Associate Professor Jill Elizabeth Smith

EdD, MEd, DipTchg, DipFA


Jill Smith is an Associate Professor in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education. Her specialism is Visual Arts education in the secondary school sector and with postgraduate students. Jill's research, teaching and art practice focus upon the relationships between art, culture, policy, and curriculum. The three key areas are:

  • Biculturalism, and non-indigenous teachers working with indigenous knowledge: MEd thesis, Biculturalism: The relationship between bicultural education policy and art education practice in secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand, reported on case study research in secondary schools.
  • Multiculturalism, diversity and difference: EdD thesis, Art education in New Zealand: Issues of culture, diversity and difference, reported on case study research in secondary schools. For thesis go to:
  • A/r/tography: A theoretical model in which research, teaching, and art practice are interconnected. This model was applied in Jill's solo exhibition, Talking my way through culture.
    For article and CD-ROM (14 x colour images) see: Smith, J. (2007). Art works as a re-presentation of research. Waikato Journal of Education: Special Issue on Creative Research in the Arts, 13, 7-32.


Research | Current

  • Asian perspectives on visual arts education – perspectives of pre-service visual arts teachers 2001-2010 experiences of secondary school, tertiary, pre-service education and secondary school visual arts teaching.
  • Historical research - The life and legacy of art educator, Peter Smith.
  • Cultural diversity - How theory can be played out in practice in multicultural art education
  • How predominantly European art teachers are responding to the increasing ethnic diversity of students - current collaborative research project.
  • Research Publications

Teaching | Current

  • EDCURRIC 750 Arts Research: Innovative Practices
  • EDPROFST 723 Visual Arts Education in New Zealand
  • EDCURSEC 648 Visual Arts Education 1
  • EDCURSEC 649 Visual Arts Education 2
  • EDCURSEC 650 Visual Arts Education 3
  • EDCURSEC 655 Art History Education

Postgraduate supervision

  • 2009 - Cathy Warden, MEd, Rekindling the Blaze: Maintaining professional development for primary art teachers in New Zealand (1st Class Hons)
  • 2011 - Juliette Laird, MProfStuds, Visual arts in the primary classroom: Teachers' perspectives (1st Class Hons)
  • 2011 - Dianne MacDonald, MEd, Induction and mentoring to provide culturally responsive pedagogy (1st Class Hons)
  • 2012 - Veronica Lazo Garcia, MProfStuds, Developing students' critical thinking skills through images (1st cClass Hons)
  • 2012 - Kiri Turketo, MProfStuds, Beyond the koru: Promoting Maori student achievement in visual arts (1st Class Hons)
  • 2013 - Julie Plows, MEd, Three year old visual artists: Their interactions during art making (1st Class Hons)
  • 2014 - Penny Lin, MEd, Where the currents journey the possibilities emerge: Education for sustainability through the visual and performing arts (1st Class Hons)
  • 2013 - Veronica Garcia Lazo, PhD in Education, Critical thinking in visual arts education 
  • 2014 - Pauline Adams, MEd, Bringing biculturalism into the primary school classroom (1st Class Hons)
  • 2014 - Wing-Tai (Bobby) Hung, MEd,Visual culture and art making: A 'snapshot' of  tertiary students in New Zealand and Hong Kong (1st Class Hons)
  • 2014 - Sarah Probine, MProfStuds, The visual arts as a learning tool in an early childhood setting (1st Class Hons)
  • 2014 - Anna-Maria Bribiesca, MEd, Conversaciones con di sangre / Conversations with my blood: How intergenerational knowledge shapes conceptions of art practice and teaching (1st Class Hons)
  • 2015 - Sarah Probine, PhD in Education, Contextual influences on how young children learn through the visual arts
  • 2015 - Wing-Tai (Bobby) Hung, PhD in Education - 'Street art' in New Zealand: Implications for its community of artists and visual arts education
  • 2015 - Pauline Adams, PhD in Education - What counts as identity capital? Examining factors that facilitate identity in Maori-Pakeha individuals across multiple group contexts
  • 2016 - Donna Rawhakarite Tupaea-Petero, MPSTE - Pathways for success for Maaori students: A maatauranga Maaori approach and a conventional NCEA approach to teaching and learning in visual arts at years 12 to 13. (1st Class Hons)
  • 2017 - Donna Rawhakarite Tupaea-Petero, PhD - Promoting success for Maori students in mainstream and Kaupapa Maori tertiary visual arts education in Aotearoa-New Zealand.
  • 2018 - Veronica Garcia Lazo, PhD - (Re) imagining critical thinking through the visual. (Graduated).
  • 2018 - Steve Lovett, MEd - 'Literacy' aquisition in art and design: Implications for students from low-decile secondary schools entering tertiary institutions.



