Professor Gert Biesta

Professor of Educational Theory and Pedagogy


Gert Biesta is Professor of Educational Theory and Pedagogy (part-time). He joined the Moray House School of Education and Sport in August 2019. He is also Professor of Public Education (part-time) at the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy at Maynooth University, Ireland. His research focuses on the theory of education and the theory and philosophy of educational and social research, with a keen interest in national and global education policy, curriculum, teaching and teacher education, democracy and citizenship education, religious education and education and the arts. He has published widely on these topics in articles, chapters and books. So far his work has appeared in 20 different languages. From 2015 - 2018 he was an associate member of the Educational Council of the Netherlands, the advisory body of the Dutch government and parliament. Since 2023 he is a full member of the Education Council. From September 2020 until December 2022 he was a member of the Scientific Curriculum Committee in the Netherlands, which is tasked with advising the Secretary of State for Education about the redevelopment of the curriculum for primary and secondary schools. He is co-editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, and associate editor of Educational Theory.

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