School of Education Seminar Series: Educational Purposes, Ethics and Beliefs

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Board Room B1/10, Harcourt Hill Campus


Discontinuity in Learning: Dewey, Herbart and Education as Transformation with speaker Andrea English

(this meeting convened jointly with the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, Oxford Branch)

Andrea English is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada. Dr English, an American scholar, previously taught at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, from which she received her doctorate in 2005. Her work on theories of teaching and learning has appeared internationally in scholarly journals and essay collections.

In Discontinuity in Learning, Andrea English argues that discontinuous experiences, such as uncertainty and struggle, are essential to learning . Dr. English presents a fresh take on contemporary educational issues through renewed readings of the works of two seminal thinkers in philosophy of education – nineteenth-century German philosopher J. F. Herbart and American Pragmatist John Dewey.

These seminars are convened by the Educational Purposes, Ethics and Beliefs Research Group within the School of Education, Oxford Brookes University. This semester’s programme begins with two contrasting philosophical approaches to education – a transformative approach emphasising the importance of uncertainty and struggle, drawing on pragmatic and hermeneutic approaches to education, and an approach that attends to a biological perspective. Later in the semester we focus on history, citizenship and moral development in education.