Balancing rights in education: applying the proportionality test
English: Educators and learners know that they are entitled to the protection of their rights, but are uncertain to what degree this protection extends. Fundamental rights are not absolute and may be limited by the rights of others, by laws of general application and by the definitional parameters of rights as described in the Constitution. This article explains the process of applying the ba…
The ethics of managing elephants
English: If human beings may legitimately intervene in conservation areas to let nature be and to protect the lives of all animals under their care, managing elephants must be legitimate as part of the conservation of natural world diversities. If this is true, are current management options ethically acceptable? This article investigates the ethics of four management options: the simulation …
Reflective thinking among a selected sample of South African educators: a qualitative study
English: This article investigates how South African educators understand and practise reflective thinking, and whether they receive adequate training in reflective thinking during their in-service training. A literature study established a conceptual framework on reflective thinking, and an empirical investigation explored the experiences of a small sample of educators.
Geskiedsfilosofie as godsdiensfilosofie:’n lesing van Wolfhart Pannenberg se hermeneutiek van die geskiedenis
English: In this essay, a critical reading of the philosophy of history in the early work of Wolfhart Pannenberg is developed. An attempt will be made to bring the hermeneutic aspect of his philosophy to the fore, with the more dominant perspectives of his theology and philosophy of science being brought into play only where necessary. It will be argued that his historical hermeneutic notion …
Women, knowledge and gardens in John Capgrave’s Life of Saint Katherine of Alexandria
English: Saint Katherine was one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages and was renowned for her exceptional education. John Capgrave wrote his Life of Saint Katherine of Alexandria in East Anglia in the 1440s. The episode in Capgrave’s text in which Katherine is converted to Christianity is set in a private garden. While Capgrave attempts to associate Katherine with the Virgin Mary, t…
A model to increase teacher self-efficacy
English: This article outlines an attempt to help teachers to become more effective role models and instructors of life skills via the development of a self-efficacy model. The model is founded on the premise that teachers first have to believe in their own ability to effectively cope with life’s challenges before they can teach learners to do so. Based on a theory-generative research design…