ACCESS Journal

ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies is a top quality, fully refereed academic journal published twice a year online and in hard copy by Taylor & Francis (UK).

2015 Impact Factor 0.415 
Ranking: 195/230 (Education & Educational Research) 
© 2015 Thomson Reuters, 2015 Journal Citation Reports® 

2015 Impact per Publication 0.452 –  values from Scopus.

ACCESS is managed by the Editor, Professor Elizabeth Grierson (RMIT University) and Executive Editor of EPAT, Professor Michael Peters (University of Waikato), and an international Advisory Board.

In 2014 the journal was incorporated into Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT), published by Taylor & Francis (UK).

In 2015 ACCESS was published with EPAT. The title of the journal became Educational Philosophy and Theory Incorporating ACCESS. 

 

Print ISSN: 0013-1857 

Online ISSN: 1469-5812

Mission of ACCESS and EPAT

ACCESS advances critical perspectives on the arts, and cultural policy and practice, creativity and communications, philosophy of aesthetics and pedagogy, and the politics of knowledge in local and global conditions. ACCESS welcomes papers and proposals for issues addressing the stated aims.

Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT) publishes articles concerned with all aspects of educational philosophy. It will also consider manuscripts from other areas of pure or applied educational research. In this latter category the journal has published manuscripts concerned with curriculum theory, educational administration, the politics of education, educational history, educational policy, and higher education. 

As part of the journal's commitment to extending the dialogues of educational philosophy to the profession and education's several disciplines, it encourages the submission of manuscripts from collateral areas of study in education, the arts, and sciences, as well as from professional educators.  

Nevertheless, manuscripts must be germane to the ongoing conversations and dialogues of educational philosophy.

Executive Editors

Professor Elizabeth M. Grierson (Editor ACCESS)
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Adjunct Professor, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand

Australian Legal Practitioner within the meaning of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Vic)

Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Employed Barrister Vulcan Chambers, Auckland, New Zealand.

Email: elizabeth.grierson@rmit.edu.au

Professor Michael A. Peters (Editor EPAT)
University of Waikato, New Zealand

Centre for Global Studies in Education

Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research

Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Email: mpeters@waikato.ac.nz

Editorial Board

Present

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Past

  • Professor Allan Bell, AUT University
  • Professor Tina (A.C.) Besley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Professor Brian Findsen, University of Waikato
  • Associate Professor Mark Jackson, AUT University
  • Associate Professor Adam Jaworski, University of Cardiff
  • Dr Janet Mansfield, Music Consultant, Auckland
  • Associate Professor A.-Chr. (Tina) Engels-Schwarzpaul, AUT University
  • Professor Mark Olssen, University of Surrey
  • Professor Fazal Rizvi, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Richard Smith, Monash University
  • Dr Maxine Stephenson, University of Auckland
  • Professor Annabelle Sreberny, University of London
  • Professor Lynda Stone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brief history

In 1982 ACCESS was founded at The University of Auckland by James Marshall and Colin Lankshear. The journal was published by The University of Auckland until 2001 under the title:
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Cultural and Policy Studies in Education.

In 2001 a new editor was appointed: Dr Elizabeth Grierson from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

From 2002 to 2008ACCESS was published by the Centre for Communication Research, which became the Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication, at AUT. The title of the publication changed to:
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies.

An international Advisory Board was appointed, and two previous editors became Consulting Editors: Professors James D. Marshall and Michael A. Peters.

In 2005 Elizabeth Grierson was appointed to RMIT University. She continued to manage ACCESS as managing and scholarly editor.

From 2005 to 2008ACCESS was published in hard copy at AUT and distributed online by Informit e-Library, RMIT.

From 2008 to 2014 the journal was published in hard copy by RMIT.

In 2014 the journal was incorporated into Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT), published by Taylor & Francis (UK) under the title:

Educational Philosophy and Theory Incorporating ACCESS.

