PoE Conference – Jan 2017

Philosophy of Education Conference 2017

The three day conference on Philosophy of Education was organized by Azim Premji University from January 9 -11 2017. The conference on the theme how to understand ‘Theory’ in education, particularly in relation to our efforts to better educational ‘practices’, brought together several national and international scholars and practitioners. The conference is part of the University’s sustained efforts to contribute to the philosophical discourse on education in India.

A number of doctoral students presented their work on the theory-practice theme. Many students, teacher and educationist practitioners participated in the discussions throughout the three days.

Addressing the conferenceAnurag Behar, Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University emphasized that “discussion that takes place among philosophers must reach wider audience and that there is a need to employ more accessible idiom in order to informed public discussion. He added that philosophers must go to streets.”

Some of the eminent Philosophers of education, David Carr (University of Birmingham), Joseph Dunne (Dublin City University) and Rohit Dhankar (Azim Premji University) underlined the very necessity of the right characterization of the nature and purpose of practice of education.

There was also a rich discussion on the concept of University and Theory by thinkers like Heinz-Dieter Meyer (State University of New York) and Krassimir Stojanov (Universitat Eichstatt-Ingolstadt, Germany). Papers related to issues of learning and teaching which are central to educational theory and practice were presented by Indrani Bhattacharjee and Prakash Iyer of Azim Premji University, while that of science education by Prajit Basu (University of Hyderabad) and Arthur Eisenkraft (University of Massachusetts).

The 3 day conference provided a forum for deliberations and dialogue on Theory in Education and on discussion of the place and values of various forms of theories in particular in teacher education programs in India.