The Transformative Potential of Higher Education: Engaging with Educational Philosophy to Labour for Justice and Freedom

  • Leonie Rowan


University education can play a vital role in perpetuating or transforming wider patterns of justice or inequality. Capitalising on this transformative potential requires an understanding of the factors that influence academic decision-making, and purposeful engagement with the kinds of philosophical resources that can underpin a genuine desire to labour for change. This chapter outlines an educational philosophy fundamentally motivated by a desire to create university contexts in which diverse learners feel themselves to be included, valued, and safe.


Higher education pedagogy Social justice Student satisfaction Relationship-centred education Educational philosophy Freedom Academic work Academic labour Educational transformation Education as the practice of freedom Educational access Benefits of education Academic decision making University contexts Performativity Quality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Professional StudiesGriffith UniversityGold CoastAustralia

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