Educational Theory and Philosophy


The aim of this special interest group is to foster and advance engagement with all aspects of educational philosophy and theory in the service of education and educational research. It endeavours to do so through robust conversations and dialogues of educational philosophy and theory. The educational philosophy and theory special interest group acknowledges that philosophical and theoretical work in education draws from, as much as it contributes to, educational practice and research in other disciplines. This is particularly the case for allied fields such as curriculum theory, the politics of education, educational history, educational policy, higher education, research methodologies, and so on. Moreover, educational philosophy and theory aims to gather researchers together in addressing significant and emerging educational questions and issues using the unique insights afforded by theory and philosophy.   

Research interests:

  • Educational philosophy
  • Educational theory
  • Philosophy of education


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