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Description of Project


Politicians, managers and administrators frequently talk of "transformation," especially in countries like South Africa, which seek to move away from a painful past of oppression, autocracy, dehumanisation, exploitation, and injustice to a more just and democratic future for its people. "Qualitative transformation" is an important research theme at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) and is part of the governmental and institutional Vision 2020 scheme. What does “qualitative transformation” mean? How can we evaluate it? We need to explore “qualitative transformation” from different perspectives, research disciplines, and contexts. 


This book will present international research on “qualitative transformation” from different perspectives, disciplines, and contexts. Each contributor will explain and clarify the meaning of “qualitative transformation" in relation to their own research and experiences. They will be critically engaging with relevant theories, practices, and methodologies, and supporting their ideas with evidence and critical reflections.


This will be of value for readers who are interested in defining, debating and understanding “qualitative transformation” and to carry out their own research and practice in evaluating and bringing about qualitative transformation. Each contribution will display situations, practices and lives in different countries and contexts and the values and commitments of different practitioners struggling to make a difference to humanity, their community and country, and the future of the world. 


It is hoped this this will assist policy makers, politicians, managers and administrators to define and understand the words “qualitative transformation."


This is a call for papers for a volume on the meanings of qualitative transformation and how to evaluate it.


The initial title and subtitle are


"Qualitative Transformation: Interdisciplinary Research and Reflections on It Meaning and Evaluation



Brief description of the aim of the book


In this book, different authors from different disciplines and countries explore the meaning of “qualitative transformation.” Each author explains and evaluates “qualitative transformation” in terms of their own area of research and presents their own theories, evidence-based analysis, literature reviews, and critical engagement. 

Posted to Developing, Problematizing and Testing An Applied Dialectical Method in South Africa by Alon Serper on 30 December 2014 11:17:27 | with 0 comments

Call for Papers


Call for Papers


Qualitative Transformation: A collected perspectives (2015)


The newly established Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa, and Trébol Press, Los Angeles, seek to publish a collection of peer reviewed papers on the timely theme of “qualitative transformation”.


We welcome contributions from around the world and across disciplines and transdisciplinarily that enquire into or describe projects in evaluating qualitative transformation and looking into the meanings and implications of qualitative transformation, and how to summon it from any perspective, context, area of research, and methodology.


Required length: 5000 to 12000 words, in APA style (advice and sources to be received upon request from the editor)


Deadline for a 250-400 words abstract, March 31, 2015


Deadline for submission July, 1, 2015


Edited by Alon Serper (Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Send abstracts or enquiries to Alon Serper at


To be published by Trébol Press


Sponsored by the Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute, chaired by Prof. Maarten de Wit.

Posted to Developing, Problematizing and Testing An Applied Dialectical Method in South Africa by Alon Serper on 28 December 2014 11:10:27 | with 0 comments

I spent July here in this site discussing values as standards of judgement and which values to follow,-Problematizing-and-Testing-An-Applied/July-2014/summary-of-the-values-question,-Problematizing-and-Testing-An-Applied/July-2014/Applied-dialectical-Method-as-value-laden,-Problematizing-and-Testing-An-Applied/July-2014/More-reflections-on-values,-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.


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?



Posted to Developing, Problematizing and Testing An Applied Dialectical Method in South Africa by Alon Serper on 11 December 2014 11:05:15 | with 0 comments

I really believe in the poiesis of creating something new from the existing  using critical evaluation, dialogue and testing

Posted to Developing, Problematizing and Testing An Applied Dialectical Method in South Africa by Alon Serper on 10 December 2014 10:18:40 | with 0 comments

A teacher placed herself in the place of her students.  Here are her findings.

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 to Developing, Problematizing and Testing An Applied Dialectical Method in South Africa by Alon Serper on 10 December 2014 10:03:34 | with 0 comments

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