Department of Educational Foundations

Prof M Letseka

College of Education
School of Educational Studies
Department: Educational Foundations
Professor
Tel: 012 429 8507
Fax: 012 429 4919
E-mail: letsem@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • D.Ed (University of South Africa)
  • MEd (University of the Witwatersrand)Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A. Ed) National University ofLesotho, Roma, LesothoBachelor of Arts in Education (B.A. Ed) National University ofLesotho, Roma, Lesotho

Currently teaching

  • EDC1015 and EDRHODG

Fields of academic interests

Field of specialization / Research interest: 

  • Philosophy of Education; African Philosophy; University Student Throughput Rates, Educational Research

Books

  • Moeketsi Letseka (ed) Open Distance Learning (ODL) in South Africa (Nova Publishers: New York), forthcoming in 2015.
  • Moeketsi Letseka., Michael Cosser., Mignonne Breier and Mariette Visser (eds) (2010) Student Retention and Graduate Destinations: Higher Education and Labour Market Access and Success,  HSRC Monograph, HSRC Press: Cape Town
  • Letseka, M., & Karel, K. (2015) "Pass rates in open distance learning", in Moeketsi Letseka (ed) Open Distance Learning (ODL) in South Africa, Nova Publishers: New York), pp. 65-75.
  • Ngubane-Mokiwa, S., & Letseka, M. (2015) "Shift from open distance learning to open distance e-learning", in Moeketsi Letseka (ed) Open Distance Learning (ODL) in South Africa, Nova Publishers: New York, pp.129-142. 

Book Chapters

  • Moeketsi Letseka and Victor Pitsoe (2012) “Access to higher education through Open Distance Learning (ODL): reflections on the University of South Africa (UNISA)”, in Rubby Dhunpath and Renuka Vithal (eds) Access to Higher Education: Under-prepared Students or Under-prepared Institutions?, Pearson: Cape Town.
  • Moeketsi Letseka., Mignonne Breier and Mariette Visser (2010) “Poverty, race and student achievement in seven higher education institutions”, in Moeketsi Letseka, Michael Cosser, Mignonne Breier and Mariette Visser (eds) Student Retention and Graduate Destinations: Higher Education and Labour Market Access and Success, HSRC Monograph, HSRC Press: Cape Town.
  • Gill Scott and Moeketsi Letseka (2010) “Student inclusion and exclusion at the University of the Witwatersrand”, in Moeketsi Letseka, Michael Cosser, Mignonne Breier and Mariette Visser (eds)
    Student Retention and Graduate Destinations: Higher Education and Labour Market Access and Success, HSRC Monograph, HSRC Press: Cape Town.
  • Isaac Ntshoe and Moeketsi Letseka (2010) “Policy and practices on quality assurance and global competitiveness in higher education: an international and comparative perspective”, in V. D.
    Rust, L, Portnoi and S. S Bagley (eds) Higher Education, Policy and the Global Competition Phenomenon, Palgrave Macmillan: New York.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2009) “University drop-out and researching work and learning", in Shirley Walters and Linda Cooper (eds), Learning/Work: Turning Work and Lifelong Learning Inside,
    HSRC Press: Cape Town.
  • Moeketsi Letseka and Mignonne Breier (2008) “Higher education dropout and poverty”, in Simeon Maile (ed) Education and Poverty Reduction Strategies: Issues of Policy Coherence, Colloquium Proceedings, HSRC Press: Cape Town, 83-101.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2004) “Higher education in South Africa ten years after democracy: some reflections”, in Fred Hendricks (ed), The Social Sciences in South Africa since 1994: Disciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Areas of Study, Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA): Pretoria, 43-51.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2000) “African Philosophy and Educational Discourse”, in P. Higgs, N. C. G Vakalisa, T. V. Mda, N. T.  Assie-Lumumba (eds) African Voices in Education Juta, Cape Town, 179-193.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (1997) “Research and the Empowerment of Teachers”, in J. Mouton and J. Muller, (eds), Knowledge, Methods and the Public Good HSRC Publishers, Pretoria, 451-467.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (1995) “Systems Theory and Educational Discourse”, in Philip Higgs (ed), Metatheories in Philosophy of Education, Heinemann, Johannesburg, 285-306.

