Educational Philosophy and Theory


The aim of this special interest group is to promote a forum for scholars working at the intersection of philosophical and educational thought. It places scholarship that is informed by philosophical traditions such as epistemology, ontology, phenomenology, ethics, and political philosophy in conversation with the central concepts, values, and assumptions that underpin educational practice, research, and policy. The educational philosophy and theory special interest group aims to gather researchers in addressing significant and emerging educational questions and issues that take a characteristically philosophical perspective, and hence centrally concerned with philosophy of education. The group invites researchers and practitioners interested in theoretical work more broadly to engage robustly with an explicitly philosophical focus.  

Research interests:

  • Philosophy of education
  • Educational philosophy and theory


John Dewey Conference (February 2022)

The conference theme: “The Legacy of John Dewey on Contemporary Pedagogy”. Please refer to the attached Conference Program and Speakers and Abstracts for more specific information. 

Conference on the Legacy of John Dewey on Contemporary Pedagogy Abstracts:

Philip Cam: Thinking as Method

James Harrison and Henk Roodt: The legacy of John Dewey: His contribution to cyclical and iterative processes
and its potential for addressing contemporary problems

Robert Stevens: Thinking as orientation 

Zhihang Li: What does the School as a Community mean