Education’s Autonomy: Addressing challenges towards a Theoretical Framework with Dr. Yosef-Hassidim

Dr. Christopher Martin, Associate Professor, is hosting a Canadian Philosophy of Education Society seminar. 

Dewey claimed that “Education is autonomous and should be free to determine its own ends, its own objectives”. Should, and can, education be non-political? Following work in educational theory, Dr. Yosef-Hassidim will take education’s autonomy to mean a non-instrumental and not politically-driven education, education with its own logic, immanence, agenda, agency, terms, values; an educational way of thinking and doing. Realizing this vision faces, of course, many challenges. In this talk, he will briefly discuss four challenges: (1) the question of whether education’s autonomy is undemocratic, (2) preference of instrumentalized education for social-economic enhancement, (3) theorizing educational justice on its own terms, and (4) curricular considerations. He believes addressing such theoretical and practical challenges is helpful in advocating an agenda and laying some foundations for a theoretical framework for education’s autonomy.

Thursday, Feb. 25
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. PST
Via Zoom

The event is open for all to attend. While attendance is free, you still need to register to receive the Zoom link.


About the Speaker

Dr. Doron Yosef-Hassidim is an instructor at Lakehead University in the Department of Graduate Studies and Research in Education, and he also teaches in Thompson Rivers University’s teacher education program. He has an academic and professional background in engineering and in education, with a M.A. in Education and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Within his professional experience, he was a high-school STEM teacher in Israel and in Canada, and also served in several teacher leadership and professional development positions. His research interests include educational theory, foundations of education, teacher education, and political and social philosophy of education. He is spearheading interdisciplinary and international scholarly work on education’s autonomy.

About the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society Seminar Series

The Canadian Philosophy of Education Seminar Series aims to create a space to support in-progress work in the philosophy of education, provide opportunities for pre-tenure/early career and graduate students, and contribute to the cultivation of scholarly community. Anyone working at the intersections of philosophy and education are welcome to contribute to the series.

If you are interested in presenting a paper in future events, contact Dr. Christopher Martin at

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