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Megan Laverty

Professional Background

Educational Background

Megan Laverty received her Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.  She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of New South Wales.  She taught in the Philosophy Department at the University of Melbourne before taking up the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University (MSU) in 2000.  Megan Laverty came to Teachers College in 2005.

Scholarly Interests

As a philosopher of education my research is in the area of moral philosophy with a focus on language, communication, civility and dialogue.  Within this field of study, I focus on the following philosophers: contemporary neo-Wittgensteinians that include Iris Murdoch, Stephen Mulhall and Cora Diamond; Aristotle; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant; the English and German Romantics from the 18th Century; and John Dewey from the 20th Century.

Selected Publications

Review of Justin Broackes, Iris Murdoch, Philosopher: A Collection of Essays, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2012.08. 32; http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/32649-iris-murdoch-philosopher-a-collection-of-essays/
 

Communication and Civility. Civility in Politics and Education.  Deborah S. Mower and Wade L. Robison (eds.) (New York and London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 65-79.

Quotidian Sublimity. Teaching with Reverence: Reviving an Ancient Virtue for Today's Schools.  Jim Garrison and A.G. Rud (eds.) (New York: Palgrave, 2012), pp. 137-151.

Can You Hear Me Now? Jean-Jacques Rousseau on Listening Education. Educational Theory (2011), Vol 61. No. 2, pp. 155-169.

Learning our Concepts. Journal of Philosophy of Education (2009) Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 27-40.  The article was reprinted in Reading R.S. Peters Today: Analysis, Ethics, and the Aims of Education.  Stefan E. Cuypers and Christopher Martin (eds.), Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2011), pp. 24-37.

Review of Gert Biesta's Beyond Learning: Democratic Education for a Human Future in Studies in Philosophy and Education, (2009) Vol. 28, No. 6: p. 569.

Iris Murdoch's Ethics: A Consideration of her Romantic Vision (New York and London:
Continuum Press, 2007).

honors and awards

Megan Laverty is a Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC).  She has held visiting appointments at the Australian Catholic University in Australia, Gyeongsang National University in South Korea, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education in Hong Kong.

A&HF 4090: Philosophies of education

An introduction to seminal texts, central questions, and rival traditions in philosophy of education. An invitation to develop one's own philosophy of education.

A&HF 4194: Dialogue and difference in the multicultural classroom

Philosophical exploration of the pedagogical, psychological, social, and political issues surrounding the recognition and misrecognition of difference. Consideration of theories of dialogue from Plato to Freire.

A&HF 4900: Independent study in philosophy and education

Permission of instructor required.

A&HF 5090: The philosophy of John Dewey

For all doctoral students; masters students by permission of instructor. An analysis of the principal works of John Dewey.

A&HF 5596: Topics in educational ethics and moral philosophy

For doctoral students, especially in Philosophy and Education; master's students by permission of instructor. Topics vary but may include any of the following: the moral sources of educational aims, the nature of ideals, the ethics of teaching, moral education, and meta-ethics.

A&HF 5600: Colloquium in philosophy and education

For majors only. A series of formal presentations and discussions with scholars in the field of Philosophy and Education. Offered every fall and spring semester. Special fee: $55.

A&HF 6000: Doctoral proseminar: Ancient philosophy and education

Permission of instructor required. For 1st and 2nd year doctoral students in Philosophy and Education. Close reading and discussion of primary texts in ancient philosophy that have shaped the field of philosophy of education. Complements A&HF 6100.

A&HF 6100: Doctoral proseminar: Modern philosophy and education

Permission of instructor required. For 1st and 2nd year doctoral students in Philosophy and Education. Close reading and discussion of primary texts in modern philosophy that have shaped the field of philosophy of education. Complements A&HF 6000.

A&HF 6500: Dissertation proposal workshop in philosophy and education

Permission of instructor required. Prerequisites: A&HF 6000 and A&HF 6100. An ongoing writing workshop required of all doctoral students after completion of the Proseminar sequence and until defense of the proposal. Students develop research interests, hone philosophical skills, and draft dissertation proposals. Offered every fall and spring semester.

A&HF 6900: Advanced research in philosophy and education

Permission of instructor required. For doctoral students in Philosophy and Education only.

A&HF 7500: Dissertation seminar in philosophy and education

Permission of instructor required. Required of doctoral students in the semester following successful completion of the doctoral certification process or in the semester in which the student defends the dissertation proposal, whichever comes first.

A&HF 8900: Dissertation advisement in philosophy and education

Permission of instructor required. Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term.

Centers and Projects

Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership
Website: http://www.klingenstein.org

Full-year and Two-Summer master’s  programs and funded fellowships in leadership development for independent school educators. Programs serve early career teachers, mid-career administrators and heads of schools from a broad range of schools around the world.  All Klingenstein Center programs focus on instructional leadership, collaboration and teamwork, a commitment to social justice and diversity, and reflective practice.

Megan Laverty appeared in the following articles:

Mr. Rock Goes to China (11/17/2010)

Mr. Rock Goes to China (10/26/2010)

Experiencing the Work of Maxine Greene (6/17/2009)

The Book on Maxine Greene (3/9/2009)

Vive Le Difference? (4/26/2007)

New Faces (9/7/2005)