 

Journal articles

Journal Articles

  • Letseka, M. (2014) “How convincing is the claim that coexistence between traditional African values and liberal democratic values in South Africa is a contradiction?”  Pensee Journal, 76 (9), 382-395.
  • Pitsoe, V., & Letseka, M. (2014) “Exploring Teacher Professional Development (TPD) through Foucault and Freirean lenses”, Pensee Journal, 76 (9), 372-381.
  • Pitsoe, V., & Letseka, M. (2014) “Foucault and school discipline: reflections on South Africa”, Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5 (21).
  • Letseka, M. (2014) “SA education: 20-year report card”, UNIWISE, winter, 10-13.
  • Letseka, M. (2014) “Ubuntu and Justice as Fairness”, Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5 (9), 544-551.
  • Letseka, M. (2014) “The illusion of ‘Education for All’ in South Africa”, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 116: 4864 – 4869.
  • Letseka, M., & Pitsoe, V. (2014) “The challenges and prospects of access to higher education at UNISA”, Studies in Higher Education,
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2013) “South Africa’s education has promises to keep but miles to go”, Phi Delta Kappan, 94 (6), 74-75.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2013) “Educating for ubuntu: lessons from Basotho indigenous education”, Open Journal of Philosophy, 3 (2), 337-344. 
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2013) “Anchoring ubuntu morality”, Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 4 (3), 351-359.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2013) “Liberalism vs. Marxism-Leninism and the future of education in South Africa”, Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 4 (3), 67-75.
  • Moeketsi Letseka and Davison Zireva (2013) “Thinking: lessons from John Dewey’s How we Think”, Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2 (2), 51-60.
  • Davison Zireva and Moeketsi Letseka (2013) “Obstacles to the development of critical thinking dispositions among student teachers at Morgenster Teachers’ College, Zimbabwe”, Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 4 (6), 671-680.
  • Moeketsi Letseka and Victor Pitsoe (2013) “Reflections on assessment in Open Distance Learning (ODL): the case of the University of South Africa (UNISA)”, Open Praxis, 5 (3), 197-206.
  • Victor Pitsoe and Moeketsi Letseka (2013) “Foucault's discourse and power: implications for obstructionist classroom management”, Open Journal of Philosophy, 3 (1), 23-28.
  • Moeketsi Letseka and Victor Pitsoe (2013) “The challenges and prospects of access to higher education at UNISA”, forthcoming in Studies in Higher Education.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2013) “The illusion of ‘Education for All’ in South Africa”, forthcoming in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Bongani Bantwini and Moeketsi Letseka (2013) “South African teachers caught between nation-building and global demands: is there a way out?”, forthcoming in International Journal of Leadership in Education.
  • Victor Pitsoe and Moeketsi Letseka (2013) “Exploring Teacher Professional Development (TPD) through Foucault and Freirean lenses”, forthcoming in American International Journal of Contemporary Research.
  • Moeketsi Letseka, Bongani Bantwini, and Ethel King-McKenzie (2012) “Public sector union politics and the crisis of education in South Africa”, Creative Education, 7 (3), 1197-1204.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2012) “In defense of ubuntu”, Studies in Philosophy and Education, 31 (1), 47-60. 
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2010) “Early Childhood Development (ECD) trends in the province of the Eastern Cape”, Commonwealth, Youth and Development, 8 (1), 56-71.
  • Nolutho Diko and Moeketsi Letseka (2009) “Policy appropriation in teacher retention and attrition: the case of the North West Province”, Perspectives in Education, 27 (3), 228-236.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2008) “The challenges of university teaching in the era of managerialism”, Africa Education Review, 5 (2), 309-327.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2007) “Why Students leave: the problem of high university dropout rates”,HSRC Review, 5 (3),8-9.
  • Glenda Kruss and Moeketsi Letseka, Guest Editors (2005), Special Issue: Higher education-industry partnerships and innovation in South Africa, Industry and Higher Education 9 (2).
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2005) “Government incentivization of partnerships: an audit of THRIP and the Innovation Fund (IF)”, Industry and Higher Education 9 (2), 161-168.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2005) “The Zimbabwean election: Tragedy of a country torn apart by its violent past, its oppressed present, and its uncertain future”, The Safundi Member Research Newsletter,
    March, 2-4.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2004) “Understanding skills development initiatives in South Africa”, The Development Education Journal 11 (1), 19-20. 
  • Moeketsi Letseka (2001) “Information Technology initiatives at Fort Hare: cure or plaque?”, Knowledge, Technology and Policy 14 (1), 67-78.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (1999) “Sex and Condoms a taboo subject in Church: Considerations for teaching about morality”, UNITRA Perspectives in Education 10 (1), 9-22.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (1996) “Transformation and education in the new South Africa”, Philosophy of Education Research Newsletter, Institute of Education, University of London, No. 21, Autumn.
  • Kingston Nyamapfene and Moeketsi Letseka (1995) “Problems of learning among first year students in South African universities”, South African Journal of Higher Education 9 (1), 159-167.
  • Moeketsi Letseka and Kuselwa Marala (1995) “Shattering the Naturalization of School Knowledge: Reflections on the Theory of Resistance”, UNITRA Perspectives in Education 7(1), 1-14.
  • Moeketsi Letseka (1992) “A Philosophical Outlook of Fundamental Issues in Education: Response to P. D. Soni”, UNITRA Perspectives in Education 1(4), 9-17.

