Dr Derek Sankey
CertEd(Lond), BD(Hon)(Lond), MA(Kent), PhD(Lond)
Phone: +61 2 9518 7386
Fax: +61 2 9351 5027
Learning sciences; psychology of education
- Developmental psychology
Research on teaching and learning
- Teacher education and professional learning
Dynamic Systems Theory, philosophy of science, human development, mind and brain, learning and teaching, school-based teacher education
Over the past 10 years, Derek Sankey's research and teaching has progressively focused on the application of Dynamic Systems (complexity) Theory to the notion of the human self and its education. He combines a career-long commitment to improving teacher education with a lifelong interest in the interface between the natural sciences and the humanities. In the UK he was a pioneer of school-based teacher education. His academic background is in philosophy of science, with a particular focus on cosmology and the science of mind and brain. He gained his PhD at London University, Institute of Education, where he was employed from 1986-1995. Previously he had directed a project for the Farmington Institute, Oxford on the teaching of science and the humanities. He worked at the Hong Kong Institute of Education from 1995-2006, establishing a centre for learning studies, and then at Seoul National University, before moving to Australia in 2010. He is an active contributer to the Centre for the Study of Human and Moral Development in Education
Professional and community roles
Member, Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)
Consulting editor, Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Educational Philosophy And Theory
Former Deputy Chairman, Asia-Pacific Network for Moral Education (APNME)
Member of the Organising Committee of the JME/AME/APNME Joint Conference in 2011
International Advisory Committee Member, Department of Science Education, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Member, International Mind, Brain, and Education Society (IMBES)
- Sankey, D. (2012). Science and Christian Faith: Meeting the Challenges ahead. Sydney, Australia: St Laurence Tract.
- Sankey, D., Ma, P. & Tam, P. (2005). Developing Lesson Conferencing Skills: A Handbook for Mentoring, Peer Review and Learning Study . Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Education.
- Sankey, D., & Wilkin, M. (1994). Collaboration and Transition in Initial Teacher Training. London: Kogan Page.
- Sankey, D., Sullivan, D.,& Watson, B. (1987). At Home on Planet Earth. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
- Sankey, D. (2014). Being and belonging: Feeling at home on planet Earth. In Xiao-lei Wang & Ronan Bernas (Ed.), People without borders: Becoming members of global communities (pp. 59–76), Niagara Falls: Untested Ideas Research Centre.
- Sankey, D. & Kim, M. (2013). A Dynamic Systems Approach to Moral and Spiritual Development. In Lovat, T. & Arthur, J. (Ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Education, Religion and Values .
- Sankey, D. (2008). Education and the Philosophy of Mind and Brain. In Tan, C. (Ed.), Philosophical Reflections for Educators (1st ed., pp. 133–142), Singapore: Cengage Learning.
- Townsend, G., Kim, M., Sankey, D. (2011). Dynamic Systems (Complexity) theory as a new conceptual model for researching PBL in dental education. European Journal of Dental Education, 15, 1–9. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0579.2011.00718.x
- Sankey, D. (2011). Future horizons: moral learning and the socially embedded synaptic self. Journal of Moral Education, 40(3), 417–425. DOI:10.1080/03057240.2011.596346
- Kim, M., & Sankey, D. (2010). The Dynamics of Emergent Self-Organisation: Reconceptualising Child Development in Teacher Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 35(4), 79–98.
- Sankey, D. (2010). The Ethic of Forgetfulness. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 42(2), 149–151. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2010.00649.x
- Kim, M., & Sankey, D. (2009). Towards a Dynamic Systems Approach to moral development and moral education: a response to the JME Special Issue, September 2008. Journal of Moral Education, 38(3), 283–298. DOI:10.1080/03057240903101499
- Sankey, D. (2008). Education Policy, Research and Neuroscience: The final solution?. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 33(3), 31–43.
- Sankey, D. (2007). Minds, Brains and Difference in Personal Understanding. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 39(5), 543–558. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2007.00248.x
- Sankey, D. (2006). The Neuronal, Synaptic Self: Having Values and Making Choices. Journal of Moral Education, 35(2), 27–42. DOI:10.1080/03057240600681702
- Sankey, D. (2004). The hermeneutics of teaching and lesson conferencing. Journal of Basic Education, 13(2), 62–78.
- Sankey, D. (1996). Beyond the ideology of school-based teacher training. Journal of Primary Education, 6(1), 67–77.
- Sankey, D. (1988). CRITICAL REALISM IN SCIENCE AND RELIGION. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 9(1), 19–21.
- Sankey, D. (2011). It's Not Me, It's My Brain: Cultivating Moral Learning in an Age of Neuroscience (Invited plenary speech). In International Conference on Moral Education: Cultivating Morality. Nanjing, China, 24-28 October 2011.
- Sankey, D. (2010). The emergent neurobiological self: Avoiding the pitfalls of dualism and materialism in philosophy for children classes in primary school. In Philosophy and Schools . Perth, WA, 2-5 December 2010 .
- Sankey, D. (1999). Classrooms as Safe Places To Be Wrong. In The 5th UNESCO-ACEID International Conference. Bangkok, Thailand, 13-16 December 1999 .