Dr Steven

Dr Steven Stolz

MACE

Senior Lecturer in Education

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Department of Education

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BEd, GradDipTh, MA, PhD

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA); Australian College of Educators (ACE); Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE); American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP).

Area of study

Educational Studies
Philosophy
Secondary teaching

Brief profile

Steven Stolz, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Education at La Trobe University, Australia. Before he became an academic, he taught for 10 years as a secondary school teacher in the following curriculum areas: mathematics, science, religious education, health and physical education. He also has a background in analytical and continental traditions of philosophy which has led to a diverse array of research interests that range from: philosophy of action, moral philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology, and phenomenology. At the moment, his primary area of scholarship is concerned with educational philosophy and theory, but he also has a particular interest in the areas of embodied cognition, narrative enquiry, and learning theories in psychology. His scholarship is best described as being located at the intersection between education and philosophy, particularly how theory informs practice, and/or how practice informs theory.

Academic awards and distinctions

  • 2011 - PESA doctoral scholarship
  • 2013 - Faculty of Education, La Trobe University Emerging Researcher of the Year Award
  • 2014 to 2017 - Various invitations to be a visiting scholar at Universities in the UK and US
  • 2015 - ACHPER Early Career Researcher Award
  • 2016 to present - AARE Convenor of the "Educational Theory and Philosophy" SIG

Supervision

Dr Stolz supervises PhD and EdD higher degree research (HDR) students in the following areas:

  • philosophy;
  • educational philosophy and theory; &,
  • educational studies on a range of topics.

Research interests

Teaching and learning

- Educational philosophy and theory, narrative enquiry, pedagogy, curriculum and educational studies

Teaching units

Undergraduate & postgraduate subjects

Consulting

Educational philosophy and theory, pedagogy, curriculum, philosophy, applied ethics, moral, values and character education

Recent publications

An extended list of Dr Stolz's publications can be sourced from the following locations:

  • ORCID
  • Google Scholar
  • Academia
  • ResearchGate

The following are a selection of recent publications:

Forthcoming publications of note

Stolz, S. (forthcoming). MacIntyre, Rationality, and Education: Against Education of Our Age.

Stolz, S., & Biesta, G. (forthcoming). Gert Biesta on thinking philosophically about education; thinking educationally about philosophy in education and educational research: In dialogue with Steven Stolz. In J. Quay, J. Bleazby, S. Stolz, M. Toscano & S. Webster (Eds.), Theory and Philosophy in Educational Research: Methodological Dialogues. London & New York: Routledge.

Stolz, S., & Peters, M. (forthcoming). Michael Peters on science, genealogy and openness in educational research: In dialogue with Steven Stolz. In J. Quay, J. Bleazby, S. Stolz, M. Toscano & S. Webster (Eds.), Theory and Philosophy in Educational Research: Methodological Dialogues. London & New York: Routledge.

Quay, J., Bleazby, J., Stolz, S., Toscano, M., & Webster, S. (forthcoming). Locating theory in research: Opening a conversation. In J. Quay, J. Bleazby, S. Stolz, M. Toscano & S. Webster (Eds.), Theory and Philosophy in Educational Research: Important Methodological Dialogues. London & New York: Routledge.

2017

Stolz, S. (2017). Nietzsche on aesthetics, educators and education. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 36(6), 683-695.

Stolz, S. (2017). MacIntyre, managerialism and universities. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49(1), 38-46.

Stolz, S. (2017). Can educationally significant learning be assessed?. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49(4), 379-390.

Stolz, S. (2017). MacIntyre, rationality and universities. In J. Ozolins (Ed.), Civil Society, Education and Human Formation: Philosophy’s Role in a Renewed Understanding of the Meaning of Education (pp. 104-121). New York & London: Routledge.

Stolz, S. (2017). Past, present, and possible futures. In M. Thorburn (Ed.), Transformative Learning and Teaching in Physical Education (pp. 195-212). London & New York: Routledge.

Stolz, S., & Ozolins, J. (2017). A narrative approach exploring philosophy in education and educational research. Educational Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03055698.2017.1388215.

Stolz, S., & Thorburn, M. (2017). Aims and values in physical education: Can rival traditions of physical education ever be resolved?. In M. Thorburn (Ed.), Transformative Learning and Teaching in Physical Education (pp. 26-41). London & New York: Routledge.

2016

Stolz, S. (2016). MacIntyre, rival traditions and education. Discourse: Studies in the cultural politics of education, 37(3), 358-368.

2015

Stolz, S. (2015). Embodied Learning. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(5), 474-487.

2014

Stolz, S. (2014). The Philosophy of Physical Education: A New Perspective. London, UK & New York, NY: Routledge.

Editorship

Quay, J., Bleazby, J., Stolz, S., Toscano, M., & Webster, S. (Eds.). (forthcoming). Theory and Philosophy in Educational Research: Methodological Dialogues. London & New York: Routledge.

Stolz, S. (Ed.) (forthcoming). Philosophy of Sport. Encyclopaedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory.

Stolz, S., & Webster, S. (Eds.). (2017). Measuring Up in Education [Special issue]. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49(4).

Stolz, S., & Ozolins, J. (Eds.). (2013). Reconceptualising physical education [Special issue]. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 45(9).

Webster, S., & Stolz, S. (Eds.). (2013). Measuring up in Education: Proceedings of the 43rd Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference, Melbourne, December 6–9, 2013.

Professional Activities/Roles

Academic disciplines

Details of current involvement with academic disciplines:

(1) Active member of Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA);

(2) Convenor of Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) special interest group titled, “Educational theory and philosophy”;

(3) Active member and La Trobe University representative on the cross-institutional educational philosophy and theory research group comprising of members from Monash University, Melbourne University and Deakin University; and,

(4) Member of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP).

Professional associations

Details of current involvement with professional associations:

(1) Member of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER); and,

(2) Member of the Australian College of Educators (ACE).

Reviewer for academic journals

I have reviewed for and/or currently review for the following academic and scholarly journals. These are follows:

  • Educational Philosophy and Theory;
  • Studies in Philosophy and Education;
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education;
  • European Physical Education Review;
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Health Sport and Physical Education;
  • Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health;
  • Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy; and,
  • Journal of Educational Administration and History.  

Conference organising committees

Details of conference organising committees:

(1) AARE and MGSE co-sponsored conference titled, "Using philosophies in the theoretical framing of educational research" in May 2015;

(2) The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia 45th International Conference titled, "Re-engaging with politics: Re-imaging the university" in December 2015; and,

(3) The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia 43rd International Conference titled, "Measuring Up in Education" in December 2013.

Research projects

• Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE)                          2014

Research Project Title: Using Philosophies in the Theoretical Framing of Educational Research: Australian trends and international directions

Chief Investigators: Dr John Quay (University of Melbourne) and Dr Steven Stolz (La Trobe University)

• Disciplinary Research Program (DRP): Remaking Education                    2015-present

Research Project Title: Why is professional development ineffective in improving teacher quality?

Chief Investigator: Dr Steven Stolz (La Trobe University)

• Building Healthy Communities (BHC): Research Focus Area                    2015-present

Research Project Title: Exploring teachers’ perceptions of pedagogical barriers to healthy school communities

Chief Investigator: Dr Steven Stolz (La Trobe University)