Dewey Studies SIG 56
Dewey Studies SIG 56
SIG Purpose

The purpose of the SIG is to foster the presence of inquiry in education related in letter and in spirit to the American philosopher, John Dewey. Such inquiry may be discipline based as in philosophy, history, or curriculum studies or interdisciplinary. Non-empirical scholarship is typical but empirical studies are also welcome.  

Message from the SIG Chair

Dear Dewey Studies SIG Colleagues:

The loss of professional and personal connections cultivated over the years through AERA makes looking forward to AERA 2022 that much more important. As the Chair of the Dewey Studies SIG I am reaching out to SIG members to encourage each of you renew your membership in SIG and to also work on behalf of the SIG to secure new members. As we prepare for the 2022 AERA conference to be held in San Diego, it is important for SIG members to focus on ensuring a strong program for the SIG. As many of you may know, the number of proposals submitted each year determines the number of sessions our SIG is allocated. With more proposals submitted we are able to advance the presence of our SIG at the annual AERA meeting and to ensure that a larger percentage of the SIG membership is accepted to present. We have been able to prepare great sessions in the past and looking forward to having another strong program in 2022.

The SIG is only as strong and viable as the membership and therefore I encourage you be active in the SIG on all levels---reviewing proposals, submitting proposals, attending SIG sessions, and providing support for SIG presenters. Equally important is attending the SIG business meeting and taking part in the activities hosted by the SIG.

The SIG exists, in large part, to continue the legacy of John Dewey, a legacy that we as SIG members are responsible for ensuring its continuance and realization in education and society. In these regards, please encourage graduate students and early career scholars to join the SIG and bring their perspectives into the SIG conversations. After all, the SIG, much the same as Dewey’s legacy, is only as strong and enduring as the SIG’s membership. I look forward to AERA 2021 and to collectively growing the Dewey Studies SIG membership, renewing and revitalizing our commitments.


Margaret Macintyre Latta, SIG Chair

Dewey Studies SIG

Professor and Director, Okanagan School of Education
The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus | Syilx Okanagan Nation Territory
3139 EME Building, 3333 University Way| Kelowna BC | V1V 1V7 Canada

Phone: 250 807 8119

Website: Margaret Macintyre Latta 

Who We Are

The SIG is a Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association established to facilitate the formation of research specialties of an intra- or cross-divisional nature and to increase the exchange of knowledge within research arenas of special interest, and for other purposes in keeping with achieving the mission and objectives of the Association. 

This Dewey Studies SIG first met in 2011, when The John Dewey Society, which had previously operated within the Association as a semi-autonomous entity, officially separated from AERA. The John Dewey Society now holds its annual national meeting at the same time as the annual AERA meeting in the same city.

Current Dewey Studies SIG Officers
SIG Chair - Margaret Macintyre Latta
SIG Past Chair - Patrick M. Jenlink
SIG Program Chair - Carol Rodgers
SIG Secretary/Treasurer - Chetanath Gautam
SIG Communication Officer - Bob Coulter 

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