My work focuses on place of education in a diverse and multicultural democratic society. Specifically, I am interested in the educational values and aims that should define such a society and how a democratic community should best go about deciding on such values and aims.
My central focus has been on developing a democratic theory that includes the educational interests of citizens and its implications for educational policy and teacher practice. I have carried out this work through the application of Jurgen Habermas’ theory of discourse ethics.
I am also interested in the aims and values of higher education and, in particular, issues related to fair access to higher education.
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS
(For a full list see my Google Scholar page)
Articles & Chapters
“The Epistemology of Educational Policy-Formation” SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2013 – Present)
How should a democracy society decide on the educational values and aims that will affect all citizens? In this project I am seeking to apply democratic theory to better understand how educational policies should be decided in a liberal democracy. In the project I am interested in identifying the procedures that should define legitimate (and ethical) educational policy.
“Autonomy, Adulthood, and the Aims of Post-Compulsory Education in Liberal Democracies.” Spencer Foundation (2015 – Present)
What is the place of education in the lives of adults? Much educational theory and policy has focused on the kind of education that a society should offer its children. But what values and aims should define an education for adults, and what institutions and policies should support such values and aims? In this project I address controversial issues in post-compulsory education such as student debt and access to higher education.