Webinar: John Dewey – the purpose of higher education?

Centre for Research on Problem-oriented Project Learning (RUC-PPL)

Higher education has been all but taken over by human capital thinking and ‘learnification’. In the face of this it is essential that we turn to the question of the purpose of education, also in an effort to reorient policy makers and practitioners. In a series of webinars we explore what various key thinkers have to say about the purpose of a university education. In this webinar, we consider the question in light of the work of the American philosopher and educationalist John Dewey.
Tuesday
29
September
Start:15:00
End:17:00

Higher education has been all but taken over by human capital thinking and ‘learnification’. In the face of this it is essential that we turn to the question of the purpose of education, also in an effort to reorient policy makers and practitioners. In a series of webinars we explore what various key thinkers have to say about the purpose of a university education. In this webinar, we consider the question in light of the work of the American philosopher and educationalist John Dewey. As is well known Dewey himself did not write extensively on higher education, however we invite two experts to start us considering how he might have answered our question. The speakers are:

Dr Aaron Stoller, Colorado College, US.
Stoller is an American philosopher and educational theorist whose work contributes to the field of critical university studies. His research centers on the scholarship of teaching and learning, the theory and practice of interdisciplinarity, and organizational change in higher education. He is the author of Knowing and Learning as Creative Action (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) and editor, with Eli Kramer, of Contemporary Philosophical Proposals for the University (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018). He currently serves on the editorial boards of Learning Communities Research and Practice and Research In Education. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO, USA where he teaches in the philosophy and education departments, and serves as director of academic programs at Colorado College.

See for example Stoller, A. (2018). The Flipped Curriculum: Dewey’s Pragmatic University. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 37(5), 451-465. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11217-017-9592-1

Professor Bente Elkjær, Aarhus University, Denmark
Elkjær holds a chair (2002-) within learning theory with special focus upon learning in organizations and working life at the Department of Education, Aarhus University. She researches at the 'crossroads' between educational and organizational studies and she is engaged in how organizations and people 'produce' knowledge and how knowledge can be shared through the organizing of work and management as well as through learning. Elkjær’s main theoretical sources of inspiration are American pragmatism by way of the philosopher and educational thinker, John Dewey's works, which she is continuously struggling to understand.

See for example Elkjaer, B (2020) The learning organization from a pragmatist perspective, Elkjaer, B., & Nickelsen, N. C. M. (2019). Exploring Universities as 'Organisations That May Learn'. In B. Lund & S. Arndt (Eds.), The Creative University. Contemporary Responses to the Changing Role of the University (pp. 121-138). Brill. Sense.

Date & Time: September 29, 15-17 (Danish time/UTC + 2 CEST Central European Summer Time)

The webinar will take place via Zoom. Sign up by email to Signe Berri berri@ruc.dk . You will receive a link prior to the event.

We look forward to seeing you!

Eva Bendix Petersen

Centre for Research on Problem-oriented Project Learning (RUC-PPL)