Dr Jane Waters  BSc (Hons), PGCE, MA[Ed], PhD

Assistant Dean Research and Knowledge Transfer

Swansea

Tel: +44 (0)1792 482103
E-mail: jane.waters@uwtsd.ac.uk

jane waters

Strategic lead for research and knowledge transfer activity within Faculty.

Faculty Research Director for postgraduate research.

Oversight of research and knowledge transfer activity within Faculty.

Oversight of ethical approval processes within Faculty.

Following an undergraduate Science degree and a year of working overseas, I undertook a PGCE and taught in inner-city schools in London and the South East of England in communities of multi-faith/ multi-culture and socio-economic deprivation for a number of years. With a move to Wales I undertook an MA [Education] and began working in the HE sector contributing to, and then leading, post-graduate Initial Teacher Education and undergraduate Early Childhood Studies programmes.

I completed my PhD in 2011 which focused on child-initiated interaction between early years children and their teachers indoors and outdoors, and the associated opportunities for sustained and shared thinking.

The empirical work took place in settings preparing for the introduction to the Foundation Phase and I maintain a keen interest in this Welsh Government initiative. My current research activity is related to educative interaction in the early years and the contribution of different spaces to such interaction; pedagogies that support children’s autonomy/ rights; outdoor learning in the early years. I am also working on research projects related to professional learning in early years, and initial teacher education.

In my current role I lead the research and knowledge transfer strategies across the Faculty of Education and Communities; I am heavily involved in doctoral-level supervision and the development of accredited research programmes, such as the Education Doctorate ([Ed D] and the Masters by Research (MRes) in Creative Learning. 

Organisation

Membership Type

Date of Membership

European Early Childhood Education Research Association 

Normal

From 2010

British Educational Research Association

Normal

From 2014

International Professional Development Association

Normal

From 2014

Early Education

Normal

From 2014

TACTYC Association for Professional Development in Early Years

Normal

From 2014

UCET (Universities Council for Education of Teachers)

Chair National Committee (UCET Cymru)

From 2014

Higher Education Academy

Senior Fellow

From 2016

In my current role I lead the research and knowledge transfer strategies across the Faculty of Education and Communities and for Yr Athrofa ; I am heavily involved in doctoral-level supervision, internal and external examination of theses, and the development of accredited research programmes, such as the Education Doctorate [Ed D]  and the Masters by Research (MRes) in Creative Learning.

  • Early childhood education and play
  • Outdoor play in the early years
  • Primary education
  • Teacher-child interaction
  • Co-constructed and scaffolded learning
  • Learner voice (early and middle childhood)
  • Children’s wellbeing
  • Socio-cultural qualitative research methods
  • Education research 
  • Early childhood education
  • Outdoor play and learning in early years
  • Theoretical application of affordance theory
  • Teacher-learner interaction in the early years
  • Quality measures in early years provision  
  • Use of outdoor space in in children’s early education
  • Young children’s participation and well-being in the early years of schooling
  • Initial teacher education

Funded research project:

£ 125,695 City and County of Swansea, Neath Port Talbot Borough Council, (co-researcher PI: Professor Trisha Maynard 2008)

  • Phase One: Taking Reggio Outside: Exploring Reggio-inspired approaches in the Outdoor Environment (January 2007– August 2008) Presented at EECERA annual conference August 2008 Stavanger, Norway
  • Phase Two: ‘The ‘underachieving’ child: exploring the impact of the outdoor environment on children’s learning, behaviour and well-being’ (September 2008- August 2009).
  • Phase Three: Young Children’s Well-being in Early Years Settings (September 2009- August 2010)

Consultancy: Teacher-learner interaction 

International Consultant: teaching and learning under the Te Whāriki framework funded project based at Waikato University

Consultant: TLRI (New Zealand); Feb 2012 – June 2013 Grant holder: Amanda Bateman University of Waikato New Zealand: ‘Pedagogical intersubjectivity: understanding how teaching and learning moments occur between children and teachers through everyday conversations in New Zealand’ . http://www.tlri.org.nz/tlri-research/research-progress/ece-sector/pedagogical-intersubjectivity-understanding-how-teaching

Funded research project:

Cross-curricular approaches to Health and Wellbeing in the secondary school curriculum:  UWTSD WBFGA start-up fund (2016-17)

Space, learning and teaching: What are the opportunities provided by an innovative ‘learning studio’ space for developing higher education pedagogies? £5000 (HEA Future Directions Enhancement grant 2015-16)

Project Director:

Arts Council Wales/ Welsh Government: Regional Art in Education Network: £1million project to develop and coordinate the Arts and Creativity offer to schools in the South West and Mid-Wales region.

