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Michael Peters

Michael A Peters is Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Professor at RMIT. He is the editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory (Blackwell) and Policy Futures in Education and E-Learning. Recent books include: Showing and Doing: Wittgenstein as a Pedagogical Philosopher (Paradigm, 2008) with Nick Burbules and Paul Smeyers; Global Knowledge Cultures (Sense, 2008) with Cushla Kapitzke; Subjectivity and Truth: Foucault, Education and the Culture of Self (Peter Lang, 2007), Why Foucault? New Directions in Educational Research (Peter Lang, 2007), Building Knowledge Cultures: Educational and Development in the Age of Knowledge Capitalism (Rowman & amp; Littlefield, 2006), all with Tina (A.C.) Besley.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1984
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Auckland, 1979
  • B.S., Philosophy of Science, Canterbury University, 1976
  • B.A., Geography, Victoria University of Wellington, 1970

Key Professional Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, School of Foriegn Studies, Guangzhou University, 2010-present
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Fine Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2008-present
  • Professor, Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005-present
  • Professor, Educational Studies, University of Glasgow, 2004-2005
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Education, University of Auckland, 2003-2005
  • Adjunct Professor, Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology, 2000-2005
  • Research Professor, Educational Studies, University of Glasgow, 2000-2003
  • Professor, School of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2000-2003

Activities & Honors

  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 2010., , 2010-present
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities, 2007., , 2009-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Fast Capitalism, 2006-present
  • consulting editor, Canadian Journal of Education, 2006-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Sozialwissenschaftliche Literatur Rundschau, 2006-present
  • Publication series editor, Studies in Education, Philosophy and Culture Series, 2006-present
  • member of international advisory board, Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 2006-present
  • Publications series editor, Key Critical Thinkers in Educational Thought, 2006-present
  • Publications series editor, Research and Knowledge Futures, 2006-present
  • Publication series editor, Educational Philosophy and Theory Special Issues Book Series, 2005-present
  • Publication series editor, Interventions: Education, Philosophy and Culture, 2005-present
  • Publications series editor, Contexts of Education - A Series of Handbooks, 2005-present
  • Publications series editor, Educational Futures - Rethinking Theory and Practice, 2005-present
  • Publications series editor, Educational Politics and Policy, 2005-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 2005-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Globalization and Health, 2005-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Ideas and Dialogue, 2004-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Contemporary Pragmatism, 2004-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Fast Capitalism, 2004-present
  • Consulting editor, Kwartalnik Pedagogiczny, 2004-present
  • Co-Editor, Symposium Publications, E-Learning, 2004-present
  • Fellow and member of advisory committee, Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), 2004-present
  • Publications series editor, New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies, 2004-present
  • Editor, Policy Futures in Education, 2003-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Geschaftsstelle des Jahrbuch für Bildungs- und Erziehungsphilosophie, 2001-present
  • consulting editor, Access, 2001-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Série Fontes, 2001-present
  • Member of Executive, PESA, 1998-present
  • Editor, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1998-present
  • Distinguished Senior Scholar, College of Education, 2008-2009
  • Macmillan Brown Lecture series, University of Canterbury, 2001

Research Statement

My main research interests are in education and philosophy, social theory and policy studies with a focus on the significance of both contemporary philosophers (Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Heidegger) and the movements of poststructralism, critical theory and analytic philosophy to the framing of educational theory and practice. I am also interested in philosophical and political economy approaches to questions of knowledge production, consumption and constructions of the 'knowledge economy', with an emphasis on social media, p2p, and openness in education and science. My major current projects include work on distributed knowledge systems, creative and open knowledge, learning and publishing systems, and 'open education'.

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