Associate Professor John Quay
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John Quay has a school teaching background in outdoor environmental education and physical education. His research interests include these areas of teaching as well as teaching more generally, extended by a passion for history and philosophy of education as this informs understanding of curriculum and pedagogy.
John Quay’s research interests revolve around the notion of praxis, particularly the contributions of phenomenological and pragmatic philosophical theories (Dewey, Heidegger, Peirce) applied in experiential learning, outdoor and environmental education, physical education and broader areas of teachers’ work. Central to his ideas are ontological perspectives in education. His most recent book is Understanding Life in School published by Palgrave Macmillan. Recent journal papers include “From human–nature to cultureplace in education via an exploration of unity and relation in the work of Peirce and Dewey” published in advanced online form with Studies in Philosophy and Education.