworks’, in the European Journal of Education, 42 (4).
  15. Allais, S. (2007). Special edition of the Southern African Review of Education with Education with Production. The focus of the special edition was on assessment, and I was the guest editor.
  16. Shalem, Y., Allais, S., and Steinburg, C. (2005). ‘Outcomes-based quality assurance: what do we have to lose?’ Journal of Education, Volume 34.
  17. Allais, S. (2003) ‘The National Qualifications Framework in South Africa: A Democratic Project Trapped in a Neo-liberal paradigm?’ Journal of Education and Work, Volume 16, Number 3, September 2003.

Book chapters

  1. Allais, S. (2017). Analysis Must Rise: A Political Economy of Falling Fees. In Khadiagala, G., Mosoetsa, S., Pillay, D., and Southall, R. (eds). New South African Review 6: The Crisis of Inequality. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, pp. 152 – 166.
  2. Allais, S. (2017). Learning from Qualification Reform: the value and limitations of the notion of powerful knowledge. In Guile, D., Lambert, D., and Reiss, M.J. (eds). Sociology, Curriculum Studies and Professional Knowledge: New Perspectives on the Work of Michael Young. Routledge, pp. 219-233.
  3. Allais, S. (2016). Occupational standards setting in the English-speaking world: a dysfunctional product for export? In Bohlinger, S., Dang, T., and Klatt, M. Education Policy: Mapping the Landscape and Scope. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp. 435-459.
  4. Allais, S. (2015). Livelihoods, Sustainability, and Skills. In McCowan,, and Unterhalter, E. (eds). Education and International Development: An Introduction. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 237-256
  5. Allais, S. and Nathan, O. (2014). Skills? What Skills? Jobs? What Jobs? An Overview of Studies Examining Relationships Between Education and Training and Labour Markets. In Education, Economy, and Society. Motala, E. and Vally, S. (eds). Pretoria: Unisa Press, pp. 103-124
  6. Allais, S. (2014) National Qualifications Frameworks and apprenticeships: Promises, Premises, Pitfalls. In Maurer, M. & Gonon, P. (eds.). The challenges of policy transfer in vocational skills development. Volume 12 of the series Studies in vocational and continuing education. Peter Lang: Bern.
  7. Allais, S. (2013). Losing contact with students in large class teaching. In D. Hornsby, R. Osman, & J. De Matos Ala (Eds.), Teaching Large Classes: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Quality Tertiary Education. Stellenbosch: SUN Press. Pp. 33-48.
  8. Allais, S. (2013) Understanding the persistence of low levels of skills in South Africa. in New South African Review 3. Wits University Press: Johannesburg. Pp 201-220
  9. Allais, S. (2013) What is college lecturers’ work? Possibilities for professionalizing college lecturers in South Africa. In Seddon, T and Levin, J (eds) World Yearbook of Education 2013. Educators, Professionalism and Politics: Global Transitions, National Spaces, and Professional Projects. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 133-153
  10. Allais, S. and Young, M. (2013). Options for designing a National Vocational Qualifications Framework for India. In Young, M. and Allais, S. Implementing National Qualifications Frameworks Across Five Continents. London: Routledge, pp. 243-267
  11. Allais, S. (2012). Why solving on-going problems with the NQF matters. In H Perold, N Cloete and J Papier (eds), Shaping the future of South Africa’s youth: Rethinking post-school education and skills training. Cape Town: African Minds. pp. 9-28.
  12. Allais, S. (2011). Using learning outcomes: Some practical and conceptual issues. In Bohlinger, Sandra and Muenchhausen, Gesa, eds. Validation of learning outcomes / Validierung von Lernergebnissen. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.
  13. Young, M. and Allais, S. (2011). Qualifications in context: thinking about the ‘shift to learning outcomes’ in educational reform. In Bohlinger, Sandra and Muenchhausen, Gesa, eds. Validation of learning outcomes / Validierung von Lernergebnissen. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.
  14. Allais, S. (2010). Outcomes-based education: understanding what went wrong. In Shalem and Pendlebury (eds). Retrieving Teaching: critical issues in curriculum, pedagogy and learning. Cape Town: Juta
  15. Allais, S. (2009). ‘Building and sustaining systems for delivering education: the role of the state’, in McLennan and Munslo (eds) The Politics of Delivery in South Africa. Johannesburg: Wits University Press
  16. Allais, S. (2006). ‘Problems with qualification reform in senior secondary education in South Africa’ in Knowledge, curriculum and qualifications in South African Further Education. Eds Michael Young and Jeanne Gamble. Pretoria: HSRC press
  17. Allais, S. (2006). ‘The Further Education and Training Certificate: Unresolved problems’. In Marking Matric, ed. Vijay Reddy. Pretoria: HSRC press.


Allais, S. 2014. Selling Education Out: National Qualifications Frameworks and the abandonment of Knowledge. Rotterdam: Sense

Edited books

  1. Allais, S. and Shalem, Y. (2017, forthcoming). Knowledge, curriculum, and preparation for work. Rotterdam: SENSE.
  2. Young, M. and Allais, S. (2013). Implementing National Qualifications Frameworks Across Five Continents. Routledge: London and New York.
  3. Bialobrzeska, M. and Allais, S. (2005). Being a Vocational Educator: A Guide for Lecturers in FET Colleges. Johannesburg: SAIDE.

