General News

General news and announcements relevant to the philosophy of education community.

New open access article

PESA members may be interested in reading this topical article by Henry Giroux titled 'Political Frauds, Donald Trump, and the Ghost of Totalitarianism' which is published in our journal Knowledge Cultures and is available open access:

The Official Launch of the Video Journal of Education & Pedagogy

After several years of planning we are delighted to officially launch the new journal. The Editorial Interview and first articles have been finally published. Editor-in-Chief: Michael A. Peters; Co-Editor: E. Jayne White

Watch the Editorial Interview and view the first video articles at

The journal is supported by The Association of Visusal Pedagogies
President: Tina Besley
Please join the Association.

The Association held its first conference in Zagreb, Croatia, June 18-19, 2016 -
Conference Organisers: Petar Jandrić & Milan Bajić

"The Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy represents a new movement in academic publishing by establishing the first video journal in the field of education and an open access database of video articles that captures the latest developments in educational practice, including teacher education, classroom teacher and child observation."

"The journal aims to provide a platform for educational research in teacher education and demonstrated pedagogy as a ready means to capture and globally share practitioner knowledge. It aims also to provide a research forum for the production of video articles to facilitate video data collection, production and analysis. The journal aims to develop integrated visual approaches to educational research and practitioner knowledge in order to encourage innovation and to establish a new research frontiers in education."

We would like to acknowledge our Associated Societies: Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, University of Waikato (NZ); Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia; Institute of Education, Massey University (NZ): College of Educational Studies, Chapman University (USA) ; Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University (Denmark) ; Faculty of Education, University of Auckland (NZ); Department of Informatics and Computing, University of Applied Sciences(Croatia); National Taiwan University

Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT)

The PESA journal, Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT) has a just-released 2015 Impact Factor of 0.415, up from 0.314 in 2014. EPAT now ranks 195/230 in the Education & Educational Research category.

Top honour for research excellence

13 May 2016

At a celebration of the University of Auckland’s continued excellence in research, Faculty of Education and Social Work academic Dr Kirsten Locke has received top honours for Early Career Research Excellence.

PESA member wins prestigious award

Congratulations to Marek Tesar for being awarded a University of Auckland ECREA - Early Career Research Excellence Award

PESA Scholarship Deadline looms

If you think you meet the criteria for the prestigious PESA Scholarship, or believe you have a student who does, this is a reminder of the EXTENDED CLOSING DATE of 30th April 2015.

AAP statement on gender

The AAP has produced the second of a series of notes that will collectively
make up an AAP statement on gender: see

All AAP members -- and, indeed, everyone associated with philosophy
in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore -- are asked to think carefully about the
further material that is linked to the note, and about the content of the
note itself.

Graham Oppy
Chair, AAP Council

Waikato Professor Receives Accolade from Denmark University

University of Waikato Professor Michael Adrian Peters has accepted an Honorary Doctorate from Denmark’s University of Aalborg, Faculty of Humanities. He will receive the degree at Aalborg’s April 17 awards ceremony.

Prof. Peters is being recognised for research that explores the role that institutions of knowledge and education play in contemporary society.  Professor Palle Rasmussen, chairman of Aalborg University’s assessment committee stated; “The versatility and quality of Michael A. Peters’ research contribution and his continuous work on location, tracing and confronting key issues in the intersection of education, philosophy and policy is impressive and important.” 

Prof. Peters is an established academic author, editor of national and international journals and written about areas such as social equity in higher education. He has held professorships in NZ and overseas, including an Emertius Professorship from the University of Ilinois and Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from State University of New York. At Waikato he is the Associate Director for the Centre for Global Studies in Education and teaches and researches on the subject.

Aalborg University is ranked in the top 2% of the world's 17,000 universities and is a partner institution with the University of Waikato. For further information contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Video Journal of Education & Pedagogy (VJEP)

A New Springer Journal

To be launched 2016

Universities of Waikato (NZ), Chapman (US), Aalborg (Denmark), Massey (NZ), Philosophy of Educational Society of Australasia (PESA) and other institutions pending

At its meeting at Annual Conference 2015 held at the Kingsgate Hotel in Hamilton the Executive unanimously voted to become an institutional member of the consortia of institutions associated with The Video Journal of Education & Pedagogy

VJEP is the first video journal in education: a revolutionary new journal dedicated to

understanding and analyzing educational practice using new audio-visual and

visualization methodologies focusing on teaching practice, classroom

observation, performance and indigenous studies.

An overview of the journal – aims and scope


The Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy initiates a new movement in academic publishing in the field of Education by establishing the first video journal in the field and a database of video articles that captures the latest developments in educational practice, including teacher education, classroom teacher and child observation. The journal provides a database of video articles that is dedicated to teaching and education fundamentals through simple and easy to understand demonstrations. The journal will also use the video medium and research on new visualization methodologies to provide structured interviews with leading scholars.

Practice-based accounts conceptualize education and pedagogy as capturing the practitioner knowledge and situated knowledges, stressing the negotiated and performative character of not only of practice but also of education policy. The “practice turn” in educational studies has a long history that emerges with the birth of educational research and the influence exerted by pragmatists thinkers like Ludwig Wittgenstein and John Dewey.

