Department of Education

Dr Graham Nutbrown

Teaching Fellow in Education with a special interest in philosophy of education and epistemology.

Teaching Fellow (part-time) BA, MA, PhD, Dip. Soc. Admin., PGCE

1 West North 3.9

  • Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
  • Society for Educational Studies
  • British Education Research Association


I teach various units on the BA (Hons) Education with Psychology programme. I also teach units on the MA Education (part-time) programme and supervise dissertations.

Previously I have been Head of the English Faculty at a comprehensive school, also teaching Media Studies, Philosophy and Critical Thinking. I have published several secondary English course books and anthologies.

I studied for my PhD in Philosophy of Education at the UCL Institute of Education, and worked there part-time as a tutor on the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme. My PhD thesis was entitled: Trusting teachers within reason: education and the epistemology of testimony.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Epistemology, including epistemic justice
  • Curriculum theory
  • Dialogic pedagogy 

Current projects

  • The educational implications of William Hazlitt’s Essay on the Principles of Human Action
  • A review of recent approaches to rhetoric and argumentation
  • The idea of wise judgement in choosing when (and when not) to believe what we are told