jane waters

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

Applied Research Lead (Education)

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



  • Strategic leadership of the education research strategy within the Institute
  • Management of education-facing PGR provision
  • Director of Professional Doctorate in Education (ED D)
  • Coordination and liaison with external education bodies (Welsh Government, regional consortia, Local authorities, schools, education research associations) in regards to education research
  • Member REF team for education.

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 and the development of the new Curriculum for Wales. 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 early concept development and their 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. 

I am heavily involved in doctoral-level supervision and the development and delivery of accredited research programmes, such as the Professional Doctorate in Education ([Ed D] and the Masters by Research (MRes) in Creative Learning. 

Organisation

Membership Type

Date of Membership
European Early Childhood Education Research Association  (EECERA)  Normal From 2010
EECERA Outdoor Play and Learning SIG convenor   Normal From 2017

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 - 2018

Higher Education Academy  

 Senior Fellow

From 2016

  • Early childhood education 
  • Outdoor play and learning in the early years  
  • Pedagogy and pedagogic spaces  
  • Research methods: undergraduate, masters and postgraduate  
  • Post-graduate research supervision  
  • Doctoral programmes  

Research interests in outdoor play and learning in the early years, early childhood education/pedagogy particularly the interaction between adult and child, affordance theory and the voice of the young child. Further interest in professional learning for early childhood practitioners and teachers. 

Most recently research activity has involved working with Flying Start providers across one local authority to support young children’s curiosity and concept development through adult meta-talk and provision of exploratory play opportunities.  

Other research activity is located within the changing education landscape in Wales, exploring the implementation of progression within the new Curriculum for Wales and the nature of change as experienced by professionals involved in the provision of Initial Teacher Education.   

  • Early childhood education 
  • Outdoor play and learning in the 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 children’s early education 
  • Young children’s participation and well-being in the early years of schooling 
  • Initial teacher education.

Nature of Contribution

Organisation

By Invitation

Date

Speaker

Education Workforce Council (EWC):
Developing teacher research

Yes

2019

International Keynote

Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), Singapore: annual  Early Childhood Conference 

Yes

2019

Keynote early career researchers

British Society Research in Learning in Mathematics  (BSRLM)

Yes

2018

Keynote

Children in Wales Annual conference

Yes

2017

Keynote at AGM/Annual seminar 

Early Education

Yes

2015

Keynote Speaker: with Professor Jane Payler

International Professional Development Association Annual Conference;

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

Name of Organisation

Nature of Involvement

Date

International Professional Development Association Journal

Guest editor Special issue  Professional Development in Education 41 (2) 161-168 Early Years Special Issue: DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2014.1000503

2015

Swansea Early Years Strategy Board

Member of local authority/health board strategy group 

2016

Welsh Government

Member Welsh Government panel for the review of Teachers’
Professional Standards. 

2015-2017

Member Strategic Stakeholder panel: curriculum review group

2015-2018

Member Welsh Government Task and Finish group: Foundation Phase.

2015-2018

Member National Strategy for Education Research and Enquiry group

2019-ongoing

British Academy

Peer reviewer for the Early Childhood Development Programme, part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

2017

Funding body 

Nature of Involvement 

Date 

Arts Council Wales/ Welsh Government  

 

PI: Project Director: 

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. 

Dec 2015 – March 2020 

Welsh Government grant supported (£200K) 

Co PI 

CAMAU (progression) project 

Exploring the articulation of learning progression in the development of the new Welsh curriculum. 

Jan 2017 – Jan 2020 

Articles:  

Murphy, A. & Waters, J(under review) Children’s participation rights in research:  Are good intentions masking lived experiences? Children & Society  

Waters, J. & MacDonald, N. (2020) The value of using children’s learning experiences to target professional learning in early years pre-school staff: the experience of one local authority in Wales Early Years: an international research journalhttps://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2020.1742666  

Waters, J. & Sharpling, E. (2020 in press) Changing the Lens: mapping the development of research dispositions in programmes of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Wales Journal for Education 22 (1)  

Tinney, G., MacDonald, N., Waters, J. & Gealy, A-M. (2020 accepted for publication) A socio-constructivist approach to developing a professional learning intervention for early childhood education and care practitioners in Wales Professional Development in Education https://doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2020.1742187  

Waters, J Rekers, A. (2019) Young Children’s Outdoor Play-Based Learning. In: Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Peters RDeV, eds. Brussoni M, topic ed. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.child-encyclopedia.com%2Foutdoor-play%2Faccording-experts%2Fyoung-childrens-outdoor-play-based-learning&data=02%7C01%7Cjane.waters%40uwtsd.ac.uk%7Ca1b0202254194f2d6ec008d6d3b8a316%7C4e0f11f9046e45059cb8db2152311e21%7C0%7C1%7C636929187302141145&sdata=zCkh7hORO7E8yu%2F5UqiEjUNWuJLcKQqs%2BVONAFmP%2F5E%3D&reserved=0 . Published May 2019. Accessed May 7, 2019. 

Bateman, A. & Waters J. (2018) Risk-Taking in the New Zealand Bush: Issues of Resilience and WellbeingAsia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education; Special issue. 12 (2) 7-29. http://www.pecerajournal.com/?page=3&vol=12&no=2  

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 

Lewis, A., Sarwar, S., Tyrie, J., Waters, J. and Williams, J. (2017) Exploring the Extent of Enactment of Young Children's Rights in the Education System in WalesWales Journal of Education, 19(2), 27-50. 

Barnes, J., 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 WalesEarly 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 

Books:  

Barnes, J., and Waters, J. (2018) Reform of Initial Teacher Education in Wales: taking an analytical approach to the issues using activity theory, Attard Tonna, M. and Madalińska-Michalak, J. (Eds) Teacher Education Policy and Practice: International Perspectives and Inspirations TEPE 2018 Monograph https://tepe.wordpress.com/publications/tepe-2018-monograph/  

Waters, J., Payler, J. and Jones, K. (2018) The Professional Development of Early Years Educators [Eds] Routledge: Abingdon 

Waters, J. (2017) ‘Affordance Theory’, in The SAGE Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learningeds 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. [EdsEarly 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.