Friday, March 10, 2017, 12:00-2:00, Multipurpose Room (room 2012), Ponderosa Commons Oak House
Philosophy of Education as “Pre Qualitative” Educational Research
Sam Rocha, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies, UBC
This talk will be based on a forthcoming chapter in an edited book titled The Relationship and Need of Philosophy and History of Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), which includes a critical response by Patti Lather. My argument begins with a descriptive sense of the dire straits of humanistic research in the field of education today and suggests that the bulk of the historical blame is best placed on John Dewey’s scientific conception of the field in the late 1900s. I then work to present a constructive role for philosophy inspired by, yet critical of, the “post-qualitiative” turn in educational research advocated by Elizabeth Adams St. Pierre, where philosophy (and history) of education becomes a “pre-qualitative” form of educational research. I end by suggesting that the Deweyan Era of the academic field of education within the University may need to end, bringing with it a realignment of the predominance of the social sciences as the modus operandi of educational research.