Practice Theory Perspectives on Pedagogy and Education

Praxis, Diversity and Contestation

  • Peter Grootenboer
  • Christine Edwards-Groves
  • Sarojni Choy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Peter Grootenboer, Christine Edwards-Groves, Sarojni Choy
    Pages 1-21
  3. Theodore Schatzki
    Pages 23-43
  4. Stephen Kemmis, Christine Edwards-Groves, Annemaree Lloyd, Peter Grootenboer, Ian Hardy, Jane Wilkinson
    Pages 45-65
  5. Stephen Kemmis, Kathleen Mahon
    Pages 107-141
  6. Levon Ellen Blue, Peter Grootenboer
    Pages 175-189
  7. Nicole Mockler, Susan Groundwater-Smith
    Pages 215-230
  8. Jane Wilkinson
    Pages 231-241
  9. Peter Grootenboer, Karin Rönnerman, Christine Edwards-Groves
    Pages 243-263
  10. Sarojni Choy, Christine Edwards-Groves, Peter Grootenboer
    Pages 265-280
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 281-284

About this book


This book examines the way in which the “practice turn” in education and pedagogy offers unique perspectives on the nature of educational work. Through a plurality of “practice theories” deeper understandings emerge about a range of education and concepts, providing useful tools for advancing and developing practice theory in education and pedagogy. The book discusses the related and dual perspectives of pedagogy as both a teaching and an upbringing practice. It also explores education in a range of contexts and sectors beyond school, including VET, tertiary and non-formal settings. Education is seen as serving a dual purpose – the development of individuals and the betterment of societies and community, and this conceptualisation of education underpins the book. It acknowledges that there are diverse understandings and perspectives of practice theory, pedagogy and education, each of which is contestable and ripe for further development, and this is examined throughout the book.

This book was developed alongside an invited symposium held in June 2015 in Brisbane, Australia where the authors and interested others gathered to discuss practice theory perspectives on pedagogy and education. The title – Practice Theory Perspectives on Pedagogy and Education – captures the central overarching focus that underpins the book.


Diversity and contestation Diversity in education Diversity in practice theory Education policy Indigenous education Mentoring in education Pedagogy and practice Practice architectures in education Practice theory in education Professional learning Teacher education Teaching Research Teaching and knowledge production Vocational Education and Training practice turn

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Grootenboer
    • 1
  • Christine Edwards-Groves
    • 2
  • Sarojni Choy
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Education and ProfessionalGriffith University School of Education and ProfessionalGold CoastAustralia
  2. 2.Charles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia
  3. 3.Griffith UniversityMt GravattAustralia

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