Department of Educational Foundations

Prof MP van Niekerk

College of Education
School of Educational Studies
Department: Educational Foundations
Tel: 012 667 3491
Fax: 086 641 7098


  • DEd
  • MEd

Fields of academic interests

Research interest:

  • Epistemological underpinnings of teacher education
  • IKS and Gadamer
  • Values and ideologies underpinning policies and curricula in education
  • Complexity theory thinking and management of change
  • Science and Religion debates 

Field of Specialisation

  • Comparative and International Education
  • Philosophy of Education 


  • Van Niekerk M.P. 2010.  Values and Ideologies in South African education in Lemmer, EM & Van Wyk JN (eds) Themes in South African Education, Cape Town: Pearson Ed.

  • Wolhuter C.C. & van Niekerk M.P. 2010.  50 Years of  Educationla Expansion and Reform in post-Colonial Africa  in a Festshcrift im menory of David Wilson, entitled: Calmouring for a better world. 

Journal articles

Van Niekerk M.P. 2007. The  Indigenous Knowledge Systems project in South Africa:A Gadamerian perspective. Journal of Educational Studies 6(2) November 2007.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Editorial board of the Journal of South African Higher Education (SAJHE)
  • Treasurer of Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES)
  • IKS project in 2002, 2007


  • Interdisciplinary project on values formation and religious identity


Refereed Conference proceedings:

Van Niekerk M.P. 2007. Building and knowledge systems in the Science and Religion debate, pp 99-120. Research Institute of Theology and Religion in CW Du Toit (ed), The impact of knowledge systems on Human development in Africa.