Using philosophies in the theoretical framing of educational research

When educational researchers engage with philosophies, and in particular philosophies of education, it is to support investigation of specific research questions by: 

  1. outlining a theoretical framework which situates the phenomenon/problem/issue
  2. outlining a methodology which clarifies the methods applied. 

This conference draws on input from experts in the field of educational research who have spent years dealing with these theoretical questions.

Professor David Beckett, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, will open the conference and two keynotes will be delivered by Professor Peter Roberts, University of Canterbury, and Professor Lyn Yates, Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

The two rows of parallel sessions at the conference will each involve 45 minutes of recorded input (video or phone interviews conducted specifically in preparation for this conference) from:

  • Professor Gert Biesta, Brunel University London
  • 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, Ghent University.

Each 45 minute session will be focused on questions of theory and followed by a further 45 minutes of facilitated discussion structured as a community of inquiry aimed at investigating the examples provided and issues raised.

The conference is co-sponsored by The Australian Association for Research in Education and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.


Friday 29 May, 9am-5pm

Theatre Q230
Level 2, 234 Queensberry Street
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne
CARLTON   VIC   3010 

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