Print ISSN: 0013-1857

Online ISSN: 1469-5812

The journal is available by subscription or through membership of the scholarly society PESA Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.

Editors 1982 – present, including special issues

  • 1982 – 1988: James Marshall and Colin Lankshear, Department of Education, University of Auckland
  • 1989: Garry McCulloch, University of Auckland
  • 1990: Garry McCulloch and Roger Dale, University of Auckland
  • 1991: Roger Dale and Dianne Snow, University of Auckland
  • 1992: Diane Snow, Linda Smith, and Eve Coxon with Editorial Board members from the Cultural and Policy Studies Group, University of Auckland
  • 1995: Michael Peters, James Marshall, and Susan Robertson, from the Cultural and Policy Studies Group; with Guest Editors often appointed for Special Issues
  • 2002: Elizabeth Grierson of the Faculty of Arts, Auckland University of Technology; Michael Peters and James Marshall, Consulting Editors
  • 2005: Elizabeth Grierson is appointed Professor of Art and Philosophy at RMIT University, Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology. ACCESS continues to be published by Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication (the former Centre for Communication Research) at AUT and Elizabeth Grierson continues as the Executive Editor of ACCESS
  • 2008: Guest Editors Richard Smith, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, and Bob Lingard, University of Queensland.
  • 2009: AUT University no longer publishes ACCESS. Elizabeth Grierson continues as Executive Editor. ACCESS published by RMIT University.
  • 2010: Guest Editor for first issue, Kristen Sharp; Guest Editor for second issue, Maxine Stephenson, University of Auckland.
  • 2011: Guest Editor for second issue, Adele Flood working with Elizabeth Grierson.
  • 2012: Guest Editors for second issue: Chris Hudson and Denise Varney.
  • 2015: Guest Editors of second ACCESS issue (EPAT Vol 47, Issue 12): Jillian Hamilton and Sue Carson.
  • 2016: Guest Editors of second ACCESS issue (EPAT Vol 48, Issue 13): Leon Benade and Nesta Devine.
  • 2017: Guest Editors of first ACCESS issue (EPAT Vol 49, Issue 7): Leon Benade and Mark Jackson.

Current issues

2016

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Educational Philosophy and Theory incorporating ACCESS, Vol 48, No 13, 1299-1309, Activating the Creative Arts and Technology.

Editor: Elizabeth M. Grierson, RMIT University

Comment

This issue of ACCESS brings together articles that address and work towards a philosophy of the arts and technology. Through critical, philosophical and practical enquiries, the writers activate different ways of approaching the arts, aesthetics and technology, supervisory and research practices, cultural knowledge and educational policy-making.

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Educational Philosophy and Theory incorporating ACCESS, Vol 48, No 7, ACCESS Special Issue on Elwyn Richardson.

Guest Editors: Leon Benade and Nesta Devine

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Comment:

This Special Issue of ACCESS, the first for 2016, brings together diverse perspectives on the work of the New Zealand educator, Elwyn Stuart Richardson (1925–2012). Articles examine the richness of Elwyn Richardson’s educational approach and legacy with focus on the matter of learning itself. How is learning approached when educational dogma separates fields of knowledge into discrete areas, effectively keeping art and science apart? And how is curriculum to be authorised when children, as learners, find implicit connections between different fields, and the discovery of learning is enabled through curiosity in ‘the ordinary world’?

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2015

Educational Philosophy and Theory incorporating ACCESS, Vol 47, No 12, ACCESS: Supervising Practice: Perspectives on the supervision of creative practice higher degrees by research.

Guest Editors: Jillian Hamilton and Sue Carson

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Comment:

The second Special Issue of ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies for 2015 focuses on supervising practices in the emergent field of creative practice, doctorate programmes. The field raises a range of pedagogical concerns, consistent with educational philosophy and practices. With this in mind, this Special Issue devotes itself to investigating what such concerns may be, and how they manifest in, and through the creative fields of doctorate education—the visual arts, performing arts, media, music and sound art, design and creative writing.