Special Issue Journals Edited:

  • Glenda Kruss and Moeketsi Letseka, Guest Editors, Special Issue: Higher education-industry partnerships and innovation in South Africa, London-based Industry and Higher Education, 2005: 19 (2), 104-197.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Professional positions:

  • 2014: Editor-in-Chief: Africa Education Review
    2009: Deputy Editor: Africa Education
  • 2013: Associate Editor: Mevlana International Journal of Education
  • 2012: Member of the Editorial Advisory Board: International Journal of Education
  • 1995- Consultant Editor: South African Journal of Higher Education
  • 2013 - Member: American Education Research Association (AERA)
  • 2013 - Member: Phi Delta Kappan International
  • 2010 - Member: Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)

Official positions of responsibility

  • Chairperson: Higher Degrees Committee, Department of Educational Foundations
  • Chairperson: Foundational Learning Technical Task Team
  • Human Resource Development South Africa (HRDSA) Council, Office of the Presidency
  • Member of Council: Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management

Awards:

  • 2012: Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) Miscellaneous Large Grant
  • 2006: Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) Travel Grant
  • 1995: London Goodenough Trust’s Carden bursary

Projects

  • March 2014: Project Leader and Principal Investigator in the National Research Foundation (NRF) research grant for the three-year “Archaeology of Ubuntu” study. The ‘Archaeology’ study is an oral-historical research that aims to archive Ubuntu epistemology through oral historical conversations with community elders in five (5) provinces in South Africa – Eastern Cape; Kwazulu-Natal; Limpopo; Mpumalanga, and North West, as well as in six (6) Southern African neighboring countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • 2013 – Principal Investigator: Archaeology of Ubuntu, UNISA
  • 2005-2008 – Principal Investigator: Student Pathways Study, HSRCPublications: 

Other

Policy Brief

Moeketsi Letseka and Mignonne Breier (2008) “Higher education dropout and poverty”, in Simeon Maile (ed) Education and Poverty Reduction Strategies: Issues of Policy Coherence,
Colloquium Proceedings, HSRC Press: Cape Town.