Working in partnership with ERW regional consortium (Dec 2015 – June 2020).

Articles:

Bilton, H. and Waters, J. (2017) Why take young children outside? A critical consideration of the professed aims for outdoor learning in the early years by teachers from England and Wales. Social Sciences: special issue: Equality and Social Inclusion: The Role of Education 6 (1) 1; doi:10.3390/socsci6010001

Barnes, J., Tanner, H., and Waters, J. (2016) Initial Teacher Education in Wales; Innovation Inspired Across Borders, in proceedings of Teacher Education Policy in Europe Network, Malta.

Waters, J. (2016) The Foundation Phase in Wales – time to grow up?  Wales Journal of Education, 18.1 179-198.

Waters, J. (2016) A view from Wales. Early Education Journal. Spring 2016 edition, 2-5.

Chicken, S., Egan, D. and Waters, J. (2015) Making Effective Use of the Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant: A Resource for Leaders and Practitioners. Cardiff: Wales Centre for Equity in Education.

Chicken, S., Egan, D., Parkins, A., Siraj, I. and Waters, J. (2015) What really works for the early years. Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Waters, J. and Payler, J. (2015) Editorial: The professional development of Early Years Educators – achieving systematic, sustainable and transformative change Professional Development in Education 41 (2) 161-168 Early Years Special Issue: DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2014.1000503. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2014.1000503

Bateman, A. & Waters, J. (2013) Asymmetries of knowledge between children and teachers on a New Zealand bush walk, Australian Journal of Communication (Special Issue on Asymmetries of Knowledge), 40(2).

Waters, J. & Bateman, A. (2013) ‘Revealing the interactional features of learning and teaching moments in outdoor activity’ European Early Childhood Education Research Journal  DOI:10.1080/1350293X.2013.798099

Maynard, T., Waters, J. & Clement, J. (2013) Child-initiated learning, the outdoor environment and the 'underachieving' child. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development 30 (1)  DOI:10.1080/09575146.2013.771152

Waters, J. (2011) A sociocultural consideration of child-initiated interaction with teachers in indoor and outdoor spaces PhD thesis: Swansea University.

Maynard, T., Waters, J. & Clement, J. (2011) Moving outdoors: further explorations of ‘child-initiated’ learning in the outdoor environment Education 3-13 International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education DOI:10.1080/03004279.2011.578750 iFirst article 1-18

Waters, J. & Maynard, T. (2010) What’s so interesting outside? A study of child-initiated interaction with teachers in the natural outdoor environment. European Early Childhood Education Research Association Journal: Special Edition 18 (4) 473-83

Maynard, T., Morgan, A., Waters, J. & Williams, J. (2010) The Foundation Phase. In J. Furlong [Ed] The Teaching and Learning Research Programme in Wales. Cardiff: WERN/ESRC/WAG

Maynard, T., Waters, J., M, Howard, J. L., Merriman, E., McLachlan, C. and Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2009) ‘Exploring early years practitioners’ ‘effective’ verbal interactions in the outdoor environment’, The Welsh Journal of Education, 14 (2) 2009: 117-123.

