Michael Adrian Peters

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Michael Adrian Peters
ResidenceNew Zealand
Alma materAuckland University
Spouse(s)Tina Besley
AwardsHonorary Doctorate (Aalborg University, Denmark)[1], Honorary Doctor of Letters (State University of New York,[2], American Educational Studies Association Critics Book Award 2010, 2009, 2004[3], Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for Research into Higher Education[4], Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand[5]
Scientific career
ThesisThe problem of rationality : an historicist approach for philosophy of education (1984)
Doctoral studentsNesta Devine[6]
InfluencesLudwig Wittgenstein, Michel Foucault, Henry Giroux, Peter McLaren, Timothy Luke

Michael Adrian Peters (born 1948) is a New Zealand education academic. He is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University (previously Professor at Waikato University[7]) and Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[8]


Peters received BA(Hons) in Geography from the Victoria University of Wellington in 1970; MA in Philosophy from the University of Auckland in 1980; and PhD in Philosophy of Education from the University of Auckland in 1984.


  1. ^ "Honorary doctors and fellows". www.en.aau.dk.
  2. ^ "Diana G. Oblinger and Michael A. Peters to receive Honorary Degrees from SUNY Empire State College". development.esc.edu. 7 February 2012.
  3. ^ "The American Educational Studies Association, an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars, and administrators who are interested in the foundations of education". www.educationalstudies.org.
  4. ^ http://www.srhe.ac.uk/members/newsletter/downloads/News_Bulletin_August10.pdf
  5. ^ "Royal Society Te Apārangi - View our current Fellows". royalsociety.org.nz.
  6. ^ "Nesta Devine - AUT". www.aut.ac.nz.
  7. ^ "Michael Peters - Staff Profiles: University of Waikato". www.waikato.ac.nz.
  8. ^ "Faculty Profiles". education.illinois.edu.

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