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Educational Theory and Philosophy

The aim of this SIG is to support scholarly work in educational philosophy and theory. Participation in debates over matters of policy and practice are also encouraged. Researchers from a wide range of theoretical traditions are welcomed. The ETAP SIG has been established in discussion with the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) to support the development of a community of scholars within AARE with interests in this area. We aim to provide a program of individual papers and symposia at AARE conferences, as well as an email discussion list for communication between conferences.

For further information, please contact the SIG convenors Steven Stolz and Maurizio Toscano

Advisors: Peter Roberts - University of Canterbury, Michael Peters - University of Waikato

 Book release

With SIG competitive funding provided by AARE we are pleased to announce the release of the book Theory and Philosophy in Education Research. Edited by John Quay, Jennifer Bleazby, Steven A. Stolz, Maurizio Toscano and R. Scott Webster. 

To obtain a copy. 


Friday 29 May 2015

Using Philosophies in the Theoretical Framing of Educational Research

Conference Report.

A very successful day was had at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education with around 150 people in attendance. Most were staff and research students from universities in Victoria, with Deakin, Federation, La Trobe, Melbourne, Monash and Victoria universities all represented. Some attendees came from much further afield, for example, colleagues from New Zealand were also in attendance.

Opening the conference was Professor David Beckett (Melbourne Graduate School of Education).

The two keynotes at the conference were delivered by Professor Peter Roberts (University of Canterbury) and Professor Lyn Yates (Melbourne Graduate School of Education).

The parallel sessions at the conference (two streams of 90 minutes) each involved 45 minutes of recorded input (video or phone interviews conducted specifically in preparation for this conference) from Professor Michael Apple (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Professor Gert Biesta (Brunel University London), Professor Penny Enslin (University of Glasgow), Professor John Hattie (Melbourne Graduate School of Education), Emeritus Professor Nel Noddings (Stanford University), Professor Michael Peters (University of Waikato), Professor Richard Pring (University of Oxford), Professor Paul Smeyers (Catholic University of Leuven).

Following presentation of these interviews, a further 45 minutes of facilitated discussion ensued, aimed at the examples provided and the detailed issues raised.

There were many requests for future access to the recorded interviews. We do not have permission to disseminate these in their raw form beyond the conference. However a book project is in train which will provide access to all presentations, once complete.

The conference convenors were:

Dr John Quay (
Dr Jennifer Bleazby (
Dr Steven Stolz (
Dr Maurizio Toscano (
Dr Scott Webster (

Many thanks to AARE for the funding support, and to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education for providing the venue and technical support.

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