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Educational Philosophy and Theory incorporating ACCESS, Vol 47, No 6, ACCESS: Activating Aesthetics.

Editor: Elizabeth M. Grierson, RMIT University

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Comment:

This issue of ACCESS is the first to be published under the new publishing arrangements with Taylor & Francis. The focus of the issue is on aesthetics in education with particular consideration of aesthetics as an activating process for learning.

Future issues

2017

Educational Philosophy and Theory incorporating ACCESS, Vol 49, No 7, ACCESS Special Issue: Modern Learning Environments

Guest Editors: Mark Jackson, Leon Benade, Alastair Wells

Contributions TBA

Past issues 2001–2014

2014

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2014 was the year of transferring from one publisher to another. ACCESS was not published in hard copy in 2014.

However, 5 articles (for the 2015 hard copy issue) were published online, by authors Nuala Gregory, David Bell, Kirsten Locke, Linda Daley, Laura D’Olimpio.

2013: Vol 32 (1 & 2) (Final issue published by RMIT)

Editor: Elizabeth M. Grierson, RMIT University Melbourne, Australia.

Contributors

  • Elizabeth Grierson, RMIT University, Australia: Reinscribing the Politics of Difference: Where to Now?
  • Ruth Boyask, Plymouth University UK: Theorising the Democratic Potential of Privatised Schools through the Case of Free Schools.
  • Jill Blackmore, Deakin University, Australia: Student Dis / satisfaction and Academic Dis / enchantment with Edu-capitalism.
  • Janet Mansfield, Consultant New Zealand, Value 2.0.
  • Mark Jackson, AUT, New Zealand, Marx after Heidegger.
  • Nesta Devine, AUT, New Zealand, Mata Pasifika as Critique.
  • Lau Chung Yim, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Underpinnings, Issues and Challenges of Art-based Enquiry.
  • Elizabeth M. Grierson, RMIT, and Michael A. Peters, University of Waikato, and James D. Marshall, The University of Auckland: Annotated Bibliography: 31 Years of ACCESS Journal 1982-2013.

Comment:

This issue of ACCESS brings to a close the present publishing arrangements with RMIT University Australia. It thus commemorates the contribution of RMIT to the critical approaches to cultural and policy discourse, and in particular how cultural and policy issues manifest in and through educational and social practices.The issue examines the critical approaches to knowledge that have been the hallmark of ACCESS over its 32 years of publication. It also examines the new publishing arrangements with Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT) published by Taylor & Francis under the auspices of Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA). All the articles in this issue are characterized by critical attention to the politics of difference.

2012: Vol 31 (2) Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific region

Guest Editors: Chris Hudson RMIT University and Denise Varney University of Melbourne.

Contributors

  • Guest Editors: Chris Hudson, RMIT University, Denise Varney, University of Melbourne, Introduction: Theatre and performance in the Asia Pacific.
  • Denise Varney, University of Melbourne, Mixmasters and Lino: Iconic Australian modernity in Patrick White’s ‘The Season at Sarsaparilla’.
  • Ariel Heryanto, The Australian National University, New Tradition in a Modernity-Deficit Postcolony.
  • Barbara Hatley, Monash University and University of Tasmania, Performing Identity and Community in Indonesia in Modern Times.
  • William Peterson, Monash University, La Ville Sensuelle: Seeking a ‘Better City, Better Life’ in the French Pavilion.
  • Chris Hudson, RMIT University, Life as Theatre in Singapore.
  • Chua Beng Huat, National University of Singapore, Meisen Wong, Berlin Technical University, Aesthetics of the Pathetic: The portrayal of the abject in Singaporean cinema.
  • Paul Mason, Macquarie University, A Barometer of Modernity: Village performances in the highlands of West Sumatra.

