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Vaughn Mitchell John
Position Senior Lecturer
Discipline Adult Education, Development, Leadership & Management
Phone 033 260 5069
Email johnv@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address Room 12a, Education Building

Degree Held

  • BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Profile (Experience, Accomplishments, Awards, etc.)

Experience:

  • Twenty five years’ experience in Higher Education.
  • Teaching and research in the disciplines of Adult Education and Social Justice Education.
  • Leading projects involved in peace education and conflict resolution.
  • Certified trainer in Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

Accomplishments:

  • Co-convener of Peace Education Commission of International Peace Research Association (IPRA) ( 2013 - current)
  • Executive Member of Standards Generating Body for Conflict Resolution, Peace and Elections.
  • Recipient of following grants: University Competitive Research Grant (UN) ( 2005)
  • Spencer Foundation grant for PhD study (2006); Thuthuka grant, National Research Foundation (2007-2009); United States Institute for Peace, funding for peace education project (2006); Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, funding for peace education project ( 2006-2010); UTLO Competitive Research Grant (UKZN) (2012-2013)

Research Interests:

  • Peace Education, Transformative learning, Conflict and Violence, Educator Development.

Teaching Interests:

  • Research Methodology (MEd/Phd), Adult Learning (MEd), Lifelong learning (Certificate in Education), Peace Education (MEd), Conflict Transformation (Certificate in Education)

Supervision:

  • Supervision at Masters and PhD levels
  • 3 PhD and 9 Masters students supervised to completion

Community Involvement/Outreach:

  • Co-convener of Peace Education Commission of International Peace Research Association (IPRA) ( 2013 - current)
  • Board of Governors, St John’s Diocesan School for Girls (2012 - current)
  • Executive committee and Board of Trustees, Alternative to Violence Project, KZN Network (2010 - current)
  • Executive committee, Standards Generating Body for Democracy, Human Rights and Peace (past)
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Midberg Adult Education Centre (past)

Publications/Selected Publications (2011 – 2013):

Books:

  • Rule, P. and John, V. (2011) Your guide to case study research. Pretoria: van Schaik

Journal Articles:

  • Twine, B. and John, V.M. (2014) Picturing community development work in Uganda: fostering dialogue through photovoice. Community Development Journal. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsu036.
  • John, V.M. (2013) Transforming power and transformative learning in peace educator development. Journal of Social Sciences, 37(1), 81-91.
  • John V.M. (2013) Exploring adult education and community development in a rural project: a conceptual framework. Journal of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences, 41, 49-62.
  • John, V. (2011). Community development in a post-conflict context: fracture and depleted social capital. Community Development Journal, 46, 51-65.

Chapters in Books:

  • Rule, P. and John, V. (in press). Unbinding the Other in the context of HIV and AIDS and education: towards a dialogic humanism.

Complete Research Record:

Journal articles (8)

  • Twine, B. and John, V.M. (2014) Picturing community development work in Uganda: fostering dialogue through photovoice. Community Development Journal. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsu036.
  • John, V.M. (2013) Transforming power and transformative learning in peace educator development. Journal of Social Sciences, 37(1), 81-91.
  • John V.M. (2013) Exploring adult education and community development in a rural project: a conceptual framework. Journal of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences, 41, 49-62.
  • John, V. (2011). Community development in a post-conflict context: fracture and depleted social capital. Community Development Journal, 46, 51-65.
  • Rule, P. and John, V. (2008). Unbinding the other in the context of HIV/AIDS and education. Journal of Education, No 43, 79-99.
  • John, V. & Rule, P. (2006) Shifting ground: making sense of context in examining HIV/AIDS and schooling. Journal of Education, No. 38, 165-186.
  • John, V. (2006) Community development research: Merging (or submerging) communities of practice? A response to Van Vlaenderen. Community Development Journal, 41, 50-64.
  • John, V. (1990) Pietermaritzburg's refugees: a profile. South African Outlook, May, 241-244.

Books (2)

  • Rule, P. and John, V. (2011) Your guide to case study research. Pretoria: van Schaik
  • Aitchison, J., Leeb, W. and John, V. (2010) Political violence in the Natal Midlands: the unrest monitoring project papers 1988-1994. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Book chapters (6)

