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Department of Education

Luke Saville

OUCEA Student

Teachers’ metaphysical beliefs about truth

My research investigates teachers’ metaphysical beliefs about truth; a matter that has largely been neglected in previous research, which has tended to focus on epistemology. That is to say that, in addition to normative beliefs about the justificatory grounds for truth, teachers will also hold metatheoretic beliefs about the nature of truth in their relative subject disciplines. This research will cast light on the conceptualisations of subjects, and on the relationship between metaphysical beliefs and teachers’ self-perceptions regarding their professional responsibilities.

I have a philosophical background (BA Cantab) and have worked as a teacher of religious education. I have worked as a research assistant for a project, seed-funded by the John Fell Foundation, which investigated the forms of expertise drawn upon in the educational policy decision-making process of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have also worked as an assistant for a project funded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, which developed and piloted a survey designed to measure stakeholders’ trust in examinations

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