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Economics, Philosophy and Political Science, Education, Management, PhilosophyOther Titles: Faculty Associate, Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science; Faculty Associate, Faculty of Management
Graduate student supervisor
Philosophy of education; Educational policy; Moral education; Moral and political philosophy; Critical theory; the humanities in medical education; Ethics education.
Courses & Teaching
(Undergraduate) The Culture of the School: The School as an Ethical Environment ; (Graduate) Readings and Discourse in Education; Mindfulness as an Aim of Education; Leadership for Inclusion and Social Justice: What is Educational Justice?
PhD Institute of Education, University of London
Research Interests & Projects
Educational justice; democratic theory; educational policy; higher education; moral theory; moral education; professional education
My research is focused on the values and aims of education in liberal democratic societies and the implications of such values and aims for the structure and organization of just and fair educational institutions. I use concepts and ideas from moral philosophy, political philosophy, and epistemology in order to address contemporary issues of educational justice, curriculum, and pedagogy.
My current research is focused on two projects. The first is on the values and aims of higher education in liberal societies, and I am in particular interested in the extent to which, and ways in which, adult citizens have a right to post-compulsory education. The second is on the representation of children’s interests in democratic decision-making about educational policies and practices.
I am the author of Education in a Post-Metaphysical World (Bloomsbury). Available in paperback: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/education-in-a-post-metaphysical-world-9781472569127/
I am also the author (with Stefaan Cuypers) of R.S. Peters (Bloomsbury). Now out in paperback: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/r-s-peters-9781472518798/
Selected Publications & Presentations
- Is moral philosophy an educationally worthwhile activity? Toward a liberal democratic theory of teacher education. Ethics and Education
- Education, Justice, and Discursive Agency: Toward an Educationally Responsive Discourse Ethics. Educational Theory
- Should Students Have to Borrow? IMPACT: Philosophical Perspectives on Education Policy.
- Should Students Have to Borrow? Autonomy, Wellbeing and Student Debt. Journal of Philosophy of Education.
- When the ideal of liberal egalitarianism meets the fact of austerity: reorienting philosophical perspectives on educational policy. Journal of Education Policy, 30(2), 201-219.
- Transitional justice and the task of inclusion: A Habermasian perspective on the justification of aboriginal educational rights. Educational Theory, 64(1), 33-53.
- Curriculum Inquiry, 43(2), 189-209.
- Continuum International Library of Educational Thought. London: Continuum International.
- Education in a Post-Metaphysical World: Rethinking Educational Policy and Practice through Jürgen Habermas’ Discourse Morality. London: Continuum International.
- Re-Reading R.S. Peters: Analysis, Ethics, and the Aims of Education (Co-Editor and Contributor) Wiley Blackwell.
My full publication list can be found here: Google Scholar
Advisory Board, Centre for Mindful Engagement
- Tuition fees ‘force students to pick degrees by salary prospects, Times Higher Education, May 26, 2016
- Prof says make it free, Castanet, June 17, 2016
- UBCO professor calls education loans unfair for students, KelownaNow, June 19, 2016
- The Threat of debt: UBC Okanagan raises concerns about student borrowing, infotelNews, June 19, 2016