The Stirling Institute of Education
Professor Gert Biesta
Professor of Education &
Director of Postgraduate Research
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
Telephone: +44 (0) 1786 466136
Jane Gaskell (Dean of OISE)
th October firstname.lastname@example.orgBrian Corman (Dean of Graduate Studies)
Edith Hillan (Vice Provost of Academic Affairs)
email@example.comCheryl Regehr (Vice-Provost, AcademicPrograms)
External Reviewers of OISE Dean
I have received information about an impending decision to close the History and Philosophy of Education Programme at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. As someone who has been working in the field of educational theory and philosophy at an international level for a long time, and also from my perspective as editor-in-chief of the international journal and Philosophy of Education Programme at OISE very highly. There is not only a long track record of high quality research and scholarship – and based on this the group at OISE occupies a very important place in the field internationally – but there is also a very vibrant community of scholars, researchers and doctoral students of the highest quality who are continuing to make very important and significant contributions to the field. I would therefore like to express my concerns about any intention to close this programme. It is difficult to see the justification for such a decision.
Moreover, an institution with the reputation of OISE should, as a matter of principle, make sure that the study of education is conducted on the basis of contributions from the whole range of relevant disciplines, including history and philosophy.
Professor Gert Biesta, PhD
Professor of Education and Director of Postgraduate Research