Mr Jon White

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Position: Senior Lecturer and School/College liaison tutor for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: Early Years

Research Centre: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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I teach classes across a range of modules within the Early Childhood Studies degree.

My particular interests are in how the views of children can be understood and how children are involved with research. I am also interested in how the experience of children is managed as they move between children's services. I believe it is very important that children are given the opportunity to develop resilience when they are young, as resilient children grow into resilient adults.

I am the school and college liaison tutor for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme and as such am often the first point of contact for potential new students. I do my best to welcome applicants to the University of Derby so that the process of moving to a University is as straightforward as possible. I welcome contact by both email or by phone.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach a second year module called "The Early Years Researcher" and a third year optional module called "The Young Child in Transition: Supporting Change and Developing Resilience". I supervise a number of Independent Studies dissertations each year.

As a Personal Tutor, I have a small group of tutees at each stage of the degree. I support their professional development and placement experience.

Professional interests

My professional interests revolve around the process of Transition. Whether this is when a child moves from home to nursery, or whether it is when an adult decides to come to university, there needs to be an understanding of how the processes are planned and managed. I believe that if this process is effective, it will lead to the development of resilience so that individuals can better cope with what life (or University) brings them.

Research interests

I have recently carried out an audit of our admissions process to explore the effectiveness of "first contacts".

I regularly visit the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium and Austria to work with early years professionals in these countries.

Membership of professional bodies

Ethics Committee Education Studies Advisory Board.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Undergraduate Qualifications 

  • BEd (Hons), University of Exeter (1978)

Postgraduate Qualifications 

  • Advanced Diploma in Educational Management, Open University (1990)
  • MA (Ed), Open University (1993)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)

Recent publications

  • "Making a Little Difference for early childhood studies students" in Papatheodorou T and Moyles J (2009) Learning Together in the Early Years Routledge.
  • "The European Citizen" Focus on Awareness of Culture and Education for International Teachers (FACE-IT) (2009) (online resource).
  • Brown M and White J (2014) Exploring Childhood in a Comparative Context Oxford: Routledge
  • White J  Children's Places in O'Grady A and Cottle V (2016) Exploring Education at Postgraduate Level, Oxford: Routledge
  • The Development of Soft Skills and Professional Competencies for European Teachers (2016) available at

Recent conferences

  • FACE-IT conference at the University of Uludag, Bursa, Turkey: (September 2008) "The Euro and what it means for teachers"
  • FACE-IT conference at Hogeschool Edith Stein, Hengelo, Netherlands:(September 2009) "European Citizenship" and "Transitions for International Teachers - what it means to teach overseas"
  • Erasmus exchange visit -  International education programme at Hogeschool Edith Stein, Hengelo, Netherlands: "Inclusion" (April 2011)
  • VoiceS - the Voice of the European teacher: Conference in Hengelo (Nov 2012) and Brussels (March 2013)
  • VoiceS - the Voice of the European Teacher: Conference in Derby (Nov 2014)
  • In-Service training: Olomouc, Czech Republic (March 2015)
  • International Week: Graz, Austria: a conference of International Education (Keynote speaker - "21st century skills: planning for an uncertain future" (May 2015)
  • VoiceS - the Voice of the European Teacher: Conference in Olomouc, Czech Republic (September 2015)
  • International Week at The University of Saxion, Enschede, NL. (Delivered workshops to teachers and early years practitioners) "Making Silences Speak": the importance of acknowledging silence when conducting interviews with children and young people. November 2016


Additional interests and activities

As School/College liaison tutor for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme, I am happy to visit schools and colleges to give a short interactive presentation on University life, Early Childhood Studies and how to prepare your University personal statement.

I  welcome contact by either phone or email.

International experience

I regularly visit the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium and Austria to work with early years professionals in these countries.

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