Ian’s research activities and output testify to an engagement with philosophical issues in education, particularly those concerning teaching and learning. His publications have tended to focus on various approaches to performatives and performativities, and demonstrate the significance of these ideas for education. The themes explored in these terms include race, gender, the construction of authority, power relationships and the language of schooling. Here, philosophical ideas are treated in regards to their relevance to the details of educational practice. Ian’s most recent research focuses on theorising “creativity” in education.