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ProfessorE. Jayne White

Rehua 512
Internal Phone: 91473
It is absurd and potentially unethical to claim we can fully 'know' learners; but the effort of trying constitutes pedagogy at its best


Research Interests

My scholarship brings dialogic philosophy, pedagogy and methodology together to explore new ways of seeing and talking about becomings in education. As co-Director of Pedagogies of Possibility (PoP) and Editor-in-Chief of Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy I invoke a series of provocations, potentialities and possibilities concerning the work of the eye (and the co-constituted 'I') through visual technologies at my disposal, and in contemplation of educational thought and practice. I seek to retain the mystery of learners while supporting teachers to linger lovingly with those they seek to understand. I view this as a dialogic agenda for all who work with young lives, and actively work to collapse binaries that otherwise limit the potential for all learners to be taken very seriously, on their own terms, in educational spaces for learning. For this reason I work closely with language beyond words, play beyond romantic ideals and technologies for unimaginable futures. In doing so I advance visual pedagogies as an important portal for critical engagement with what we see.

I am currently actively seeking PhD students in all aspects of early learning scholarship.

My own research focus spans the following areas:
• Early Childhood Education
• Visual philosophy, ethics and method
• Dialogic Pedagogy and Philosophy
• Critical visual literacies
• Infant and toddler reconceptualisations in and for education
• International perspectives on quality ECE

Recent Publications

  • Elwick S. and White EJ. (2022) A paradox of age in early childhood education: A review of the literature and survey of Australian educators working with three-year-old children. Educational Research for Policy and Practice 21(3): 389-406. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10671-022-09311-6.
  • Gunn AC., White EJ. and Williams N. (2022) The status of the image in ECE assessment practice. Teachers' Work 19(1): 15-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.24135/teacherswork.v19i1.341.
  • Jandrić P., Martinez AF., Reitz C., Jackson L., Grauslund D., Hayes D., Lukoko HO., Hogan M., Mozelius P. and Arantes JA. (2022) Teaching in the Age of Covid-19—The New Normal. Postdigital Science and Education 4(3): 877-1015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s42438-022-00332-1.
  • Oropilla CT., Ødegaard EE. and White EJ. (2022) Visibilizing Everyday Intergenerational Engagements: Philippines in 2020 Lockdown. Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy 7(1): 1-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/23644583-bja10032.
  • White EJ. (2022) Utterance chains: A dialogic route to speculative thinking-with toddlers in the Chthulucene. Global Studies of Childhood 12(3): 249-262. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/20436106221117573.