The concept of practice

The concept of practiceis the neglected underlying concept that signals a whole host of elements concerning the so-called “new pedagogy”. The notion of educational practices includes the emphasis on social constructionism that gels with a constellation of new emphasis in educational studies more generally: the central importance of cultures in relation learning and knowledge cultures, evidence-based cultures, organisational cultures, and youth cultures. The term also implies a central focus on “the practitioner” and practitioner knowledge dating from the work of Donald Schön and Chris Argyris.  This use is also common to the notion of  ‘communities of practice’ and associated notions of ‘situated learning’. The cultural turn and the reflective practitioner have been used to signal the priority of the practical over the theoretical in educational activities. This means, among others things, that education activities are primarily engagements-with-others-in-the-world implying that learning and teaching are fundamentally social activities, ‘doings’ or performances without ‘inner’ processes.


VJEP will:

1. integrate visual approaches to educational research and practitioner knowledge

2. provide rapid spread and open access to video pedagogy demonstrations in an international and comparative context

3. provide a platform for education research in teacher education and demonstrated pedagogy

4. provide a ready means to capture and globally share practitioner knowledge

5. establish a new frontier in education publishing and scientific communication

Video Article

This journal will be the first video journal in the field of Education to utilize the medium of the video clip to scientifically examine, critique and problematize teaching moments in a multimedia format based on a 15 minute clip supported by text materials such as teaching notes, theory explanations, literature review, and a full set of references (for full submission see below).

All manuscripts submitted to VJEP are subject to peer review and editing. Each substantive manuscript is reviewed by at least two experts in the field, who may also be members of the Editorial Board. The decision of the Editors-in-Chief is final. The Corresponding Author is notified of the decision by e-mail, with reviewer comments, if applicable. The reviewers of the journal are all education experts in their respective field.

The journal is Springer owned but articles will remain the copyright of the authors. The journal is based on a funded (gold road) open access model based on a standard SpringerOpen platform with the intention that sponsorship will be used to pay for the open access fees of articles at the discretion of the Editorial Board and Editor.

Foundation Members

  • Foundation institutional members have agreed to provide $10,000 (US). This will be paid into a ring-fenced trust account held by Springer but administered and used solely by the Editorial Board and Editorial team at the discretion of the Board.
  • The one-off membership fee provides a voice on the Editorial Board which sets editorial policy and adminsiters the research fund.
  • In addition, the foundational membership fee grants member institutions the right to appoint up to three reviewers that will comprise the Reviewers and also two video article waivers.
  • The journal website will carry logos of the sponsoring institutions.
  • It is anticipated that there will be ten institutional members as of late 2014 (Waikato, Chapman, Aalborg, PESA, Massey and others pending).
  • The $10,000 (US) will be used for scholarship and research purposes only and controlled and audited by the Editorial Board.
  • The fund will be used to assist the publication of research video articles (by paying the open access fee), assist with research expenses and commissioning state of the art research.

Benefits to PESA Members

  1. VJEP will provide new publishing opportunities for members
  2. VJEP will provide new publishing opportunities for the Society
  3. VJEP will promote the relationship between philosophy, education and visual culture and hence endorses the aim of PESA
  4. VJEP will provide opportunities for PESA members to become reviewers and editors in a new area of journal scholarship
  5. VJEP will encourage PESA to become part of an international research collaboration providing new research directions, experimentation with new visualization methodologies, and new forms of engagements with other researchers
  6. VJEP will provide new areas for philosophers of education to develop expertise in areas of visual culture, especially as the social media landscape moves increasingly toward video-text-sound configurations.

2015 development

There will be a one-day conference on the journal on May 18th 2015 at the University of Waikato.

Editor-in-Chief: Michael A. Peters 

Associate Editors: Tina Besley, Jayne White

Download the Invitation to Submit - PDF

Bloomsbury Collections

The Bloomsbury Collections ebook platform has officially launched in ANZ. The education collections - including the Philosophy of Education Collection - are available now to libraries. For more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open Review of Educational Research

Routledge is soon launching its new Open Access Open Review of Educational Research.

It's a very broad reach Educational journal, launching next year. For more details, follow the link.

Collaborate session recording with Prof M. Peters and Prof. J.T. Ozolins from 14.08.2014‏

collaborate-sessionIn this Collaborate session recording taken from Thursday 14th August 2014 two guest experts (Prof Michael Peters (University of Waikato, NZ) and Prof Janis (John) Ozolins (ACU, Australia)) in the field of educational philosophy and theory with international standing in the academic community discuss a broad range of issues on the topic of educational philosophy and theory with Dr Steven Stolz from La Trobe University (Australia) as part of a blended learning mode subject which he coordinates for the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) students.

This discussion session is recorded using Blackboard Collaborate.  To view the recording you will need to download open the web start launcher which will automatically download when you click the link below.  Please note that the laucher requires Java to be installed and enabled on your computer in order to run.

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