Dr Joanna Haynes

Dr Joanna Haynes

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Education Studies

Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Joanna can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Child philosophers
  • Teaching controversial subjects
  • Philosophy in schools

Research Leadership
Together with Professor Jocey Quinn I coordinate the Posthumanism Reading Group and a programme of activities called Adventures in Posthumanism. 

MPhil/PhD/EdD Supervision

Director of Studies:

  • Gillen Motherway's Deweyan Enquiry on Philosophy with Children in Irish Educate Together Schools
  • Carrie Ansell's study on the relationships between Readers, Texts and Place
  • Kevin Walker's study of Active Citizenship (EdD)
  • Lan Fang Lui's comparative case study of philosophy with children in a UK and a Taiwanese primary school.
  • Nadeem Al Abdulla's study of informal education in Iraqi cultural centres in London.

EdD Programme

I've given presentations over the last five years on research ethics in doctoral study and on my own research projects in modules 'Communities, Cultures and Change' and in 'Social Research'.

BA Education Studies

I teach on Children's Literature: Childhood, Education and Philosophy module and the Philosophy into Practice module. I am a third year personal tutor and research project supervisor.


  • PhD University of Exeter
  • M.Ed University of Bristol
  • BA Hons Philosophy - University of Kent at Canterbury
  • PGCE Primary - Jordanhill College, Glasgow

Following undergraduate studies in Philosophy and a PGCE in primary teaching I began my work in education in 1976 working first as a classroom teacher in Glasgow and later as teacher of English as and Additional Language for Avon Education Authority. I was a Community Teacher at an inner city primary school and then took on the role of Advisory Teacher across East Bristol. I first became involved in initial teacher education and continuing professional development in the 1980s at Bristol University, University of West of England and Bath Spa University. I took up a full time post in teacher education in 1992 and transferred to Educational Studies in 1999. I joined Plymouth University in 2002. My role now involves research and academic leadership, postgraduate supervision and teaching.

I am an Associate of SAPERE (www.sapere.org.uk) and have worked independently as a consultant, giving presentations and leading courses on teaching critical thinking, philosophy with children and ethical dilemma training across all phases of education, including higher education, both in the UK and internationally.

Professional membership

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain  
  • Member of ICPIC (International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children)
  • Member of SAPERE (Society for Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry In Education)
  • Member of British Education Studies Association

Roles on external bodies

  • Member of Editorial Board: Childhood and Philosophy, Journal of International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children
  • Member of Editorial Board: Other Education: The Journal of Educational Alternatives
  • Member of Editorial Board: The Journal of Philosophy in Schools

Teaching interests

Philosophical practices in education; equality and justice; democratic education; community and intra-generational learning; posthumanism, education and childhood; children's literature; educational research, practitioner enquiry and professional development.

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner MA Theories of Childhood University of Cape Town. SA.

I have reviewed PhD proposals for University of Cape Town. I have examined doctoral theses at Plymouth University, Newcastle University, Exeter University, University of Wales, University of Queensland, Australia and University of Cape Town.

Research interests

My practical and theoretical research is in philosophy in education and professional practice; democratic, community and intra-generational learning. I have a longstanding interest in teaching and researching controversial subjects and am currently involved in a collaborative project that explores 'dangerous knowledge' in higher education. 

I am currently engaged in a PESGB funded project on teachers' perspectives on Philosophy for Children in a group of East London secondary and primary schools.

I am co-investigator on an international project Decolonising Early Childhood Discourses in Higher Education funded by the South African NRF. This project works with ideas in the fields of posthumanism and new materialism.

With colleagues Cath Gristy and Marie Lavelle at Plymouth University I am involved in a PEDRIO funded project 'A University for All Ages'. This project investigates how people on our campus experience age and the impact of age related bias.

