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Special Interest Group

Philosophy of Education

The Philosophy of Education SIG supports the development and dissemination of philosophical research in education and its interdisciplinary links.

Educational research is an inherently interdisciplinary field. Philosophical perspectives, or engagement with the philosophy that underpins different disciplines and methods, remains a vital part of the field’s ability to advance original educational thinking and respond to both enduring and emerging questions that face education and wider society.

The SIG welcomes those engaged in both theoretical and empirical philosophy, and understands education in its broadest sense, from upbringing and family life, through formal education, to the ‘education of grown-ups’, to use Stanley Cavell’s term.

Research interests 

  • Upbringing and family life
  • Policy and pedagogy in formal education
  • Diverse philosophical and methodological approaches
  • The role of culture and media in educating the public
  • Diverse forms of research presentation

SIG aims

  • To provide an inclusive space for both practitioners, students, and academics
  • To support a diversity of approaches to philosophical research
  • To provide opportunities for dissemination and collaboration
  • To offer advice and guidance for early career researchers

Twitter @Beraphilosophy

SIG Convenors

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Kate O’Shaughnessy, Ms

Education Consultant at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Hi – I'm Kate, the Director of OSC Education Ltd. I'm all about connecting theory with practice in education. I started teaching English in East London before becoming a senior leader for many years. Now I work with schools to develop...

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Naomi Hodgson, Dr

Reader in Education at Edge Hill University

Dr Naomi Hodgson is a Reader in Education at Edge Hill University, UK, and a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. Her research focuses on the relationship between education, governance, and subjectivity, and she is currently leading research...

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Victoria I. Ekpo, Ms

Lecturer in Secondary English Education/PhD Student at Edge Hill University

Victoria I. Ekpo is a lecturer in Secondary English Education and a final-year PhD student at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. Her research centres around questions of authenticity – the self and their ontology – and ways in which poetry...

Content associated with this SIG

Meet and Discuss – Philosophy of Education

Join the Philosophy of Education SIG meeting to network with colleagues, learn about the activities of the SIG and plans for 2024 and onwards. This meeting will be hosted online, where you will...

Past event28 Feb 2024Virtual

SIG Forum Meeting – Philosophy of Education

Join the Philosophy of Education SIG meeting to network with colleagues, learn about the activities of the SIG and plans for 2024 and onwards. This meeting will be hosted online, where you will...

Past event22 Nov 2023

BERA Conference 2023 Awards Announced

The BERA Conference 2023 was held at the Conference Aston/ Aston University, 12-14 September 2023. We are pleased to announce the conference award winners. Please click below to view the ECR Best...

News11 Oct 2023

BERA Conference 2023

12 September 2023 to 14 September 2023Aston University/ Conference Aston

The BERA Conference 2023 was held on the 12th-14th September 2023 at Conference Aston/Aston University. Keynote speakers included: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith. The conference ended with three...

Past conference12 Sep 2023