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ERIC Number: ED568618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Pedagogy of Discernment, New Wine in Old Skins? A Response to Potgieter
Nieuwenhuis, F. J.
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (13th, Sofia, Bulgaria, Jun 10-13, 2015)
In his 2014 paper Potgieter presented a number of pertinent questions on education in a post-modern world. In this article I not only challenge some of the views informing these questions but also raise additional questions for debate and critical analysis. Two pertinent issues, both with religious undertones, are addressed, viz.: a) whether the construct, "evil", as employed by Potgieter in his argument, could be used as basis for the development of a theory on education; and b) whether a pedagogy of discernment could be used as a "primus inter pares." Using hermeneutic analysis, I argue that the religious embeddedness of these concepts as well as the relativity of claims made could be problematic in terms of a general theory on pedagogy meant to serve as a "primus inter pares." In contesting Potgieter's argument I therefore pose a number of counter claims for analysis and scrutiny. [For the complete Volume 13, Number 1 proceedings, see ED568595.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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