Dr Bradley Shipway BT(Hons)(SCU), PhD(SCU) 

Brad is a lecturer in the School of Education in the area of Human Society and Its
Environment (also known as Studies of Society and Environment). 

He has a keen interest in critical realism and the philosophy of education, and
supervises postgraduate students in these areas. A graduate of Southern Cross University
himself, Brad’s doctoral thesis “Implications of a Critical Realist Perspective in
Education” was awarded a New South Wales Institute for Educational Research Award for

Areas of Research Interest 

•Critical Realist philosophy: lineage, developments and applications 

•Critical Realist and postfoundational/poststructural research methods 

•Emancipatory educational pedagogy 

•Impact of social structures and mechanisms on teaching and learning 

•The interface between constructivist learning theory and realist educational philosophy 

•Philosophy of Science and Theology 

Journal articles


The religious participation and spiritual development of young people in Catholic schools: a longitudinal view (with Richard Rymarz and J D. Graham), Journal of Religious Education (2008)


Critical realism and theological critical realism: opportunities for dialogue, Journal of Critical Realism, Alethia (2000)

The existence of a ‘religious’ strain of critical realism predating ‘secular’ critical realism was brought...



A critical realist perspective of education, School of Education Papers (2010)

This book clearly and comprehensively explores the capability of critical realism to throw new light...


Book chapters

Australian children’s perspectives on rights, responsibilities, and citizenship: implications for teacher practice and citizenship education (with Anne Graham and Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald), Children as Citizens? International Voices (2009)

The rights of children as citizens have become an increasing focus of international attention as...


Children’s participation on citizenship: conclusions and future directions (with Udi Butler, Havard Bjerke, Anne B. Smith, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, Anne Graham, and Nicola J. Taylor), Children as citizens? : International voices (2009)

Education: Field entry (with Karl Maton), Dictionary of critical realism (2007)


Implications of a critical realist perspective in education, PhD thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW (2002)

This thesis explores the implications of a critical realist perspective for the field of education....


Conference publications

A critical realist perspective of education, Critical Realism in Education Conference (2008)

Policy and practice implications of children’s citizenship (with Anne Graham and Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald), , Inaugural International Child & Youth Research Network Conference: Child and Youth Research in the 21st Century: A Critical Appraisal (2008)

Children and young people’s perspectives on rights, responsibilities and citizenship in Australia (with Anne Graham, Robyn Margaret Fitzgerald, and Jenni Whelan), Childhoods: children and youth in emerging and transforming societies: Childwatch International Citizenship Research Network (2005)

This presentation includes a brief overview of key cultural, historical and educational issues that have...


Critical realism and pragmatism in educational research, Engaging Realism: Proceedings of the International Association for Critical Realism 2005 Annual Conference (2005)

Critical realism: why it inspires me greatly and worries me deeply, National Institute of Christian Education (NICE) Redeeming the Academic Mind Conference (2005)