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Institute of Early Childhood

Dr Peter Whiteman

bio Whiteman PeterPosition: Senior Lecturer

Role: Head of Department

Email: peter.whiteman@mq.edu.au

Fax: +61 2 9850 9883

Phone: +61 2 9850 9890

Office: X5B 363

Qualifications:

  • BMusEd(Sydney CAE)
  • MEd (University of New South Wales)
  • Kodály Cert (Holy Names College)
  • PhD (University of New South Wales)

Areas of Expertise

  • Children's musical cultures
  • Musical development and learning
  • Symbol systems

Profile

I am interested in children's musical cultures: how children make, engage with and understand music in their lives. I have undertaken research in these and related areas in Australia and the United States. I am committed to acknowledging children's agency and where possible, positioning them as participants in rather than subjects of research. I am also interested in the symbol systems with which children engage to communicate with others.

I have worked with young children and their families in a range of prior-to-school, school and community settings and since 1999 have worked in universities in early childhood education. I am currently Head of the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University and am privileged to regularly spend time at the University of Washington as visiting scholar.

I have consulted to prior-to-school settings and schools and have undertaken research for government departments in two states of Australia.  I am currently involved in two research projects with colleagues in the United States and Africa:

  • a micro-ethnographic investigation of young children's capacity to theorise their musicking and music learning;
  • structural affordances and constraints related to children as agentive musickers in an era of regulation.

Teaching

Session

Unit Number

Unit Title

Role

 

1

ECED828

Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives

Convenor

 

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Name

Conferred

Research Topic

Meike Mackenzie

2013

Case study of the inclusion of a young child with Autism Spectrum Disorder into a mainstream early childhood setting in Australia

Lisa Deters

2013

Collective Caregiving: Reconceptualising the Role of Early Childhood Development in Emergencies

Rozana Lilley

2014

Experiences of School Choice and Change for Mothers of
Students Diagnosed with Autism

Zinnia Mevawalla

2016

Young Thinkers Without Borders: Critical Consciousness, Social Justice and Resistance - the Experiences of Young Street Children in Mumbai, India

Stacey Campbell

2016

Early Childhood Educators Views About Code Related Literacy Development, Phonics Instruction, and the use of Commercial Phonics Programs

Yany Lopez

2016

The Seesaw dynamic: Conceptualising child participation in a fragile context.
A case study of Cabusao, Philippines

Nanditha Hettitantri

Current

Love, Rights and Solidarity: Facilitating young children's wellbeing in a rebuilding post-conflict context in Sri Lanka

Aliza Salvador

Current

More than just toys: An investigation of the prevalence and use of toys that represent disability

Katie Wright

Current

Reducing barriers to being and doing in early childhood: Participatory action research with early childhood teachers

 

Publications

Book chapters

Year

Citation

2012

DeGioia, K., & Whiteman, P. (2012). Places. In P. Whiteman & K. DeGioia (Eds.), Children and childhoods 1: Perspectives, places and practices (pp. 75-84). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2012

Lum, C. H., & Whiteman, P. (2012). Children and childhoods. In C. H. Lum & P. Whiteman (Eds.), Musical childhoods of Asia and the Pacific (pp. 1-10). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

2012

Whiteman, P. (2012). Music, minds and myths. In S. Wyver & P. Whiteman (Eds.), Images of childhood. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2013

Whiteman, P. (2013). The complex ecologies of early childhood musical cultures. In P. S. Campbell & T. Wiggins (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Children's Musical Cultures (pp. 466-478). New York: Oxford University Press.

2012

Whiteman, P., & Campbell, P. S. (2012). Picture it!  Young children conceptualizing music. In C. H. Lum & P. Whiteman (Eds.), Musical childhoods of Asia and the Pacific (pp. 161-189). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

2012

Whiteman, P., DeGioia, K., & Dunn, R. (2012). Practices. In P. Whiteman & K. DeGioia (Eds.), Children and childhoods 1: Perspectives, places and practices (pp. 127-136). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2012

Whiteman, P., DeGioia, K., & Mevawalla, Z. (2012). Perspectives. In P. Whiteman & K. DeGioia (Eds.), Children and childhoods 1: Perspectives, places and practices (pp. 1-15). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2010 Whiteman, P. (2010). On being a discussant. In L.K. Thompson & M.R. Campbell (Eds.). Issues of Identity in Music Education: Narratives and Practices. (pp.128-134). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
2009 Whiteman, P. (2009). Type, function and musical features of preschool children's spontaneous songs. In L. Thompson & M. R. Campbell (Eds.), Advances in music education research, volume 2. Charlotte, NC: Information Age
2007 Whiteman, P. (2007, April). Young children's constructions of the musical knowledgeable other. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.
2006 Spedding, S., & Whiteman, P. (2006, July). Tools for investigating early literacy. Paper presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Child Development, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, SAR.
2002 Makin, L. & Whiteman, P. (2002). Music, literacy and the visual arts. In L. Makin & C. Jones-Diaz (Eds.), Literacies in early childhood (pp. 289-304). Melbourne: MacLennon & Petty.

Refereed Journal Articles

Year

Citation

2014

Hu, J., Torr, J., & Whiteman, P. (2014a). Australian Chinese parents' language attitudes and practices relating to their children's bilingual development prior to school. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 12(2), 139-153.

2014

Hu, J., Torr, J., & Whiteman, P. (2014b). 'Parents don't want their children to speak their home language': how do educators negotiate partnerships with Chinese parents regarding their children's use of home language and English in early childhood settings? Early Years, 34(3), 255-270.

2006 Whiteman, P. (2006). The emerging singing cultures of young children in Australia and Hawai'i. Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, 4(1), 65-83.
2006 Makin, L., & Whiteman, P. (2006). Young children as active participants in the investigation of early literacy. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 14(1), 33-42.

Other publications

Year

Citation

2008 Crawford, K., & Whiteman, P. (Eds.). (2008). CERC occasional papers, 1. Ourimbah, NSW: Centre for Education, Research and Children.
2008 Spedding, S., & Whiteman, P. (2008, January). Equipping children for multidimensional citizenship. Paper presented at the Making a Difference: Multidimensional Citizenship Education in a Changing World. Social Educators Association of Australia biennial conference, Newcastle, NSW.
2008 Whiteman, P. (2008, April). Type, function and musical features of preschool children's spontaneous songs. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.
2008 Whiteman, P. (2008, April). Picture it! - Children as researchers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.
2008 Whiteman, P. (2008). Young children's constructions of the musical knowledgeable other. In L. Thompson & M. R. Campbell (Eds.), Diverse methodologies in the study of music teaching and learning (pp. 25-43). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
2007 Makin, L. & Whiteman, P. (2007). Multilieracies and the arts. In L. Makin, C. Jones-Diaz & C. McLachlan (Eds.), Literacies in childhood (pp. 168-182). Sydney: Elsevier.
2006 Whiteman, P. (2006, July). The spontaneous vocal play of preschool children. Paper presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Child Development, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, SAR.
2005 Makin, L., & Whiteman, P. (2005, September). Instant video revisiting: Learning about children's understandings. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Pontypridd, Wales.
2005 Whiteman, P. (2005, April). Teaching, learning and celebrating the diverse musical identities of young children: Accountability to whom? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
2005 Whiteman, P. (2005, July). "Just 'cause we're singers and we always sing." The emerging singing cultures of young children and Australia and Hawai'i. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific Symposium on Music Education and Research, Seattle, Washington.

Grants 

Year Source Title Amount
2010 MQ Competitive Grants Scheme Student and staff perspectives and expectations of first-year students' academic skills. $9,754