Dr Janette P Kelly-Ware

Janette Kelly-Ware

Senior Lecturer in ECE

Qualifications: PhD (Waikato), M. Ed (Vic), B Soc Sci (Waikato), B Tchg ECE (Equivalence), NZFKU Diploma

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

PhD (in progress) - Working title: Indian early childhood teachers’ environmental identity in New Zealand education (2nd Supervisor)

M. Ed 30 point directed study (in progress) - A hop, skip and a jump or is it a fall?  Transition from Early Childhood Education settings to school.

M. Ed 60 point dissertation (2019) - He Waka Hourua: A Wahine Katorika negotiating contested spaces

M. Ed 60 point dissertation (2019) - Development of literacy in young children in ECE in Saudi Arabia

M. Ed 30 point directed study (2018) - The emergent reader's literacy slate

Research Interests

Diversity, the arts, and nature-based education connected to sustainability are all areas where it is possible for adults and children to see, think, and act differently.

Particularly in relation to diversity, dominant discourses often dictate correct and appropriate ways for people, including children, to behave.  Through my research and associated publications and presentations, I examine and challenge normative understandings traditionally seen in the literature.

Multiple and alternative perspectives are the focus of my research and I draw on critical, feminist post-structural, and socio-cultural theoretical perspectives where issues of power and social justice are foremost.

Recent Publications

  • Terrini, L., Danko McGhee, K., Denee, R., Lindsay, G., Johnston, M., Brooks, M., . . . Richards, R. (2020). Thinking outside the lines: Colouring-in books, templates and worksheets. ecARTnz, 19, 1-6. Retrieved from[1].pdf

  • Kelly, J., & Daly, N. (2019). Using Picturebook illustrations to help young children understand diversity. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 1(1), 1-11. Retrieved from file:///

  • Kelly, J. (2019). An open letter to teachers. Early Childhood Folio, 23(2), 14-17. doi:10.18296/ecf.0070

  • Kelly, J. (2019). An ‘open letter to teachers’. Teachers and Curriculum, 19(1), 55-60. doi:10.15663/tandc.v19i1.335

Find more research publications by Janette Kelly-Ware


Early Childhood/Early Years Education; Environment Issues; Gender; Inclusive Education

Social inclusion, diversity, gender and sexualities, sustainability and nature based education, the arts, picturebooks, working theories, STEEAM