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About Us

The Association has a formal set of rules (available on request) and is managed by elected Officers and an Executive Committee with a representative from each of the Institutional Members.

Our 1st AGM Saturday 18 June 2016 in Zagreb confirmed the officeholders for a term of 2 years.

We are keen to add General Members, so please join our great international, interdisciplinary collegial association if you are interested in advancing ideas in visual pedagogies.  In due course we will hold an election to add 2 General Members to the Executive Committee. The membership page has information and a form for you to join.

Executive Committee

Tina Besley (President)

Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)

Tina BesleyTina Besley is Professor, Associate Dean International and Director of Centre for Global Studies in Education at Waikato University.

Tina has wide research interests including: the philosophy of education, school counseling, educational politics and policy, research assessment in higher education, subjectivity, youth studies, interculturalism and global knowledge economy and cultures.

Her recent work now extends to e-learning, social networking and Global Studies in Education. She is President and a Fellow of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA); President of the Association of Visual Pedagogies; a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC) and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, UK (FRSA).

Kathrin Otrel-Cass (Vice-President & Co-editor VJEP)

Aalborg University, Denmark

KathrinKathrin Otrel-Cass holds the position of Professor with special responsibilities in visual ethnography at Aalborg University, Denmark. She is one of the founders of the Video Research Lab Aalborg – VILA and has a special interest in innovative ways of working with video.

With a particular interest in science and technology practices, her work takes place in formal learning environments and spaces of science technology practices.

Her work includes also how to deal with video data management including the ethical handling of video.

Kirsten Locke (Treasurer)

Faculty of Education, University of Auckland

bronKirsten is Associate Dean Teaching & Learning in Faculty of Education & Social Work at the University of Auckland and lectures in philosophy of education and sociology of education. Her academic research is informed by fifteen years of teaching experience in primary, secondary, and tertiary education in New Zealand and overseas.

Kirsten’s research brings poststructuralist and feminist theories and methodologies to bear on a range of intersecting and overlapping interests in education that encompass architecture, gender, policy and practice, art, and music.

Through the approaches of discourse analysis, genealogy, metaphor and narrative, and intersectionality, Kirsten’s overall project is to contribute to the renewal of the field of education studies in ways that highlight and promote the transformative power of education.

Bronwen Cowie (Secretary)

Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research (WMIER), University of Waikato

jayneBronwen is Professor and Director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research (WMIER) and Associate Dean Research at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Bronwen taught science, physics and mathematics in New Zealand secondary schools for a number of years and has worked on a number of large national research projects including the Laptops for teachers evaluation, the Evaluation of Environmental Education in schools and kura, and the Curriculum Stocktake National Schools Sampling Study.

She has extensive experience in classroom-based research with years 1 to 10 teachers and students using interviews, observation, the collection of student work and video as a data generation tools.

She is a co-director of the Science Learning Hub, which is a MSI initiative to make New Zealand science accessible to New Zealand teachers via a multimedia web-based resource.

Michael A. Peters (Ex-Officio – VJEP Founding Editor & Editor-in Chief)

University of Waikato, New Zealand

michael-petersMichael A. Peters is Professor in the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research at Waikato University, Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Professorial Fellow at James Cook University, Australia. He is the Executive Editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory and founding editor of several other journals, including the Open Review of Educational ResearchThe Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy and Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice.

His interests are in education, philosophy and social policy and he has written over seventy books, including The Global Financial Crisis and the Restructuring of Education (2015)Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy (2015) both with Tina Besley. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2010 and awarded honorary doctorates by State University of New York (SUNY) in 2012 and University of Aalborg in 2015.

Jayne White (ex-officio – Co-editor, VJEP)

University of Waikato, New Zealand

JayneJayne White is Associate Professor at University of Waikato and is Co-Director of the WMIER Video Lab at University of Waikato.  As Co-Editor of the Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy Jayne’s life-long interest is in  the infinite promise of video in education in revisioning pedagogies. Jayne’s current research focuses on the complex processes and practices of meaning-making, with an emphasis on the early years of learning with a strong emphasis on dialogic pedagogy. Video has been central to this focus, providing a means for her to gain polyphonic insights into everyday encounters by ‘seeing’ pedagogies across multiple visual fields. Jayne writes and edits for a range of international journals and books. She has authored three books, including  “Introducing dialogic pedagogy: Provocations for the early years” (2016).

Jayne looks forward to working with the Association of Visual Pedagogies  to explore new forms of knowledge production – revisioning pedagogies and their potential through visual means. Her article in the 1st volume of VJEP is  More than meets the “I”: A polyphonic approach to video as dialogic meaning-making.

Ho-chia Chueh

Institute of Digital Humanities, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Ho-chiaHo-chia Chueh is Associate Professor in the of Department of Bio-Industry Communication and Development at the National Taiwan University.

She teaches communication, cultural studies and rural sociology.

Her research interests in the field of education relate to sustainable development in contemporary Taiwan society, including issues of indigenous education and social justice, agri-food education and agricultural development, and green citizen and rural environment.


Petar Jandrić

University of Applied Sciences, Zagreb (TVZ), Croatia

pjandric1Petar Jandrić is an educator, researcher and activist. He has written three books, dozens of scholarly articles and chapters, and numerous journalistic articles. Petar’s works have been published in Croatian, English, Serbian, Spanish and Ukrainian. He regularly participates in national and international educational projects and policy initiatives.

Petar’s background is in physics, education and information science, and his research interests are situated at the post-disciplinary intersections between technologies, pedagogies and the wider society. Petar has worked at Croatian Academic and Research Network, the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, and the University of East London.

At present, he works as professor and director of BSc (Informatics) programme at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, and visiting associate professor at the University of Zagreb.

Miguel Zavala

Associate Professor, College of Educational Studies, Chapman University.

Miguel Zavala’s research interests center on decolonizing and Freirean pedagogies, critical literacies, and their intersection in social movements.  His most recent praxis involves working with teachers, youth, and parents using ethnic studies and participatory action research as resources for apprenticeship into community organizing.

He is a board member of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project (PFDP) at Chapman University and Co-President of the California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (CA-NAME).

His forthcoming book is entitled Raza Struggle and the Movement for Ethnic Studies (2018, Peter Lang). He is co-editor of Rethinking Ethnic Studies (2018).

John O’Neill

Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand

John O'NeillJohn O’Neill is Professor and Director of the Institute of Education at Massey University New Zealand. His research interests include education policy, teachers’ work and learning, applied research and professional ethics,  and teaching and learning in the everyday.