Dr. Trevor Norris

Faculty of Education

Dr. Trevor Norris

Assistant Professor
Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education
Available for Graduate Advisement

Trevor Norris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education. He completed his doctorate in philosophy of education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the intersection of education, politics and philosophy.

Dr. Norris has taught courses in Democracy and Education, Modernity to Postmodernity, Philosophy of Education, Consumerism and School Commercialism, and the Social Foundations of Education at the University of Toronto, and in Applied Ethics at York University.

His research focuses on philosophical approaches to globalization, (neo)liberalism, citizenship, and democracy, with a specific focus on the political and pedagogical implications of consumerism. He pursues this research through contemporary pedagogical movements such as critical pedagogy, as well as historical approaches and thinkers such as Plato and Rousseau.

A 2011 book with University of Toronto Press, “Consuming Schools”, investigates the origins and nature of consumerism in Western political, pedagogical and philosophical thought and its impact on the public and democratic functions of education, with cases drawn from current trends in school commercialism.

A second key research area, funded by SSHRC, examines the teaching and learning of philosophy in schools, investigating teachers’ conceptions of the aims of philosophy education, dynamics within philosophy classrooms, and how students are impacted by studying philosophy.

Courses Taught
EDUC 1F95: Foundations of Education
EDUC 5P20: History and Philosophy of Education

Research Interests
Philosophy of Education, High School Philosophy, History of Educational Thought, Critical Pedagogy, Globalization and Development Theories, Critiques of Consumerism and Neoliberalism, Education and Social Change, Modernity and Postmodernity

Books and Books in Progress

Norris, T. Consuming Schools: Commercialism and the End of Politics. Forward by Dr. Benjamin Barber. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

Norris, T., Mesbahian, H., Dieter Misgeld: From Hermeneutics of the Ancient Text to the Text of Emancipatory Politics. Montreal: BlackRose Books. (Accepted, anticipated publication date: spring 2012)

Norris, T. & Peters, M. Baudrillard and Education: The Spectacle of Learning. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2012. In preparation

Norris, T. The Democracy Book: Festschrift for Benjamin Barber. In preparation

Book Chapters

Norris, T. “Philosophy Questions about Testing in Philosophy.” In Jana Mohr Lone & Roberta Israeloff. Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012.

Norris, T., Stasko, C. (2008). “Packaging Youth and Selling Tomorrow: Deconstructing the Myths of Marketalkracy.” In Deron Boyles (Ed.), The Corporate Assault on Youth: Commercialism, Exploitation, and the End of Innocence (pp. 126-158). New York: Peter Lang.

Norris, T. (2005) “A Metanarrative of Emancipation”, in Peter Pericles Trifonas (Ed.), Communities of Difference: Language, Culture, Technology (pp. 127-139). New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Referred Journal Publications

Sandlin, J. Burdick, J. Norris, T. (2012) “Erosion and Experience: Education for Democracy in a Consumer Society” Review of Research in Education. Special Issue: “Education, Citizenship and the Common Good,” March, 2012.

Norris, T. (2010) Encyclopedia entries for: “Neoliberalism,” “Neoconservativism,” “Commercialism in Schools,” “Participatory Democracy,” in The Greenwood Dictionary of Education, Second Edition. Westport, CT.

Norris, T. “The Illusory Solution: Is Commercialization the `Future` of Education at the TDSB?” Our Schools/Ourselves (2009), 49-54.

Norris, T. “Consuming Schooling: Education as Simulation,” Philosophy of Education Yearbook, 2007, 162-171.

Norris, T. “School Commercialism and the Fate of Public Schooling: What’s `Good` for America?”, Review Essay, Educational Researcher. October 2006, 32-35.

Pinto, L., Boler, M., Norris, T. “Literacy is just reading and writing, isn’t it? Conceptions of Literacy in Ontario High-Stakes Testing and its Press Coverage.” Policy Futures in Education. V. 5, No.1, January 2007), 84-99.

Norris, T. “Hannah Arendt and Jean Baudrillard: Pedagogy in the Consumer Society”. Studies in Philosophy and Education. V. 25, No. 6 (November, 2006), 457-477.

Norris, T. “Consuming Signs, Consuming the Polis: Hannah Arendt and Jean Baudrillard on Consumer Society and the Eclipse of the Real.” International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. V. 2, No. 2 (July 2005). Required reading in Senior Sociology Seminar, Bishops University, Dr. Gerry Coulter.

Norris, T. “Hannah Arendt and Paulo Freire: Consuming, Schooling, and the End of Politics.” Kwartalnik Pedagogiczny. No. 2 (196), 2006, 73-91.

Norris, T. “Re-thinking Re-producing Consumption: Hannah Arendt, Paulo Freire and the Pedagogy of Possession.” Philosophical Studies in Education Yearbook, 2005, 77-90.

Other Publications

Norris, T. (2011) Response to Waddington. “Studies in Philosophy and Education,” 30, 93-96.

Norris, T., Stasko C., “The Product is Youth: Teen Marketing and the Selling of Tomorrow.” The Association for Media Literacy.

Norris, T. “Consuming Youth. Orbit Magazine, Spring, 2005: 22.

Norris, T. (2005, Spring) “Cultivating Sweet Things: An Interview with Carly Stasko.” Orbit Magazine, 23-26.

Norris, T. (2004) “Hannah Arendt and Jean Baudrillard: Pedagogy in the Consumer Society”. Informal Education and Lifelong Learning.

Norris, T. "Review Symposium on Consuming Schools," Policy Futures in Education. In preparation.



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Dr. Trevor Norris
Faculty of Education

Brock University
St. Catharines, On.

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T 905 688 5550 x5897
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Scholarship Information/Workshop Sessions - September and October
September 10, 2015 - 1:30pm - October 1, 2015 - 11:30am
Katlynne Smith MEd Thesis Defence
September 24, 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
PhD in Education Thesis Defence – Ewelina Niemczyk
September 8, 2015 - 10:00am - 1:00pm