Comment:

This issue of ACCESS examines theatre and performance in the Asia-Pacific region, and questions what it means to be local, regional and global in conditions of ‘cultural modernities’. The intention of Guest Editors, Chris Hudson and Denise Varney is ‘to highlight diverse, novel modes of expressing the conditions of the present’ by bringing to the fore alternative modernities. The editors have skillfully brought together material from two symposia held at Yogyakarta and Melbourne, forming part of a long-term research project funded by the Australia Research Council.

2012: Vol 31(1) ACCESS: Thirty years of academic publishing

Editors: Elizabeth M. Grierson, RMIT University and Michael A. Peters, University of Waikato.

Elizabeth M. Grierson & Michael A. Peters: ACCESS: Thirty years of academic publishing.

Contributors

Part I: Locating ACCESS

  • Elizabeth M. Grierson, RMIT University, Australia Michael A. Peters, University of Waikato, NZ, ACCESS: Thirty years of academic publishing.
  • Gary McCulloch, University of London, UK, Reflections on the Early Years of ACCESS, 1982-1991.
  • Peter Roberts, University of Canterbury, NZ, The Politics of Change: Publishing, policy and practice.

Part II: Locating academic publishing

  • Michael Peters, University of Waikato, NZ, In Praise of Small Journals.
  • Mark Jackson, Auckland University of Technology, NZ, Before Anticipation.
  • Noel Gough, La Trobe University, Australia, W(h)ither Gatekeeping? Academic publishing and peer review in complex networked systems.
  • Maxine Stephenson, University of Auckland, NZ, Reflections on the Review: Expertise and the emerging scholar.

Part III: Locating the productive power of discourse

  • James D. Marshall, University of Auckland, NZ, The Demise of Michel Foucault.
  • A.C. (Tina) Besley, University of Waikato, NZ, Becoming an Academic: Writing the self via Foucault.
  • Lynda Stone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, One American Narrative.
  • Fazal Rizvi, University of Melbourne, Australia, Engaging the Asian Century.

Part IV: Locating force relations

  • A.-Chr. (Tina) Engels-Schwarzpaul, Auckland University of Technology, NZ, Access/Arrival: Welcoming difference.
  • Brian Findsen, University of Waikato, NZ, Where Have all the Flowers gone? The wilting of university audit and community education in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Elizabeth M. Grierson, RMIT University, Australia, ACCESS and Me.

Comment:

This issue of ACCESS commemorates thirty years of continuous scholarly publication and looks to the future of the journal. Michael Peters and Elizabeth Grierson invited scholars who have had a long association with ACCESS, have been editors or guest editors, or have contributed significant articles that engage critically with research, publishing, cultural and educational politics. The issue is arranged in four parts. “Part I: Locating ACCESS”, with personal reflections of association with the journal placed against policy environments; “Part II: Locating academic publishing” addressing economies of scholarly publishing; “Part III: Locating the productive power of discourse” draws from Foucault to bring to the fore some of the key theorists with whom many writers in ACCESS have engaged over the years; “Part IV: Locating force relations” addresses political and social concerns in education today, concluding with the editor’s story of her ACCESS journey.

Publishing in ACCESS

For all submissions, please consult Taylor & Francis site for Educational Philosophy and Theory incorporating ACCESS.

If you have an idea for a Special Issue and would like to compile a Call for Papers please discuss with the Editor:

Professor Elizabeth Grierson 
Executive Editor ACCESS Journal 
RMIT University 
GPO Box 2476V Melbourne 
Victoria 3001 AUSTRALIA

Email: elizabeth.grierson@rmit.edu.au

Subscription

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Back copies

Back issues continue to be available online at Informit.

Hard copy volumes are available through the Editor. Please contact elizabeth.grierson@rmit.edu.au

Since 2015 all articles are available online at Taylor & Francis.

Contact

Professor Elizabeth Grierson: elizabeth.grierson@rmit.edu.au

Professor Michael Peters: mpeters@waikato.ac.nz 

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