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17:45 - 19:00 22 May 2018

Knowledge in Education: Why philosophy matters


Jeffery Hall | UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

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Jan Derry, Professor of the Philosophy of Education, UCL Institute of Education, When practical questions in education are pursued rigorously, they typically lead to philosophical enquiry, into the nature of knowledge, the characteristics of the just society, and the nature of the good life. Jan is co-Director of the Philosophy at the Institute of Education group, which examines philosophical approaches in education, encompassing such topics as the aims of education, teaching, learning, and the curriculum, democracy, citizenship, philosophy with children, new technology, and the environment. Her own research interests focus on philosophical psychology, theories of knowledge and learning, and the nature of professional expertise and judgment. She has published widely, particularly on Vygotsky, Brandom, and McDowell.

In recent years ideas about education have polarized: on one side are those stressing facts and disciplines; on the other, those committed to the encouragement of learners to make their own meaning. By offering a fine-grained account of pedagogic practice and subject knowledge, recent developments in philosophy provide a means of reconfiguring the issue in a manner that transcends this simple opposition.

This lecture is followed by a wine reception.


Kate Thomas
+44 (0)2076126056 | ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk


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