Professor of Education
DeVries Centre
+1 (604) 513-2121 ext. 3215
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Matthew achieved his Ph.D. 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). His primary interests are in the philosophy of education, environmental and outdoor teaching and learning, and Indigenous sovereignty and worldview. 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 and spirituality.

Research & Scholarship

 Christian Apologetics; Classical Apologetics; Axiology; Educational Philosophy; Anthropology; Academic Writing, Deductive Argumentation, Logic, Critical Analysis; Psychology of Classroom Management; Teacher Identity; Teacher Biography and Life History as Written Inquiry.


B.Ed. at the University of New South Wales, Australia

M.Ed. at Macquarie University, Australia and UBC, Canada

Ph.D. at OISE, Toronto 

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 Inclusion.
'Used with Permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers'

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.


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.

Courses Taught

  • 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