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Amanda White

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Kairangahau | Researcher

Amanda has extensive experience working in education, mostly as a speech-language therapist with children, families/whānau and teachers in family homes and early childhood education or school contexts.

Amanda has recently completed her doctoral research using video methods to explore multimodal story interactions between 1-year-old children, their families, and teachers in a culturally linguistically diverse community of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Amanda’s current research interests include:

  • Exploring multimodal communication and literacies
  • Understanding children’s speech, language, communication and learning in the sociocultural contexts of early childhood education settings, schools, and family homes
  • Partnering with teachers, parents and whānau in culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Using qualitative research methods, including multimodal and thematic analysis of observational, interview, and video data


  • PhD in Education, University of Auckland
  • BSLT (Hons), University of Canterbury
  • BA (Hons) in Education, University of Canterbury