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

París S & Haynes J 2020 'A Rethinking of Children at Stake. Musings por their Revaluation' Araucaria (43) 170-197 , DOI
Haynes J & Murris K 2019 'Taking Age Out of Play: Children’s Animistic Philosophising through a Picturebook' Oxford Literary Review , DOI Open access
Haynes J & Passy R 2017 'Racism, Prevent and education: insisting on an open space' Safer Communities , DOI Open access
Haynes JE & MacLeod-Johnstone E 2017 'Stepping through the daylight gate:compassionate spaces for learning in higher education' Pastoral Care in Education , DOI Open access
Haynes J & Murris K 2016 'Intra-generational education: Imagining a post-age pedagogy' Educational Philosophy and Theory 971-983 , DOI Open access
Seale J, Haynes J, Gibson S & Potter A 2014 'Power and resistance: Reflections on the rhetoric and reality of using participatory methods to promote student voice and engagement in higher education' Journal of Further and Higher Education 39, (4) 534-552 , DOI
Haynes J & Murris K 2013 'The realm of meaning: imagination, narrative and playfulness in philosophical exploration with young children' Early Child Development and Care N/a, , DOI
Haynes J & Murris K 2013 'Child as Educator: Introduction to the Special Issue' STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY AND EDUCATION 32, (3) 217-227 Author Site , DOI
Haynes J 2013 'Gifts of Time and Space: Co-educative Companionship in a Community Primary School' STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY AND EDUCATION 32, (3) 297-311 Author Site , DOI
Haynes JE 2013 'Gifts of Time and Space: Co-educative Companionship in a Community Primary School' Studies in Philosophy and Education 32, (1) , DOI
Parker-Rees R & Haynes J 2012 'Informal aspects of ‘becoming peer’ in undergraduate research: ‘still connected but going our separate ways’' Pastoral Care in Education 31, (1) 79-91 , DOI
Parker-Rees R & Haynes J 2012 'Informal aspects of ‘becoming peer’ in undergraduate research: ‘still connected but going our separate ways’' Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development 1-13 , DOI
Haynes J & Murris K 2011 'The Provocation of an Epistemological Shift in Teacher Education through Philosophy with Children' Journal of Philosophy of Education 45, (2) 285-303 Publisher Site , DOI
Gibson S & Haynes J 2009 'Cultures of Knowledge, Learning and Assessment: an encounter between two Education Studies programmes' Educational Futures 2, (1) 57-70
Haynes J 2009 'Dialogue as a playful and subversive space in communities of philosophical enquiry' Critical and Reflective Practice in Education 1, (1)
Haynes J & Murris K 2009 'Opening the Space for Children's Thinking' Farhang, Journal of the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies 22, (69) 175-188
Haynes J & Murris K 2008 'The ‘Wrong Message’:Risk, Censorship and the Struggle for Democracy in Primary School' Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children 19, (1) 2-11
Haynes J 2007 'Freedom and the Urge to Think in Philosophy with Children' Gifted Education International 22, (2/3) 229-238
Murris K & Haynes J 2018 Literacies, Literature and Learning Reading Classrooms Differently. Abingdon, Oxon and New York Routledge
Gregory MR, Haynes J & Murris K 2016 The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children. Routledge
Haynes JE, Gale K & Parker M 2015 Philosophy and Education An Introduction to Key Questions and Themes. Foundations of Education Series
Haynes J 2012 어린이 철학자.
Haynes J & Murris K 2011 Picturebooks, Pedagogy and Philosophy. Routledge
Gibson S & Haynes J 2009 Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion: Engaging Education. Continuum Intl Pub Group
Haynes J 2008 Children as Philosophers. Second edition Routledge
Haynes J 2008 Children as Philosophers. Routledge , DOI
Haynes JE 2008 Children as Philosophers (Greek edition). Greek Athens, Greece Metaixmio
Haynes J 2004 Los niños como filósofos: el aprendizaje mediante la indagación y el diálogo en la escuela primaria. Paidos Iberica Ediciones S A
Haynes JE & Giorza T 2018 'Beyond Words: Materiality and the Play of Things' Literacies, Literature and Learning: Reading Classrooms Differently Abingdon, Oxon and New York Routledge 87-109
Haynes J & Kohan W 2018 'Facilitating and Difficultating: the cultivation of teacher ignorance and inventiveness' Literacies, Literature and Learning: Reading Classrooms Differently Abingdon, Oxon and New York Routledge 204-221
Gregory MR, Haynes J & Murris K 2016 'Editorial introduction: Philosophy for children: An educational and philosophical movement' xxi-xxxi , DOI
Haynes JE & Murris K 2016 'Readings and readers of texts in Philosophy for Children' The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children Routledge 171-180
Haynes JE 2016 'Being and Becoming a Philosophical Teacher' Philosophy for Children in Teacher Education: Creating the conditions for learning Routledge
Haynes J 2016 'Philosophy with Children: An Imaginative Democratic Practice' The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education Palgrave Macmillan UK 273-287 , DOI
Haynes J 2014 'Already Equal and Able to Speak: Practising Philosophical Inquiry with Young Children' in Robson S; Quinn S The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Thinking and Understanding Routledge
Haynes JE & Murris K 2012 'Escuta, hospitalidade e ensino filosofico' in Muller Xavier I; Omar Kohan W Filosofar: aprender e ensinar
Haynes JE 2009 'Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion: Engaging Education' in Gibson S; Haynes J Perspectives on participation and inclusion Continuum Intl Pub Group 41-66
Haynes JE 2009 'Perspectives on Participation and Inclusion: Engaging Education' in Gibson S; Haynes J Perspectives on participation and inclusion Continuum Intl Pub Group 113-136
Haynes JE 2009 'Living PhD: metaphors of research, writing and supervision' The Doctorate: stories of knowledge, power and becoming University of Bristol ESCALATE:Higher Education Academy Education Subject Centre 26-32
Haynes JE 2007 'Thinking Together: Enjoying Dialogue with Children' in Hayes D Joyful Teaching and Learning in the Primary School Exeter Learning Matters 17-27
Other Publications
Haynes J Teachers, pupils and primary schooling: Continuity and change. BLACKWELL PUBL LTD 433-435
Haynes J Versions of primary education - Alexander,R, Willcocks,J, Kinder,K, Nelson,N. BLACKWELL PUBL LTD 332-334

Other academic activities

Debating Matters Judge http://www.debatingmatters.com/people/joanna_haynes/