I am delighted to announce the arrival of our new Professor of Early Childhood Education, Jayne White. Jayne is currently Associate Dean, Education Tauranga at the University of Waikato. Over the course of her distinguished career Jayne has received multiple awards for teaching and research excellence. She has held visiting scholar positions in Norway, Finland and the UK and academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington and the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. As Fellow of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) Jayne’s scholarship seeks to bring educational thought to bear on early years pedagogical practice as a provocation and a means of thinking differently about teaching, learning and learners. In addition Jayne has worked as a early childhood educator over a number of years in a range of settings in New Zealand – her career spanning the lifetime of the ECE curriculum document, Te Whariki.
Central to her focus is an emphasis on ‘the work of the eye/I” through the polyphonic use of video as methodology for teachers. Expanding on this interest with colleagues Jayne co-founded the Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy in 2016. The journal is the first of its kind to foreground education and pedagogy containing a strong video/visual component and sets an agenda for expanded ways of ‘seeing’ and, by association, ‘thinking’ pedagogies in their broadest sense. She is also co-editor of Under-three Year Olds in Policy and Practice a Springer book series dedicated to under three year-olds in terms of policy, practice and pedagogy. Dialogic pedagogy has underpinned much of her work over recent years. Her 2016 book titled Introducing dialogic pedagogy: Provocations for the early years explores this central theoretical platform, emphasising an educational agenda beyond traditional notions of teaching and learning and associated strongholds. I look forward to the ways in which Jayne will bring these themes to her work with us at RMIT.
Jayne is due to commence on August 1. She will be in town in late April and I’m pleased she will be attending our PL Day on April 26. I know she is looking forward to meeting all staff.