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Prof Judith Suissa
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Philosophy of Education
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

I came into Philosophy of Education after doing a BA and MA in Philosophy.  My PhD was a philosophical exploration of the tradition of anarchist education. I believe that philosophical ideas are at the heart of all central questions about education, and that our thinking about these questions can be enriched by considering the political perspectives offered by anarchist theory and other radical traditions.     

Personal country knowledge
  • I worked in higher education, teacher training, educational policy and politics in Israel for several years.

Languages spoken/written
  • Hebrew (advanced), French (basic)

Research Summary

I am interested in the intersection between political ideas and educational practice. I am particularly concerned to challenge the narrow focus on state schooling characteristic of so much educational philosophy, theory and research, and to explore the underlying political and moral assumptions of pedagogical relationships outside the arena of institutional forms of education. These include parent-child relationships, educational experiments that challenge the state system, and informal education. My research draws on political and moral philosophy, with a particular focus on anarchist theory, questions of social justice, the control of education, utopian theory, social change, and the role of the state. 


Teaching Summary

Programme Leader: MA Philosophy of Education.

Modules taught:

Philosophy of Education, Values, Aims and Society (MA Philosophy of Education) 

Radical Education (BA Education Studies)

Philosophical Research (BA Education Studies)

Ways of Thinking and Ways of Being (BA Education Studies)

Conceptual and Theoretical Inquiry (MPhil/PhD Research Training Programme)

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