Dr E. Jayne White

E. Jayne White

Associate Professor

Qualifications: Dip.Tch (ECE); B.Ed (Otago); PGDip; MA (Victoria); PhD (Monash)

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About E. Jayne

Jayne has a long-standing interest in education, with particular emphasis on early years pedagogy, spanning over thirty years.  As co-Director of  WMIER Video Lab, Associate of the Centre for Global Studies, and a member of the Early Years Research Centre, Jayne's work focuses on the complex processes and practices of meaning-making in contemporary 'open' societies. She engages with a variety of methods to support her work, including the extensive and original use of 'polyphonic video' and its orientation towards 'visual surplus' which emphasises 'seeing' as an interpretative event of 'between-ness'. At the heart of her practice lies a strong emphasis on dialogic pedagogy, and the ways in which teachers can best engage within complex learning relationships - regardless of the age of the learner. To this end, Jayne explores philosophical ideas and their potential contribution to pedagogy.

Jayne is based on the Tauranga campus of University of Waikato, where she works with undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as the wider community.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Jayne is currently co-supervising Richard Heraud's PhD thesis on political subjectivity and innovation; Barnaby Pace's PhD thesis on Pirsig's metaphysical approach to quality; Robert Stratford's PhD thesis on Higher Education and the global environment; Margaret Lyall's PhD thesis on the topic of Gender and ECE; and Bridgette Redder's PhD thesis on Teacher self-study with infants.

In addition Jayne is currently sole supervising Diana Cruse (whanau engagement in ECE), Heather Vail (pedagogies for international student success) and Anne-Marie Simon (transformative learning using video) - all Masters theses.

Recent Publications

  • White, E. J. (2017). Video ethics and young children. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 2(2). doi:10.1186/s40990-017-0012-9 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10931

  • White, E. J., & Peters, M. A. (2016). The Video Journal and visual pedagogies: in the age of visual cultures. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 1(7). doi:10.1186/s40990-016-0008-x Open Access version: hdl:10289/10951

  • White, E. J. (2016). A philosophy of seeing: The work of the eye/'I' in early years educational practice. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 50(3), 474-489. doi:10.1111/1467-9752.12158

  • White, E. J., Peter, M., Sims, M., Rockel, J., & Kumeroa, M. (2016). First-year practicum experiences for preservice early childhood education teachers working with birth-to-3-year-olds: An Australasian experience. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 37(4), 282-300. doi:10.1080/10901027.2016.1245221

Find more research publications by E. Jayne White


Child Behaviour; Children; Early Childhood Learning; Early Childhood/Early Years Education; Education Research; Language Learning; Learning; Pedagogy; Philosophy; Screen and Media; Social Policy; Teacher Education; Teaching and Learning

Dialogism Visual ethnography