Department of Geography

Mr RW Pretorius

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences
Department: Geography
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 011 471 2084
E-mail: pretorw@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BSc (Majoring in Geography and Mathematics; UP)
  • BSc (Hons - Geography; UP)
  • MSc (Geography ; UP)
  • MBL (Masters in Business Leadership; Unisa)
  • Registered for a PhD in Geography

Fields of academic interests

Teaching Interests

Facilitating problem based learning in Geography, Learning Geography within authentic contexts, Inquiry based learning in Geography

Research Interests

Education for sustainability, Teaching and Learning in Geography, E-learning, Perception studies of environmental issues

Journal articles

  • Pretorius, R.W. 2012. "The value of authentic learning spaces to facilitate education for sustainable development in open and distance learning". Chaper 14 (169-182) in Leal Filho, W. (Ed.) Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons. Peter Lang: Frankfurt. (Vol. 33: "Environmental Education, Communication and Sustain-ability")
  • R.W. Pretorius. 2014. "A critical narrative of e-learning spaces for environmental sustainability in the Global South". Chapter 12 (187-198) in Azeiteiro, U.M., Leal Filho, W. and Caeiro, S. (Eds.), E-learning and sustainability. Peter Lang: Frankfurt. (Vol. 34: "Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability")
  • Pretorius, R.W., Nicolau, M.D., Immelman, J., De Jager, A.E., Du Plessis, A. and Nöthling, M. 2015. Virtual learning environments for transformation to sustainability: A case study from the "South". Chapter (335-348) in Leal Filho, W., Azeiteiro, U.M., Caeiro, S. and Alves, F. (Eds.) Integrating Sustainability Thinking in Science and Engineering Curricula. Springer: Hamburg. (1st volume of "World Sustainability Series")
  • Pretorius, R.W. and Fairhurst, U.J. 2015. The role of Geography in multi-inter-trans-disciplinary study programmes for environmental sustainability. Chapter (435-448) in Leal Filho, W. (Ed.) Transformative Approaches to Sustainable Development at Universities. Springer: Hamburg. (2nd volume of "World Sustainability Series")
  • R.W. Pretorius, R. Coetzee, A.E. de Jager, H.J. van Niekerk, A.C. Vlok, R.M Hendrick and C.E. Potgieter. 2015. "From correspondence to online provisioning in open and distance learning: Greening implications versus practical and organisational imperatives". Chapter (295-311) in Leal Filho, W., Muthu, N., Edwin, G. and Sima, M. (Eds.) Implementing Campus Greening Initiatives: Approaches, Methods and Perspectives. Springer: Hamburg. (4th volume of "World Sustainability Series")
  • R.W. Pretorius, D.W. Hedding, M.D. Nicolau and E.S. Nkooe. 2015. "Campus greening in open and distance learning: Curriculum initiatives in the Department of Geography, University of South Africa". Chapter (277-293) in Leal Filho, W., Muthu, N., Edwin, G. and Sima, M. (Eds.) Implementing Campus Greening Initiatives: Approaches, Methods and Perspectives. Springer: Hamburg. (4th volume of "World Sustainability Series")

Paper presentations

  • "The value of authentic learning spaces to facilitate education for sustainable development in open and distance learning", paper read at the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, 5-6 June 2012. Planetário do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro.
  • "Interrogating the teaching and learning of climate change in the secondary school Geography curriculum", paper co-authored and read with P. Liknaitzky at the 9th biennial conference of the SSAG, 20-22 June 2012. University of Cape Town: Cape Town.
  • "Adding value to open and distance learning in geography with inquiry based approaches", paper read at the First International Unisa ODL Conference, 5-7 September 2012. University of South Africa: Pretoria.
  • "From correspondence to online provisioning in open and distance learning: Greening implications versus practical and organisational imperatives", paper co-authored with R. Coetzee, A.E. de Jager, H.J. van Niekerk, A.C. Vlok, R.M Hendrick and C.E. Potgieter and read at the Green Campus Summit, 4-5 April 2013. Anandha Inn Puducherry.
  • "Campus greening in open and distance learning: Curriculum initiatives in the Department of Geography, University of South Africa", paper co-authored with D.W. Hedding, M.D. Nicolau and E.S. Nkooe and read at the Green Campus Summit, 4-5 April 2013. Anandha Inn: Puducherry.
  • "A critical narrative of e-learning spaces for environmental sustainability in the Global South", paper read at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (Unisa) ODL Conference, 5-6 September 2013. Mount Grace Hotel: Magaliesburg
  • "The role of Geography in multi-inter-trans-disciplinary study programmes for environmental sustainability", paper co-authored with U.J Fairhurst and read at the 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, 5-6 September 2015. Manchester Metropolitan University: Manchester
  • "Virtual learning environments for transformation to sustainability: A case study from the South", paper co-authored with M.D. Nicolau, J. Immelman, A.E. de Jager, A. du Plessis and M. Nöthling and read at the 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, 5-6 September 2015. Manchester Metropolitan University: Manchester.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Teaching Awards

Excellence in Tuition Award of the Unisa Vice-Chancellor (2008) for the Module "Geography of Tourism"

Professional Societies and Involvement

Member of:

  • Society of South African Geographers,
  • South African Society of Atmospheric Scientists,
  • Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns
  • Serves as chair of the Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences of the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns

Projects

Community Engagement

Participates in the Roots Driven Rural Development Project, with focus on community based tourism development Co-organiser of the Annual Afrikaans Symposium for Postgraduate Students in the Natural Sciences in collaboration with the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns Facilitates the maintenance of the Unisa Automatic Weather Station on the Muckleneuk Campus in collaboration with the South African Weather Services