Our Life members
Professor E. Jayne White
Has a long-standing interest in the work of OMEP, now spanning over thirty years. As an ECE teacher, then teacher educator, she has represented Aotearoa New Zealand across numerous OMEP fora. She served as President over several years, held the international research portfolio leading the New Zealand arm of the International Play Project. Jayne is also a co-editor of OMEPs International Journal of Early Childhood, and currently co-leads the development of the OMEP Water Project in her capacity as Professor II at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. As Professor ECE at University of Canterbury, NZ, Adjunct Professor RMIT (Melbourne) and International Editor-in-Chief of Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy, Jayne's work focuses on the complex processes and practices of meaning making in contemporary 'open' societies that are focussed on pedagogical possibilities for proto learners. She critically engages with a variety of methods to support her work, including the extensive and original use of 'polyphonic video' - and other means of visual ethnography and digital tools for pedagogical practice. At the heart of her practice lies a strong emphasis on dialogic pedagogy, and the ways in which teachers across the globe can best engage within complex learning relationships - regardless of the age of the learner.
Our Honorary members
Anne was one of the first PhD graduates in Aotearoa New Zealand whose study focused on early childhood education. She also has a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE). As well as teaching primary and early childhood education aged children, Anne has been a university lecturer and academic researcher at Victoria University and the NZ Council for Educational Research (NZCER). She was seconded twice from academic positions to serve different Ministers of Education in policy advisory roles (e.g., culminating the Meade report in 1988). Anne was the Director of NZCER before becoming an independent education consultant working in Aotearoa New Zealand, England and State of Qatar. Anne and her daughter Linda co-founded Daisies Early Education and Care Centre in 2008, and Anne continues to contribute as one of Daisies pedagogical leaders.