  • 2002 – Inaugural National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for ‘sustained excellence’ in teaching, New Zealand Government
    View Jill's Tertiary Teaching Excellence Teaching Profile
  • 2002 – Auckland College of Education Tertiary Teaching Award
  • 2006 – The University of Auckland Staff Amalgamation Scholarship, to complete doctoral thesis
  • 2011 – The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators (ANZAAE) inaugural Award for ‘Sustained leadership, outstanding service, and contributions to research in art education’. View Citation
  • 2012 - Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award for 'Sustained Excellence in Teaching'


Course Director

  • EDCURRIC 750 Arts Research: Innovative Practices
  • EDPROFST 723 Visual Arts Education in New Zealand
  • EDCURSEC 648 Visual Arts Education 1
  • EDCURSEC 649 Visual Arts Education 2
  • EDCURSEC 650 Visual Arts Education 3
  • EDCURSEC 655 Art History Education
  • EDCURSEC 643 Educating for Visual Communication

Areas of expertise

  • Visual Arts education in New Zealand, and internationally
  • Pre-service teacher education, secondary sector
  • Postgraduate Visual Arts education - historical perspectives and the contemporary context
  • Postgraduate research - Arts research: Innovative practices
  • Personal research and teaching - the relationship between art, culture, policy and curriculum
  • Personal research and teaching - issues of culture, diversity and difference
  • Personal research, teaching and art practice - linking research, teaching and art making practice

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • 2014-2016 - FESW rep, University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC)
  • 2014-2015 - Member, Faculty of Education Postgraduate Research Approvals and Examinations (PGRAES) Committee
  • 2016 - Chair, PGRAES
  • Secondary sector Qualifications Committee

Membership to professional committees/groups

  • 2012- Member, European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
  • 2009- Member, Korean Association of Multicultural Education (KAME)
  • 2007- Member, International Society for Education through Art (InSEA)
  • 2003- Member, New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE)
  • 2002-2003 Vice-President, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators (ANZAAE)
  • 1999- Member, Art Education Australia (AEA)
  • 1996- Member, New Zealand Art History Teachers Association (NZAHTA)
  • 1980- Member, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators (ANZAAE)

Editorial Boards

  • International Journal of Education through Art (IJETA)
  • International Journal of Multicultural Education (IJME)
  • Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education (APJAE)
  • Canadian Review of Art Education (CRAE)
  • Multicultural Education Review (MER)
  • Australian Art Education (AAE)

Peer Reviewer

  • 2014 - International Journal of Education through Art
  • 2014 - Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues
  • 2010- International Journal of Multicultural Education
  • 2010- Curriculum Matters
  • 2009- Multicultural Education Review
  • 2007- Australian Art Education
  • 2015 - International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2015 - Oxford Bibliographies in Education
  • 2015 - Methodological manoeuvres: Researching social practices qualitatively
  • 2015 - Routledge Handbook of Multicultursl Education Research in Asia Pacific


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Smith, J., Pohio, L., & Hoeberigs, R. (2018). Cross-sector perspectives: how teachers are responding to the ethnic and cultural diversity of young people in New Zealand through visual arts. Multicultural Education Review, 10 (2), 139-159. 10.1080/20056115X.2018.1460895
  • Smith, J. (2017). The changing face of students in New Zealand: Are visual arts teachers keeping pace?. International Journal of Education Through Art, 13 (1), 43-59. 10.1386/eta.13.1.43_1
  • Smith, J. (2017). Arts research: Innovative practices - A 'snapshot' from New Zealand. Australian Art Education, 38 (1), 20-37.
  • Smith, J. (2017). Supporting ethnically diverse students to 'be themselves': Culturally inclusive practices of visual arts teachers in New Zealand. Global Journal of Human Social Sciences: A - Arts and Humanities, 17 (3), 14-23.
  • Smith, J. (2016). How European art teachers in New Zealand are enabling Asian and Pasifika students to tell their stories through visual arts. Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education = Ya Tai yi Shu Jiao yu Xue Bao, 15 (1), 22-50.
  • Smith, J. (2016). Empowering Pasifika students to express their identities through visual arts education in New Zealand secondary schools: The role of Euro-descendent teachers. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 18 (2), 85-106. 10.18251/ijme.v18i2.1148
  • Turketo, K., & Smith, J. (2014). Promoting achievement for indigenous students in art education: A New Zealand perspective = Promouvoir la réussite chez les étudiants indigènes en enseignement des arts: Un point de vue Néozélandais. Canadian Review of Art Education, Research and Issues = Revue Canadienne D'éducation Artistique, Recherche et Questions D'actualité Artistique, 41 (1), 8-31.
  • Garcia Lazo, V., & Smith, J. (2014). Developing thinking skills through the visual: An a/r/tographical journey. International Journal of Education Through Art, 10 (1), 99-116. 10.1386/eta.10.1.99_1

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 135
New Zealand

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