Technical/Research reports

  1. Allais, S. (2017). The gulf between hope and practice: South African experiences with learning outcomes and credit transfer. Report prepared for the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer’s Learning Outcomes for Transfer project.
  2. Allais, S. (2015). The Labour Market Outcomes of National Qualifications Frameworks. Report prepared for the International Labour Organization, April 2015.
  3. Allais, S., Marock, C., and Molebatsi, P. (2014). The Development of Occupational Standards in English-speaking countries. A report presented at the Round Table on Occupational Standards Development organized by the Russian Ministry of Labour and the International Labour Organization, Moscow, 21st November 2014
  4. Allais, S. (2010). The Implementation and Impact of National Qualifications Frameworks. Report of a study in 16 countries. Geneva: International Labour Office. Also published as Национальные системы квалификационных стандартов: внедрение и результаты Отчет об исследовании, проведенном в 16 странах.
  5. Allais, S. Raffe, D. and Young, M. (2009). Researching Qualifications Frameworks: Some conceptual issues. Employment Sector Working Paper Number 44, Geneva: International Labour Office
  6. Allais, S. (2009). Understanding Quality Assurance in Education. Johannesburg: Centre for Education Policy Development
  7. Allais, S., Ferreira, A., Dempster, E., Barlow-Zambodla, A. Grussendorf, S., Kitto, A., and Pillay, P. (2007). Learning from Africa: A report of Umalusi’s research comparing syllabuses and examinations in South Africa with those in Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia. Pretoria: Umalusi
  8. Allais, S. (2007). Making Educational Judgements: Reflections on judging standards of intended and examined curricula. Pretoria: Umalusi
  9. Allais, S., King, M., Bowie, L., and Marock, C. (2007). The ‘f’ word: the quality of the ‘fundamental’ component of qualifications in general and further education and training. Pretoria: Umalusi.
  10. Allais, S. (2006). Apples and Oranges? A comparison of school and college subjects. Pretoria: Umalusi.
  11. Young, M. and Allais, S. (2004). ‘Approaches to quality assurance in the GET and FET bands: Umalusi discussion document’. Pretoria: Umalusi.
  12. Allais, S., Van Voore, M, and Welch, T. (2003). ‘The Organization of Qualifications in the Further Education and Training Band: Current Thinking’. Commissioned and published by Umalusi, February 2003.
  13. Allais, S. and Broekman, I. (2003). ‘Quality Assurance of Assessment in Technical and Vocational Education and Training’. Co-authored research report, commissioned by Umalusi, October 2003.
  14. Allais, S. (2002). ‘Credit Transfer and Recognition of Qualifications Obtained through Distance Education in Southern Africa’. Research report for Unesco and COL, March 2002.

Publications in the popular press and policy briefs:

  1. Allais, S. (2016). What kind of Education is Needed to Prepare People for Work? South African Labour Bulletin. 40(2) pp. 33-35
  2. Allais, S. (2016). Higher education bill is not a threat to varsity autonomy. Business Day, May 20th
  3. Allais, S. (2016). In defence of the Higher Education Amendment Bill. 19th February.
  4. Allais, S. (2015). Do your homework, Eusebius! Independent online 21st October
  5. Allais, S. and Shalem, Y. (2015) What does it mean in Curriculum Terms for Education to Prepare People for Work?Norrag Newsbite October 23, 2015
  6. Allais, S. (2015). Skills levy failing to drive changes in occupational training in South Africa. Norrag News 52. 15th April 2015
  7. Allais, S. (2014). Human Resource Development Strategies and Structure in South Africa: Planning, Plumbing, or Posing? Norrag NewsBite October 23, 2014
  8. Allais, S. (2014). Skills? What Skills? Jobs? What Jobs? Post-School Education Journal, 1(1)
  9. Allais, S. (2014). Setting our kids up to fail. Sunday Times, 7th December
  10. Allais, S. (2014). How we sold out education. Mail and Guardian, 1st August 2014.
  11. Allais, S. (2012). Skills and vocational training need rethink on qualifications. Mail and Guardian, 21st August
  12. Allais, S. (2010). National Qualifications Frameworks: what’s the evidence of success? CES Policy Briefing, No 55, Edinburgh, Centre for Educational Sociology
  13. Allais, S. (2008). Outcomes-based education: Never having to say you’re sorry? The Teacher, Mail and Guardian, August 8th
  14. Allais, S. (2007). Why outcomes can’t lead education reform: Understanding the failures of the NQF. Invited column in the Mail and Guardian, October 2007
  15. Allais, S. (2005). ‘Qualification metamorphosis in further education’. Quarterly Review. Education Policy Unit, University of the Witwatersrand.
  16. Allais, S. (2002). ‘The Source of Skills Frustrations’. Co-authored article with Deborah Byrne. South African Labour Bulletin, Volume 26, Number 5, October 2002