Ferdinand Jacobus Potgieter

Ferdinand Jacobus Potgieter
North-West University | NWU · Curriculum Studies Group (Potchefstroom Campus)

DEd; MScD; MEd; BEd; BA(Hons); BA; HED (pg)

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January 2014 - present
North-West University
Position
  • Full professor of Philosophy of Education
January 2004 - December 2004
University of Pretoria
Position
  • Senior lecturer: Education Managament Law and Policy
Description
  • Responsible for undergraduate classes in Education Theory and postgraduate classes in Education Policy. Supervision of master's and PhD students in Ed Policy

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Publications (66)
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In view of the serious moral decay in South African society, this article reports on our research regarding the role of the school in the inculcation of citizenship values (as part of the brief of South African education). We regard a set of citizenship values consonant with a democratic dispensation to be a core component of a moral order essentia...
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In this article, we explore the worldview of the pilgrim and how it relates to the drama of human existence. The worldview of the pilgrim is the starting point in our explorations of the postmodern conundrum and interrelated subjects such as epistemology, ethics, religious symbolism, hospitality and practical life strategies from a narrative and co...
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In this article, we attempt to justify and present the basic presuppositions of a (Christian) confessional and narrative vision for philosophy of education in a postmodern context. We argue that although the nihilistic strand of postmodernity challenges the viability of religious discourse, postmodernity also re-opens the world toward its pre-ratio...
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The South African-Dutch research group responsible for this article started its activities in 2012 by looking at religious tolerance (in education) as a means of addressing the tendency for religious intolerance, extremism and fundamentalism. While (teaching in) tolerance seemed to be a promising way to counter religious intolerable behaviour, some...
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Individuals and communities occasionally need asking and giving forgiveness. Because the process of forgiving is not always well understood, it has become necessary to consider including forgiveness education in school pedagogy and in formal school programs such as Citizenship Education. This possibility is illustrated with examples from South Afri...
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South African history books and textbooks have undergone a radical change, in step with the socio-political change and restructuring of education that occurred in 1994. On the basis of a transitiological perspective, this chapter contrasts the depiction of national leaders in pre- 1994 school history textbooks with that of post-1994 school history...
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Increasing apprehension worldwide about the rigor and depth in teacher education programs gave riseto this paper. The objective of this paper was to identify factors that detract from depth and rigor in teachereducation programs, particularly in South Africa. An interpretive-constructivist approach was employed to build aconceptual-theoretical fram...
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According to some teachers practising their profession in some of the most advanced and privileged schools in widely different parts of South Africa, they are not allowed by their superiors to work (optimally) as professionals. As a first step towards searching for a solution to this problem, we consider whether Jeremy Bentham's and Foucault's Pano...
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Die doel van hierdie artikel is om ʼn oorsig te bied van die volgende drie hedendaagse ontwikkelinge in die konseptualisering van onderrig-leer en van kennisskepping, en om die implikasies daarvan vir die onderwys uit te spel: die opkoms van konstruktivistiese leerteorieë, inter-kulturalisme en die werklikheid dat mense op verskillende maniere dink....
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In recent years, schools and education authorities worldwide have been paying increased attention to issues surrounding diversity and religious tolerance. Tolerance constitutes one of the most important preconditions for social justice, fairness and peaceful coexistence. Hence, the authors of this article decided to develop an instrument measuring...
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Religious tolerance has become one of the most important issues of the current century in view of the many atrocities perpetrated in the name of religion by extremist groups. Of great concern to teacher educators is whether current final year students display the degree of religious tolerance that would be required from them when they have to deal...
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Religious tolerance has become one of the most important issues of the current century in view of the many atrocities perpetrated in the name of religion by extremist groups. Of great concern to teacher educators is whether current final year students display the degree of religious tolerance that would be required from them when they have to deal...
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This article suggests attention to the paideia of the soul as an educative corrective for preparing open distance learning students for living in the current technology-dependent world. This world is undergirded by a technology-rich knowledge society that privileges new informational epistemologies. In an attempt to suggest a spirituality of open d...
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A serious problem in South Africa is the existence of 2.8 million people we can refer to as NEETs. This term refers to youths between the ages of 18 and 24 years who are neither in employment nor in education or training in South Africa (Cloete and Butler-Adams 2012). This article argues for the institution of community colleges to fill the niche b...
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Religious (in)tolerance is increasingly experienced as a problem area by societies. This is not only the case because of increasing globalisation and diversity in society, but also because of growing religiously inspired violence (think about the assaults launched by the Islamic State). Throughout all this, education is tasked with assuring toleran...
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Making use of hermeneutic phenomenology and constructive interpretivism as methodological apparatus, this article challenges the premise that postmodern relativism supposedly created a “value-vacuum”. We conclude that while postmodernism seems to have deprived the grand narratives of the past of their power to prescribe to people (their adherents)...
