CONFERENCE COMMITTEE- Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

The Conference Organising Committee includes members from several departments in the Faculty of Education at University of Waikato, who each bring particular expertise and strengths. The committee is led by Professor Michael A. Peters and Profesor Tina Besley.

Professor Michael Peters is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Professor in the School of Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and School of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou University. He is the executive editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory  and editor of two international ejournals, Policy Futures in Education and E-Learning and Digital Media. His interests are in education, philosophy and social policy and he has written over sixty books, including most recently Education Philosophy and Politics: Selected Works of Michael A. Peters (2011); Education, Cognitive Capitalism and Digital Labour (2011), with Ergin Bulut; Neoliberalism and After? Education, Social Policy and the Crisis of Capitalism (2011)

Professor Tina Besley is a longstanding member of the  New Zealand Association of Counsellors, having been a  secondary school teacher, school guidance counsellor & HoD Guidance before entering academia. She recently returned to NZ after 11 years overseas including 2 years as Professor in Educational Psychology  & Counseling at California State University San Bernardino and 4 years at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & prior to that 5 years at University of Glasgow. Her research interests range widely over philosophy of education, school counselling, educational politics and policy, globalisation, research assessment in higher education, subjectivity and youth studies, e-learning, social networking and the global knowledge economy.

Karaitiana Tamatea has a background in Māori medium education programmes. revitalisation of Te Reo and governance roles in ensuring such issues are effectively implemented. Addressing the learning needs of specifically Māori children, using Māori epistemology and ways of learning. He has completed a Masters degree in Māori medium experiences of participants in a mainstream secondary school. His future research interests are focussed around the Governance role of ensuring  effective learning in Māori medium education.

Timote Vaioleti is Tongan and comes from Tongaleleka and Ha’afeva.  Much of his expertise revolves around Pacific values and their implications for learning, curriculum issues and policy.   He is credited with the development of the Talanoa Research Methodology.  He lead the development of the Kiribati Climate Change Curriculum and currently, he leads the development of Kiribati Creative Industries and Arts, a project for the International Labour Organisation and UNESCO under the United Nations projects for Kiribati, to create an alternative future and lifestyle for young people of that country. Timote  founded the Rotorua Tongan Society, the Waikato Tongan Education Council;  he was lead architect for the establishment of first Church of Tonga Complex in New Zealand.  Timote was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma. He is the first adult and continuing education leader of Pacific to be inducted in the Hall of Fame.

Dr. Jayne White has a long-standing interest in education, with particular emphasis on early years pedagogy. Her interest in various aspects of teaching and learning spans the domains of infant and toddler education, play, democracy, environmental education, classroom education, assessment and evaluation. She engages with a variety of methods to support her work, including the extensive and original use of ‘polyphonic video’ – and other means of visual ethnography. At the heart of her practice lies a strong emphasis on dialogic pedagogy, and the ways in which teachers can best engage within learning relationships – regardless of the age of the learner. To this end, Jayne explores philosophical ideas and their potential contribution to pedagogy. She also engages in empirical projects that bring these ideas to life.

Paul Flanagan teaches in the Counsellor Education programme in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato.  He is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, and is on the association’s national Supervision Committee.  Paul has previously practiced as a counsellor in statutory and community child advocacy and protection agencies, and provided professional development to principals, teachers, counsellors, social workers, caregivers and police on the questions and dilemmas of responding to young children’s sexual words, actions and interest. He is currently engaged in doctoral research involving primary school teachers, counsellors and parents, exploring discourses of sexuality in childhood.

Assisting the Conference Committee

Sonja Arndt: lecturer in early childhood teacher education. Sonja is involved in teaching a wide range of topics across the early childhood education and teacher education programmes, with a particular interest in using feminist, post structural, philosophical perspectives to blur fixed boundaries, and to help better understand educational (and life) contexts.

Carl Mika: lecturer at the University of Waikato, focusing on policy, cultural and social studies in education.

Sabrina van Saarloos: conference administrator. Sabrina is the administrator for Centre for Global Studies in Education.

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