Matthew Etherington, PhD

Professor of Education

Matthew achieved his PhD in the philosophy of education from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia while completing doctoral research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He is currently a Professor in the School of Education at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada. Matthew is the Director of the Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives (IIIP) and Vice President of the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (AASSC). His primary interests are in the philosophy of education, environmental and outdoor learning, Indigenous sovereignty, Elderhood and worldview analysis. Matthew has published four books, Changing Careers to Become a Teacher; Foundations of Education: A Christian Vision (editor and author); What Teachers Need to Know: Topics of Inclusion (editor and author) and Perspective on Working Life (author). He writes on a diversity of topics in education, philosophy, and spirituality.

  • PhD (OISE, Toronto)
  • MEd (Macquarie University, Australia and UBC, Canada)
  • BEd (University of New South Wales, Australia)


Philosophy of Education, Metaphysics and Moral Education, Problem Based Learning, Phenomenology, Christian Schooling, Contemporary Theories of Education, and Perceptions and Motivations of Mature Age Pre-Service Teachers.

  • Educational Philosophy
  • Curriculum as Currere
  • Environmental Education
  • Indigenous Epistemology
  • Worldview Analysis
  • Teacher Identity and Life History

Recent Publications

  • Etherington, M. (2014). Foundations of Education: A Christian Vision. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.
  • Etherington, M. (2017). What Teachers Need to Know: Topics in Diversity and InclusionUsed with Permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers'
  • Etherington, M. (2021). Perspectives on Working Lives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • Etherington, M. (2023). Environmental Education and Nature: Perspectives and Applications (forthcoming)

Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Philosophical Association;
  • Australian Philosophical Association;
  • Australian Canadian Studies Association;
  • Canadian Philosophical Association; and
  • Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand.

  • EDUC 233 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 302/EDUC 303 Initial Classroom Experience
  • EDUC 456 Curriculum and Pedagogy: K-8 Mathematics
  • EDUC 402/EDUC 403 Initial Classroom Experience
  • EDUC 495 Critical Issues, Values and Class Management
  • EDUC 496 Issues in Indigenous Education