Conference Committee

Programme committee:

Jayne White has a long-standing interest in education, with particular emphasis on early years pedagogy. Her interest in various aspects of teaching and learning spans the domains of infant and toddler education, play, democracy, environmental education, classroom education, assessment and evaluation. She 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. At the heart of her practice lies a strong emphasis on dialogic pedagogy, and the ways in which teachers can best engage within learning relationships – regardless of the age of the learner. To this end, Jayne explores philosophical ideas and their potential contribution to pedagogy. She also engages in empirical projects that bring these ideas to life. Staff profile here

Lynley Tulloch is a lecturer in the Department of Policy, Cultural and Social Studies, Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She teaches in in the fields of environmental and sustainability education and cultural and linguistic diversity. Her research interests focus on Marxian theory; neo-liberalism; women and nature; and sustainability and education. Lynley’s doctoral study applies critical discourse analysis to sustainable development debates and educational policy in New Zealand. Staff profile here. 

Lia de Vocht's research interests are around the educational field from early childhood to tertiary education. She is particularly interested in social justice, children's voices, working in partnership with parents and complexity of learning. She uses post-structural philosophies and sociocultural pedagogies to extend my thinking. Her PhD focuses on teachers' beliefs and practice of dialogue with children in early childhood settings. She has been involved in research around children's voices, secondary students as co-researchers, socio-cultural assessment practices and teachers' dialogues with children. Research profile here.

Carl Mika has recently completed his PhD titled 'Reclaiming mystery: A Māori philosophy of Being, in light of Novalis' ontology' and a background in law. His interests are in phenomenological aspects of the Māori worldview; Early German Romanticism and Heideggerean philosophy; the impacts of philosophical colonisation on indigenous peoples; the law and Māori. He has expertise in Education, Indigenous Education, Māori, Māori History, Māori Identity and Māori Legal Issues. Staff profile here.

Sonja Arndt is a lecturer in a wide range of topics across the early childhood teacher education programmes, with a particular interest in feminist, philosophical blurring of fixed boundaries, towards meaningful, relevant contextualisations. She continues to confront her practices and engagements with students and teachers, through her own research, publications and conference participation. Her interests include feminist and philosophical perspectives and interrogations of cultural otherness and notions of the foreigner, intercuturalism and critical multiculturalism.  Her research is driven by and responds to her experiences of teaching in diverse early childhood settings in Aotearoa and Germany, and as a lecturer of a diverse range of students.  Her current research is focused on the experiences of immigrant teachers as others in educational settings, and reconceptualising understandings of living with the foreigner.

Bridgette Redder has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching in Early childhood Education. Bridgette is presently undertaking a Bachelor of Teaching with Honours at the University of Waikato. 

Tony Cartner has interests in teaching to disengaged domestic students and Non-Native Speakers of English(NNSE) students. He was formerly lecturing in Physical Chemistry and Associate Dean(undergraduates) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Waikato. His involvement with the bridging education programmes, Te Timatanga Hou(TTH) and the Certificate of University Preparation(CUP)  in Science & Engineering lead to a 2 year secondment to the Waikato Pathways College where he provided leadership and management for  the Academic English, Foundation Studies , CUP and TTH programmes. Tony is currently the Bridging Programme Leader at the College in the Faculty of Education and has particular interests in meeting the academic English language needs of NNSE students in Foundation Studies. These E2 students are recipients of E1 teaching and present for Tony an interesting problem in reader-response/addressivity viz polyauralcy, the recipient equivalent of polyphony in Bakhtin’s writing.

Janet Franks (Prokopova)  is a Foundation member of the New Zealand Russian (Waikato) Friendship (since 1985) and the New Zealand Russian Community Trust. Through aesthetic visual arts and performances, the society has fostered community awareness to the cultural presence of Russians New Zealanders and the contributions made to society. The society gifted the 17th C. Log Bell Tower to Hamilton Gardens in 2002 and have since held 3 major concerts and exhibitions promoting 'cultural unity' and good will. Throught the years, the society has supported and educated the public about cultural aspects of Russia through the multicultural frameworks of the Waikato society. Janet has also been a tutor in the high school ACE ESOL program for over a decade, and has 20 years experience in psychiatric rehabilitation. She also has worked in the Veterinary Faculty at Massey for 8 years. 

Viv Aitken*is Senior lecturer in drama education at the Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, where she contributes to preservice programmes for primary generalist and secondary specialist teachers as well as supervising postgraduate research into classroom drama. In her practice and her research, Viv has a particular interest in the use of drama as pedagogy, including Dorothy Heathcote's Mantle of the Expert approach to teaching and learning. Viv has written about teaching in role, power and positioning in the classroom, the teacher - student relationship and drama in inclusive settings. Her first book Connecting Curriculum, Linking Learning co-authored with Deb Fraser and Barb Whyte was published earlier this year. Viv also has a passion for organising conferences and was convenor for the Weaving our Stories: Mantle of the Expert International Conference in 2009 and Te Kore - Drama NZ conference earlier in 2013.

Brian Edmiston* is a Professor of Drama in Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University.  His scholarship focuses on drama in literacy, language, and literature teaching, dramatic inquiry as a P-12 cross-curricular pedagogy, and drama as ethical education.  Brian regularly teaches and conducts research in P-12 classrooms in central Ohio.  He has also conducted research, led workshops for teachers, and taught in classrooms in both England and Northern Ireland.  He has authored over forty publications including three books.  His fourth book is in press.
Brian has also directed the professional development of teachers at Ohio State as part of the partnership between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the university. Staff profile here.
Ana Marjanovic-Shane* is an Associate Professor of Education at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA. She is working on developing a socio-cultural approach to education, which is based on the key aspects of creative activities: play and drama, imagination, the arts. In her analytic approach, Ana uses a Bakhtinian dialogic approach and an ecological orientation to understand the dynamics of events, the ways participants act and relate to each other, how they deeply experience these events (perezhivanie) and ways in which they create meanings. In Ana's view, education should be understood as a creative praxis of meaning making. In this view, teaching should be regarded as an art rather than a technology. Ana is working on developing an approach to education which is both based on key aspects of play and drama, and on using drama in education as an instructional design.


*Special responsibility for Dialogic Pedagogy Institute

Administrative support:

Courtney White is a post-graduate student at the University of Waikato, completing her Honours degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, with a further interest in Education and Psychology. Her research looks into the intersections between feminism and vegan praxis through narrative of vegan-feminists in New Zealand. Courtney was an administrative assistant within the university for over a year, organising two international conferences and one national graduate conference in 2012 within the Faculty of Education. She looks forward to the challenges of further learning about Mikhail Bakhtin through helping to organise the conference.

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