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Values and ethics and the applied dialectical method

I spent July here in this site discussing values as standards of judgement and which values to follow  http://connect.nmmu.ac.za/Blogs/Developing,-Problematizing-and-Testing-An-Applied/July-2014/summary-of-the-values-question http://connect.nmmu.ac.za/Blogs/Developing,-Problematizing-and-Testing-An-Applied/July-2014/Applied-dialectical-Method-as-value-ladenhttp://connect.nmmu.ac.za/Blogs/Developing,-Problematizing-and-Testing-An-Applied/July-2014/More-reflections-on-values http://connect.nmmu.ac.za/Blogs/Developing,-Problematizing-and-Testing-An-Applied/July-2014?page=3 This week,The Thailand Junta regime used Hitler as the desired values of obedience to authority, hard work, loyalty to one's country, king and religion, and what it means to be a good and moral person in a propaganda film. http://www.ibtimes.com/thailand-school-propaganda-film-israeli-embassy-bangkok-condemns-hitler-video-1747118 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/188487 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1143055/Thai-propaganda-film-Hitlers-image-removed-internet.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1143055/Thai-propaganda-film-Hitlers-image-removed-internet.html Of course, Hitler is usually considered to be an example of destruction, evil and worst possible features of what human beings can be and do - the most UNDESIRED feature of a regime, leadership and humanity. The idea that the Hitlerism can be used as desired values shocks many beyond words.  Hitler is considered an absolute universal  example of sheer evil and how not to be.  Yet the Thai regime is using it as the exactly opposite, how one ought to be, in an educational film for children on how to good human beings and Thai citizens. How is it possible?What does this mean? That nothing is absolute or universal? Everything is relative and subject to geography?   How would the Asian governments, in general, and the Thai, in particular, react if the Israeli government portrays the atrocities committed by the Japanese regime and military in Asia in the 20th century in its educational films?         How is that possible? Does
Posted on 11/12/2014 11:05:15

Students constructing new things from the existing and available

I really believe in the poiesis of creating something new from the existing  using critical evaluation, dialogue and testing
Posted on 10/12/2014 10:18:40

Teacher as Student

A teacher placed herself in the place of her students.  Here are her findings.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/24/teacher-spends-two-days-as-a-student-and-is-shocked-at-what-she-learned/I do greater participation as my method.  Still, critical reflection and placing oneself in the shoes/place of others, the students, is always good.  
Posted on 10/12/2014 10:03:34

dialectical approach

A Transdisciplinary Dialectical Approach to Earth Stewardship Science Let me take you through my slides and the paper  
Posted on 01/12/2014 11:52:57

My session today on dialectical dialogue

Side Event An experiment in dialectical interaction of dialoguing, questioning, enquiring and co-enquiring: How To qualitatively Transform Social and Human interactions and reflective ideas The 1st of December Date: Monday 1 DecemberTime: 14h30 - 16h30Venue: Building 35, South Campus, Lectural Hall G04 
Posted on 01/12/2014 11:50:52

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Purchasing of Tablets/Laptops with Nfas book allowance

The move to allow students to use their book allowance to purchase laptops and tablets is great. however the products on offer from van schaik (george campus) is not of great quality and overpriced. we can only buy product from approved vendors or rather vendors listed on the merchant list a...
Posted on 03/07/2014 11:00:33

RE:AcerEdu discounts

This reply is from Jacques Wessells, Facilities Planner, ICT Services.Both the Acer and Lenovo prices and products to students are the result of the ASAUDIT working group for student laptops and supported by the PURCO group. In short ASAUDIT is a standalone organisation made up of all participati...
Posted on 15/02/2012 13:16:35

AcerEdu discounts

Is anyone else not impressed at all by the AcerEdu discounts? Every notebook for sale can be purchased either for less (R1600 less in the case of the most expensive model) or at very similar prices from major online retailers in SA. The bundled Windows 7 Professional and Office 2010 Professional ...
Posted on 10/02/2012 11:23:19


The gym at 2nd ave was managed by the Sport Management staff and students (academic programme) The swimming pool was never part of the gym. We as sport management did however agree to keep an eye on the pool in terms of who was using it etc. The maintenanvce and upkeep of the pool was - and...
Posted on 27/01/2012 14:58:22


The pool on the 2nd Avenue campus was part of the gym. The gym has been converted into offices and the archives of the university. The pool is unfortunately no longer operational.
Posted on 17/10/2011 12:57:31


Maybe they shut down the gym, but the pool is still there. Don't know who's in charge of it now.
Posted on 15/10/2011 10:56:13


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