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Social justice, defined as an impetus towards a socially just educational world, is based on the assumption that all people, irrespective of belief or societal position, are entitled to be treated according to the values of human rights, human dignity and equality. Diverging from the classical positivist approach in social science research that tak...
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A serious problem in South Africa is the existence of 2.8 million people we can refer to as NEETs. This term refers to youths between the ages of 18 and 24 years who are neither in employment nor in education or training in South Africa (Cloete and Butler-Adams 2012). This article argues for the institution of community colleges to fill the niche b...
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Managers at district education offices in South Africa should be able to apply a variety of communication skills effectively in a range of management contexts for these district offices to be successful. This paper reports on a theoretical investigation into effective communication strategies and dimensions, as well as an empirical study of the per...
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The authors of this article investigate the possibility that the absence of pedagogical dialogues between educators and students can explain aspects of the incidence of crime, in particular acts of crime committed by young people. Based on this thesis and on basic principles of education, the relationship between language, communication and dialogu...
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This article reports on research conducted to examine the realization of free primary education for all in Lesotho. The discussion starts with an outline of the state of education in the Sub-Saharan African region and state of universal, free primary education, followed by a depiction of the context of and education in Lesotho. Education reforms in...
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Vir ’n toenemend multireligieuse samelewing en globaliserende wêreld behoort die opvoedeling, net soos in die verlede, voorberei te word vir saamleef met mense wie se religieuse oortuigings anders is as hulle eie. Die doel van hierdie artikel is om die belangrikste modelle van interreligieuse toleransie in terme van hulle bruikbaarheid in die onder...
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In recent years, schools and education authorities world wide have been paying increasing attention to issues surrounding diversity and religious (in)tolerance. The term 'tolerance' is, however, clouded by considerable confusion and vagueness. This article seeks to contribute to recent scholarly attempts at understanding (religious) tolerance and t...
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Using experiential interpretivism as underpinning methodology, this article investigates whether religious fundamentalism is the default spirituality of human beings. Our research is based on a hermeneutic reconstructive interpretation of religion, fundamentalism, radicalism, extremism, spirituality, life- and worldview, and the role of education i...
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The investigation reported in this paper centered on the socially relevant question of whether a number of countries in Southern Africa, particularly their education systems, had not only succeeded to shrug off their pre-independent past and heritage, but also whether they have made significant strides in terms of the education reform that form par...
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This article defends the claim that the philosophical aspect has been seriously underrated in the scheme of the conceptualization of contextual societal forces shaping education systems. The rise of neo-Marxist paradigms since the 1970s has resulted in a disproportionate emphasis on social and economic systems as factors shaping national education...
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Given the fact that most societies worldwide are currently suffering from (serious) incidents symptomatic of religious intolerance, and since education can be regarded as one of the main instruments that society has at its disposal to combat this vice, it was decided to construct a questionnaire with which to measure the degree of religious toleran...
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This paper investigates how education may be related to the needs of contemporary society as embodied in the connections and relationships between education on one hand, and spirituality/ religion, quality of life, wellbeing and happiness issues, social capital, social justice, human rights and morality on the other. These issues tend to be investi...
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A typology of student teachers' sources of inspiration in the form of a two-tiered theor etical framework formed the foundation of a questionnaire administered to student teachers in three different countries. The results of this study show that inspiration amounts to a student teacher being driven, enthused, guided, motivated and self-directed by...
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A typology of student teachers’ sources of inspiration in the form of a two-tiered theoretical framework formed the foundation of a questionnaire administered to student teachers in three different countries. The results of this study show that inspiration amounts to a student teacher being driven, enthused, guided, motivated and self-directed by s...
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Two pressing demands directed to the South African academy in the post 1994 environment, have been those of gender equity and of increasing research output. The progression of women to the higher academic ranks is a problem, not only in South Africa, but worldwide. In view of the importance attached to research output for purposes of academic promo...
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The article reports on research that investigated the image of teachers held by school learners. Based on a conceptual-theoretical distinction between the ideal teacher, the totally effective teacher and the typically excellent teacher, it was assumed that learners would focus on the first, which is a mental construct, and not on the third, which r...
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Modern societies have become much more complex in recent decades, also in terms of ethnic identities and differences. The question arose whether education systems were capable of addressing the needs of ethnic and other minorities in countries across the globe. After examining a cross-section of education systems (in Australia, Canada, China, Israe...
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Research should be legitimized and clarified by the philosophical frame by which it metaphorically hangs. Such clarity is important in so far as it helps to provide a foundation for guiding researchers’ evaluations of the quality of their research findings. This article focuses on certain philosophical pre-conditions and justifications, that is, th...