  • Rule, P. and John, V. (in press). Unbinding the Other in the context of HIV and AIDS and education: towards a dialogic humanism.
  • John, V. (2008). Secrecy and Lies: Sources of strength for militarism and for critical peace pedagogy. In N. Muthukrishna (Ed.) (2008) Educating for Social Justice and Inclusion In an African Context: Pathways and Transitions. pp. 193-206. New York: Nova Publishers.
  • Houghton T. & John, V. (2007) Towards sustainable peace education: theoretical and methodological frameworks of a program in South Africa. In Z. Bekerman and C McGlynn (Eds) Addressing Ethnic Conflict through Peace Education: International Perspectives, pp. 187-199, New York, Palgrave Macmillan
  • John, V. & Rule, P. (2006). Carers in contexts of care. In N. Muthukrishna (Ed.) Mapping Barriers to Basic Education in the Context of HIV/AIDS, pp.231-239. Pietermaritzburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • John, V. (1990) Natal's War: monitoring internal refugees and assessing their distress. In Refugees in their own land - Readings on the Problem of Internal Refugees, pp. 119- 29, Philippines: ECDFC.
  • John, V. (1990) Databases in small organisations - keeping a count of deaths. In C. Julie et al (eds) Computer for Transformation in Education, pp. 297-306, Cape Town: Wyvern Publications.

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings (1)

  • John, V. (2010) Attempting transformative learning in a context of trauma and fear: the story of Cosmos. Proceedings of the IASK International Conference, Teaching and Learning 2010, 29 November – 1 December 2010, Seville, Spain

Thesis/Dissertation (2)

  • John, V. (2009) “Communities of learning and action?”: a case study of the Human Rights, Democracy and Development project, 1999 – 2005. Unpublished doctoral thesis. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
  • John, V. (1996) Use of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) in a Zulu-speaking setting: an assessment of translation, reliability and some validity issues. Unpublished masters dissertation. University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Conferences Presentations (29)

  • 2014 John, V.M. On unity, peace and values: the wisdom of Nelson Mandela. Paper presented at the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) conference, 10-15 August 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2014 John, V.M. Using conflict maps in schools to generate critical reflection and dialogue. Paper presented at the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) conference, 10-15 August 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2013 John, V. Engaging teachers in exploring school-based conflict, violence and injustice. Paper presented at the Strategies for nonviolence in education Conference, 1-3 July 2013, Durban University of Technology, Durban.
  • 2013 John, V. “The farmer does not want us to have similar knowledge to him” - critical remembrances of rural women learners in South Africa. Paper presented at the WLEC Conference, 13 - 15 March 2013, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2012 John, V. Peace educator learning and development: a South African case study. Paper presented at the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) conference. 24-28 November 2012. Mie University, Tsu, Japan.
  • 2012 John, V. National reflections on “Why is feminist popular education still important?”. Invited respondent at colloquium on Beyond Freire - a Feminist Dialogue on Power, Politics and Possibilities, 8 October 2012, University of Western Cape. Belville.
  • 2012 John, V. & Barnabas, S. Learning in a community of practice: the Alternatives to Violence (AVP) network. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, 25 - 27 September 2012, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
  • 2012 Rule, P.; John, V. & van der Merwe, M. Projecting post-graduate students’ voices into educational discourse. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, 25 - 27 September 2012, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
  • 2012 John, V. Incorporating non-violence curricula in higher education: a UKZN case. Paper presented at the Roots to Fruits: Nonviolence in Action conference. 31 July – 2 August 2012, Durban University of Technology, Durban.
  • 2012 John, V. Critical remembrance as part of commemoration and peace building. Keynote presentation at the 18th commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi. 14 April 2012, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
  • 2011 John, V. Fostering community learning and development in rural KwaZulu-Natal: an emergent conceptual mode. Paper presented at the 1st SURLEC Colloquim, 24-26 November 2012, University of Free State, Qwa-Qwa.
  • 2011 John, V. Developing peace educators at UKZN. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, 26 - 28 September 2011, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.
  • 2010 Rule, P. & John, V. Re-imagining case study theory. Paper presented at the Kenton Educational Conference, Golden Gate Hotel, Free State, 28th – 31st October 2010.
  • 2010 John, V. (2010) Attempting transformative learning in a context of trauma and fear: the story of Cosmos. Paper presented at the IASK International Conference, Teaching and Learning 2010, 29 November – 1 December 2010, Seville, Spain
  • 2010 John, V. Questioning and re-questioning cases of distributed leadership: exploring implications of the multi-case study for further research. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, 20 - 22 September 2010, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
  • 2009 John, V. Community development in a post-conflict context: fracture and depleted social capital. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Community Development in an Age of Uncertainty: Connections and Fragmentations, 3rd - 5th September 2009, London.
  • 2009 Learning Leadership/Leadership Learning Conference 17th October 2009, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Respondent and chair of panel on Transformation, learning and leadership.
  • 2007 Rule, P. and John, V. Troubling case study methodology. Paper presented at the Kenton Phumula Conference, 25-28 October 2007, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • 2006 John, V. Critical remembrance at a time of a mass literacy campaign. Presented at the Kenton Education Conference, 28 November – 1 December 2006, Wilderness, George.
  • 2006 Rule, P.R. and John, V. Unbinding the other: Addressing HIV/AIDS as a barrier to basic education. Paper presented at the Kenton Education Conference, 28 November – 1 December 2006, Wilderness, George.
  • 2005 John, V. Adult educator training at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Paper presented at The Training of Adult Educators in Africa and Asia/Pacific Conference, 11-13 April 2005, Cape Town.
  • 2005 John, V. & Rule, P. Shifting ground: making sense of context in examining HIV/AIDS and schooling. Paper presented at the International Critical Psychology Conference, Durban, 30 June -31 July 2005.
  • 2005 Houghton, T. and John, V. Towards sustainable peace education: theoretical and methodological frameworks of a programme in South Africa. Paper presented the Sustained Peace Educational Efforts for Social Cohesion in International Conflict and Post-conflict Societies Conference, 18-22 May 2005, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 2004 Houghton, T. and John, V. Transforming lives, growing peace, sustaining democracy – towards sustainable peace education in KwaZulu-Natal. Kenton Khahlamba Conference, September/October 2004, Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • 2003 John, V. Educational “Action Research” Partnerships: whose action and whose research? Kenton Education Conference, 30 October - 2 November 2003, Worcester, Western Cape.
  • 2002 John, V. Learning for life: training basic health care workers. Paper presented at the International Conference on Lifelong learning for Social Development, 13-15 August 2002, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.
  • 2001 John, V. Marginalisation removed or remodelled? A special role for learner support in transforming open and distance education in South Africa. Paper presented at the 9th Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, Cambridge.
  • 2000 John, V. Learner-support needs within the UN/SACTE distance programme: towards broader and more formalised support. Presented at the 2ndNADEOSA conference, SACTE, Pretoria
  • 1999 Volunteerism in Adult Basic Education: Can it work? Baatjes, I., Aitchision, J & John, V. Presented at the Kenton Conference, Salt Rock.

