Dr. Stephen Kemmis, Professor of Education at Charles Sturt University in Australia, will be presenting at EPE’s next Brown Bag. The talk, entitled “Theorizing Education as a Practice,” will be held at noon on Monday, October 17 in 109 Dickey Hall.
Kemmis will briefly introduce practice theory as offering a powerful way of understanding social phenomena. He will present the theory of practice architectures, which he has been developing with colleagues, as a variant of practice theory. (The theory of practice architectures has some affinities with the practice theory of the University of Kentucky’s professor of Philosophy and Geography Theodore Schatzki.) The subsidiary theory of ecologies of practices, which deals with how practices are sometimes interdependent, will also be introduced. Finally, Kemmis will suggest that these theories are compatible with a particular view of Education, with its double purpose of helping people to live well and fostering a world worth living in. From this perspective, education is an initiation not just into knowledge, but into practices.
To learn more about Dr. Kemmis and his work, you may visit his website at this link.