Senior lecturer, Deakin University

I have been a high school teacher for a number of years before working full-time in academia since 2002. My specialist areas are philosophy and theory of education, curriculum theory, spirituality, values, reflective practice and pre-service teaching, which are the main areas in which I publish academic articles. Some of my recent publications include:
Webster, R. S. & Ryan, A. (2018 forthcoming) 'Understanding Curriculum: The Australian Context'. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
Webster, R. S. & Whelen, J. (eds) (2018 forthcoming) 'Rethinking Reflection and Ethics for Teachers'. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
Quay, J.,Bleazby, J., Stolz, S., Toscano, M. & Webster, R. S. (eds) (2018) 'Theory and Philosophy in Education Research: Methodological Dialogues'. Melbourne: Routledge.
Webster, R. S. & Pring, R. (2018 forthcoming) ‘Richard Pring on making research educational research’ in Quay, J.,Bleazby, J., Stolz, S., Toscano, M. & Webster, R. S. (eds) Theory and Philosophy in Education Research: Methodological Dialogues. Melbourne: Routledge.
Webster, R. S. (2017) ‘Education or Quality of Teaching? Implications for Australian Democracy’ in Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42(9), 59-76.
Webster, R. S. (2017) ‘Valuing and desiring purposes of education to transcend miseducative measurement practices. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49(4), 331-346.
Webster, R. S. (2017) ‘Making the unbearable, bearable, through existential spirituality’ in Pascal, A-M. (ed.) Multiculturalism and the Convergence of Faith and Practical Wisdom in Modern Society. London: IGI Global, 81-98.
Webster, R. S. (2016) The existential individual alone within Freire’s socio-political solidarity, in Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer.
Webster, R. S. (2015) Being Trustworthy: Going beyond Evidence to Desiring, in Educational Philosophy and Theory.
Webster, R. S. (2015) In defence of the lecture, Australian Journal of Teacher Education 40 (10).
Webster, R. S. & Wolfe, M. (2013). ‘Incorporating the Aesthetic Dimension into Pedagogy- enhancing engagement and exploration in teacher and student learning’. Australian Journal of Teacher Education 38(10) Article 2.
Webster, R. S. (2013). ‘Improving the value of the national curriculum through ethics and the religious’. Curriculum Perspectives, 33(1), 31-41.
Webster, R. S. (2010). ‘Does the Australian National Framework for values education stifle an education for world peace?’ Educational Philosophy and Theory, 42(4), 462-475. Special edition in values education .
Webster, R. S. (2009). ‘How evidence-based teaching practices are challenged by a Deweyan approach to education’ Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 37(2), 215-227.


  • 2011–present
    Dr R. Scott Webster, Deakin University
  • 2002–2010
    Dr R. Scott Webster, Monash University