Research Reports

  • 2014 Executive Summary Report: 2013 Climate Survey of St John’s D.S.G. parents and pupils. Commissioned research for St.John’s D.S.G., Pietermaritzburg. John, V.
  • 2003 External evaluation report of the St. John’s Ambulance Lifesaver International First Aid Course (LIFAC) John, V. with Sable, B. & Arbuckle, K. Commissioned research for St. John’s Ambulance, UK.
  • 2003 Report on a survey of CBOs in Southern Africa, October 2002 – August 2003. Harley, A., Rule, & John, V. Commissioned research for Fahamu, UK.
  • 2000 Evaluation of the Resources in School Pilot Project John, V. Commissioned research for the Media in Education Trust
  • 1999 Evaluation of the Whole-school development programme Sejake, S, Ritchie, M. & John, V. Commissioned research for the Zenex Foundation
  • 1998 Labour tenants in KwaZulu Natal Kunene, Aitchison, Hlela & John, V. Commissioned research for the Department of Land Affairs
  • 1998 Impact assessment and perception audit of the National Communication Directorate Materials. Palmer Development Group, Resource Development Agency and Department of Adult & Community Education. Commissioned research for the National Department of Education
  • 1997 An evaluation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s application process for urgent reparation and rehabilitation. John, V. Commissioned research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • 1997 Rural Livelihoods in KwaZulu Natal John, V. An atlas of approximately 35 GIS maps produced for the Oxfam-funded research into development needs in KwaZulu Natal.
  • 1996 Assessing the plain language working draft of the new Constitution Aitchison, J. & John, V. Commissioned research for the Constitutional Assembly.
  • 1996 Non governmental organisations Aitchison, J. & John, V. Commissioned research for the Educator Trainer Development Practitioner project of the National Training Board.
  • 1995 ABE Teacher Training in KwaZulu Natal John, V. Commissioned research for the Natal Adult Basic Education Support Agency (NASA).
  • 1995 Adult illiteracy in South Africa - an atlas John, V. An atlas of approximately 100 GIS maps produced for the Joint Education Trust (JET)-funded research into adult basic education in South Africa.
  • 1994 Learn with Echo Readership Survey -1993. John, V. Commissioned research conducted for the Learn with Echo project.
  • 1994 AfraNews Readership Survey - 1993. John, V. Commissioned research conducted for the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA).
  • 1993 Displaced People in South Africa. Aitchison, J, Leeb, W. & John, V. Paper commissioned by the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • 1991 Security force collusion in the Natal Midlands conflict. John, V. Occasional paper reported on in the Natal Witness of 29 July 1991.

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