Aasen, W., Grindheim, L.T. & Waters,  J. (2009)The outdoor environment as a site for children’s participation, meaning making and democratic learning: examples from Norwegian kindergartens Education 3-13 37 (1) 5-13

Waters, J. & Begley, S. (2007) Supporting the development of risk-taking behaviours in the Early Years: an exploratory study Education 3-13 35 (4) 365-377

Maynard, T. & Waters, J. (2007) Learning in the Outdoor Environment: a missed opportunity? Early Years 27 (3) 255-265

Aasen, W. & Waters, J. (2006) The New Curriculum in Wales: a new view of the child? Education 3 – 13 34 (2) 123 - 129

 

Books:

Waters, J. (2017) ‘Affordance Theory’, in The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning, eds Tim Waller, Eva Ärlemalm-Hagsér, Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter, Libby Lee-Hammond, Kristi Lekies and Shirley Wyver. London: SAGE.

Waters, J. and Maynard, T. (2017) Organising the environment indoors and out in Moyles, J. Beginning Teaching: Beginning Learning. [5th ed]  OUP. 

Maynard, T. and Waters, J. [Eds](2014) Exploring outdoor play in the early years McGraw-Hill: Open University Press

Waters, J. (2014) Physical development and outdoor play; in Moyles, J., Payler, J. & Georgeson, J. [Eds] Early Years Foundations: Meeting the Challenge, Open University Press second edition

Waters J. (2014) Well being in Waller T. and Davies, G.  [Eds.] An introduction to early childhood (3rd edition). London: Sage

Waters, J. (2013) ‘Children Telling Adults of Their Interest in Wild Spaces in Wales’ in Knight, S. International Perspectives on Forest School: Natural Spaces to Play and Learn. London: SAGE.

Palaiologou, I., Walsh, G., MacQuarrie, S., Waters, J. & Dunpby, E (2013) The National Picture. In I. Palaiologou [Ed.] The Early Years Foundation Stage: theory and practice London: Sage

Waters, J. and Maynard, T. (2011) Organising the environment indoors and out in Moyles, J. Beginning Teaching: Beginning Learning. [4th ed]  OUP. 

Waters J. (2009) Well being in Waller T. [Ed.] An introduction to early childhood (2nd edition). London: Sage

Name of Conference

Nature of Involvement

Date

National Early Years Conference for Wales

Steering group member/ organiser

Chair: Early Years Special Interest Group; Wales Centre for Equity in Education/ Faculty Education and Communities UWTSD

6th July 2016

 

Speaker: Capita Early Years conference: Effective Use of the Early Years Pupil Deprivation GrantCardiff September 22nd 2016

Keynote speaker: British Early Childhood Education Research Association Annual Conference: Reconfiguring the notions of risk, adventure and challenge.Birmingham Feb 16th 2016

Keynote Speaker: International Professional Development Association Annual Conference; with Professor Jane Payler: Professional development of early years educators: achieving systematic, sustainable and transformative change – from what to what?  Birmingham Nov 27th 2015

Wales representative: National Early Years Annual Seminar: workforce development. London November 14th 2015

Speaker Children in Wales Annual Conference: What do we mean by well-being?  The Importance of the Early Years & Childcare – why it matters that we get it right.  20th January 2015. Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff.

Keynote speaker:  Outdoor Learning Steering Committee seminar; Stranmillis University College, Queens University Belfast. 23rd May 2013 Developing an educational workforce to inspire a generation to be outdoors, active and engage in their natural learning environment.

Steering Group for the SPARK Pop in and Play evaluation March- August 2012

Lead speaker: Landscapes for Early Childhood Network: Trinity Saint David 19th April 2012; Developing Outdoor Learning Environments

Keynote speaker OMEP annual general meeting 20th November 2010. London: ‘Time to listen to the children’ With Julia Manning-Norton (LMU) and Trisha Maynard (Christchurch Canterbury).

Nature of Contribution

Organisation

By Invitation

Date

Keynote at AGM/Annual seminar 

Early Education

Yes

2015

Reviewer for associated journal

International Professional Development Association

Yes

From 2014

Reviewer for associated journal

European Early Childhood Education Research Association 

Yes

From 2015

Keynote at Annual conference

British Early Childhood Education Research Association 

Yes

2016

Guest editor for special edition

International Professional Development Association

Yes

2015

Speaker (Wales representative)

BERA (early years SIG) /TACTYC national seminar

Yes

2013

Speaker

Children in Wales Annual conference

Yes

2014