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There are two forces currently impacting on higher education in South Africa. The first is a steep rise in student numbers and the pressure (socially, politically, demographically, as well as economically) to increase enrollments even more drastically. The second force is the effect of the global economic revolution on higher education, namely dema...
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The need for an inspired professional teacher corps to haul South African school education out of its current low level of quality was the driving force behind this project. Its aim was to determine what counted as sources of inspiration for student teachers and hence for future teachers. Based on a conceptual-theoretical study, a questionnaire tha...
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The article presets a theoretical description and critical reflection on the values of academics in five Third World countries: Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Malaysia and Mainland China. In Malaysia, for instance, the governance of public universities is continually being revisited in the light of the transformation of higher education and the c...
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Life in South Africa and elsewhere in the less developed world abounds with examples of social injustice, to such an extent that one could justifiably speak of unjust and unequal societies. In South Africa, a divide between the newly rich and the very poor has developed, coupled with a high crime rate which is one of the results of this inequality....
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Moral issues and principles do not only emerge in cases of conflict among, for instance, religious communities or political parties; indeed they form the moral substructure of notions of social justice. During periods of conflict each opponent claims justice for his/her side and bases the claim on certain principles. In this article, reference is m...
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Academics and/or scholars increasingly feel that their academic voice (combined or individual) has been squelched by the demands of performativity in its various guises, and resultantly, that they have been caught up in a process of steady disempowerment. Rather, it should be their right to be free to use their positions in the pursuit of scholarsh...
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Combining Dennett's notion of detached curiosity with Alexander's notion of transcendental pragmatism, we propose in this paper, from a ‘Martian perspective’, that religious understanding and tolerance in education may be pursued from at least two different angles: (a) via the spiritual substrata of religions or via confessional pluralism or (b) vi...
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Some historically black schools manage to do quite well despite their circumstances, such as dire poverty. We aim at explicating some of the causal factors regarding the effectiveness of three schools in deep rural Mpumalanga, South Africa by tapping the perceptions of their learners. Data were collected from learner samples (four girls and four bo...
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Academe in South Africa: a fulfilling profession? South African academics possess a collective value system. However, other value systems impact not only on their value system but also on their academic work. They typically find themselves working in an institutional, a national and an international context, each with its own hierarchy of values. A...
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Teacher education in South Africa: noteworthy aspects from other systems Teacher education in South Africa, as part of the educational system, has been subjected to radical reform since 1994, as part of the reconstruction of society and of the education sys-tem. Deliberations about this aspect of the system have re-sulted in a number of significant...
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As part of a research project on religion, spirituality and education, the authors attended to the role that children's divine dreams could play in religious education (RE). They contend that such dreams can indeed be used by RE teachers as the gateway to understanding the spirituality of their learners. They defend their claim by firstly developin...
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Teacher education in South Africa, as part of the educational system, has been subjected to radical reform since 1994, as part of the reconstruction of society and of the education system. Deliberations about this aspect of the system have resulted in a number of significant policy documents and practical changes. The question arose whether South A...
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The narrative in this discussion article portrays the quest by two researchers to find their scholarly identity in their craft. The central issue in this narrative piece as design type of this inquiry is the space of knowledge crafting— distinguishing between adopted knowledge from the theories that sustain our thinking and the realities that they...
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The intrinsic relationship between education and spirituality After having researched the phenomenon of (especially young) people turning their backs on mainstream religions and finding refuge in “new” forms of spirituality, the authors concluded that, as always, the education of children cannot be done justice to unless attention is also devoted t...
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After having researched the phenomenon of (especially young) people turning their backs on mainstream religions and finding refuge in "new" forms of spirituality, the authors concluded that, as always, the education of children cannot be done justice to unless attention is also devoted to the development of their spirituality. To defend this conten...
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The concept ?initiation school? refers to a type of school that was initially established as a secret rite, which, in a symbolic sense, serves as the teenager's ?transit education? or ?passport? to adulthood. Currently, in South Africa, many opinions are voiced against initiation, mainly because it prevents children from attending formal school for...
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FERDINAND POTGIETER is a senior lecturer in the Department of Education Management and Policy Studies (Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria). At present, he is a member of both the National Board of the Education Training and Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA) and the Joint Standing Committee on Learne...
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Incl. bibl., abstract As part of a critical interpretive research project on skills development in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), the authors attended to the perceptions of Skills Development Facilitators (SDFs) regarding the challenges that HEIs encounter with the implementation of the Skills Development Act (SDA). We contend that apart fro...

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