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Michael A. Peters

Editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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First, my thanks to Routledge for this opportunity to talk with others. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, have an enviable history of working with researchers to innovate in publishing. It was founded in the early part of the nineteenth century and specialises in book and journal publishing in the humanities and social sciences. It has also published some of the greatest thinkers in these fields. The Education Arena is a wonderful portal that provides many different spaces to navigate the world of educational research. It provides both global reach and social media experimentation.


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Additional information of interest

Research Professor, WMIER, University of Waikato

Links of interest

Communities involved in

  • Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)
  • American Education Research Association (AERA)
  • European Education Research Association (EERA)
  • Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE)
  • NZ Association of Research in Education (NZARE)

Read Michael A. Peters’ Expert Panel Picks, a selection of Philosophy of Education articles that he has authored and recommends for further reading. These articles are freely available to access online until 31st December, 2014.

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Publications of interest

Selected books

Peters, M.A. (2013) Education, Science and Knowledge Capitalism: Creativity and the Promise of Openness. New York, Peter Lang.

Peters & Besley (2013) (Eds.) The Creative University. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.

Besley, T. & Peters, M.A. (2013) Re-imagining the Creative University for the 21st Century. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.

Reid, A., Hart P. and Peters, M.A. (2013) A Companion to Research in Education. Springer.

Engels-Schwarzpaul, A.-Chr. & Peters, M.A. (2013) (Eds.) Of Other Thoughts: Non-Traditional Ways to the Doctorate. A Guidebook for Candidates and Supervisors. Rotterdam, Sense Publishers.

Peters, M.A., Besley, T. & Araya, D. (2013) (Eds.) The New Development Paradigm: Education, Knowledge Economy, and Digital Futures. New York, Peter Lang.

Peters, M.A. (2013) Citizenship, Human Rights and Identity: Prospects of a Liberal Cosmopolitan Order. New York, Addleton Academic Publishers.

Michael A Peters (2012) Education, Philosophy and Politics: Selected Works of Michael A. Peters, New York: Routledge

Michael A Peters (2011) Cognitive Capitalism, Education and Digital Labor, Peter Lang

Michael A Peters (2011) The Virtues of Openness: Education, Science and Scholarship in the Digital Age, Paradigm

Michael A Peters (2011) Neoliberalism and After? Education, Social Policy and the Crisis of Western Capitalism, Peter Lang

Michael A Peters (2011) The Last Book of Postmodernism: Apocalyptic Thinking, Philosophy and Education in the Twenty-first Century, Peter Lang


Michael’s top tips for researchers and authors in the field

  1. Focus on your interests – that which you feel passionate about – and learn to recognize when and with whom you feel good (energy).

  2. Learn to trust your intellectual intuitions – about topics, people, occasions.

  3. Work collaboratively with as many people who are different from you as possible. This is NOT networking but rather co(labor)ation that is the basis of the intellectual enterprise.

  4. Let your unconscious do the work: I tell my students “I do my best work while I’m asleep but still need to work on the recordings”. Dream in sentences.

  5. Try to understand the politics of the post-industrial university and its changing contours, especially its commercialization and neoliberal line management structures that put ‘managers’ in charge of knowledge production where academic should be.

  6. Become aware of the developments of new (and old) media that are part of the infrastructure for the material reproduction of ideas. Learn of the journals in your field; read the most cited articles; identify the editors and reviewers.

  7. Above all, experiment in all academic practices.


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