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Associate Professor John Clark BEd Waik., MA Lond., PhD Massey

Associate Professor

Institute of Education

I am an Associate Professor and a philosopher of education in the Institute of Education. I graduated with a BEd from the University of Waikato and then taught for several years. Later, I studied at the University of London Institute of Education where I graduated with a Diploma and an MA in philosophy of education. My first academic appointment was as a junior lecturer in Education at Massey where I subsequently graduated with a PhD in education. In 2004 I was a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge. I publish in international and national journals and books and regularly presents papers at the annual conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.

Roles and Responsibilities

Co-ordinator of:

BA Education

BA(Hons) Eduction

MA Education

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Contact details

  • Location: CV 2.04, Collinson Village
    Campus: Turitea


  • PhD - Massey University (1996)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research programme focuses on the very new field of Philosophy, Neuroscience and Education with a particular emphasis on three inter-related topics:

  • Neurophilosophy - how neuroscience might revise our philosophical understanding of learning;
  • Philosophy of neuroscience - how philosophy might revise our neuroscience account of learning;
  • Learning - how advances in neurophilosophy and the philosophy of neuroscience can help to explain the inequalities in school achievement by reference to both constitutive (brain processes) and etiological (external proximal and distal causal) mechanisms.



21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Education (130000)


My area of expertise covers the following:

Teaching: philosophy of education

Research: causes of and solutions to inequality in school achievement

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 1
CoSupervisor 0 3


I teach at all levels from first years courses through to supervising doctoral students.

Undergraduate: broad introduction to philosophy of education

Postgraduate: causes of and solutions to inequality in school achievement

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2013 - Alan Greville Rowland Male - Doctor of Education
    An Education System characterised by Equality: A Critical Evaluation of Educational Change in Samoa 1995/2005

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2015 - Perry David Bayer - Doctor of Education
    A case study of contentious education policy: The origins and operations of bulk funding of teachers salaries in New Zealand :1815-2015
  • 2010 - Leo Ernest Roache - Doctor of Education
    Why Parents chose to and how they practice homeschooling in New Zealand
  • 2009 - Rowena Margaret Taylor - Doctor of Education
    Teachers' Conflicting Responses to Change: An Evaluation of the Implementation of Senior Social Studies for the NCEA, 2002-2006

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