Dr E. Jayne White

E. Jayne White

Associate Professor


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

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 fulfils the role of Associate Dean Education. She works closely with undergraduate and postgraduate students as well staff, within the wider Bay of Plenty community. Her focus is on early childhood education and the work of the 'eye'.

Research Supervised

Jayne is currently co-supervising 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; Bridgette Redder's PhD thesis on Teacher self-study with infants; Rene Novak's study of virtual reality as a route to creative plan in ECE; Patricia Ong's comparative study of early years assessment in Singapore and New Zealand; and Dandan Cao's investigation of touch screen use across China and New Zealand. She co-supervised Richard Heraud's PhD recently thesis on political subjectivity and innovation and has also sole supervised a number of 2, 3 and 4 paper Masters theses, including those of two WMIER scholars, which have gained first class distinctions. Several of her students are part of the WMIER Video lab in Tauranga - see and Jayne regularly supervises summer scholars who are interested in working alongside her and her research interests to generate important insights into children and their learning. She also teaches at postgraduate level across papers to support philosophical thought, and is currently co-authoring a text book on this topic.

Recent Publications

  • White, E. J., & Gradovski, M. (2018). Untangling (some) philosophical knots concerning love and care in early childhood education. International Journal of Early Years Education, 26(2), 201-211. doi:10.1080/09669760.2018.1458602

  • 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:

  • Redder, B., & White, E. J. (2017). Implicating teachers in infant–peer relationships: Teacher answerability through alteric acts. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhhood, 18(4), 422-433. Retrieved from

  • White, E. J. (2017). A feast of fools: Mealtimes as democratic acts of resistance and collision in early childhood education. Knowledge Cultures, 5(3), 89-97.

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