John White


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John White has worked as a primary school teacher, primary school principal, primary school inspector and is now working in the School of Policy and Practice.  He works as Director of Professional Placement and Director of the DCU Changemaker Schools Network. He also works on undergraduate and post-graduate programs in the Institute of Education.  His interests include classroom communication, nonverbal communication, creativity, arts-based research, leadership, embodied cognition, Science and Mathematics education.


Year Publication
2021 Professor David B. Givens and Dr John White (2021) The Routledge Dictionary of Nonverbal Communication. UK: Routledge. [DOI]
2011 John White and John Gardner (2011) The Classroom X- Factor: The Power of Body Language and Non-verbal Communication in Teaching. United Kingdom: Routledge. [Link]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2019 John White (2019) 5th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, Trinity College Dublin Outlaws without Words: The Value of Using the Verbal (Story) in the study of Nonverbal Communication Dublin, . [DOI]
2018 John White (2018) ESAI Reflecting on nonverbal differentiation in the Irish primary classroom. Education Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), University College Dublin UCD, .
2017 John White (2017) European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Copenhagen, Denmark 2016 Conscription or Cooperation: Exploring the (De)Motivational Perspectives on Being Cooperating Teachers on School Placement Copenhagen, .

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2022 David B. Givens and John White (2022) 'Givens, D.B. and White, J. (2022) Love Signals and the Reproductive Force. In Sternberg, R.J. and Kostić A. (Eds), Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships. What words don’t tell us' In: Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp 105-136. London : Palgrave Macmillan.

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2021 Damien Burke and John White (2021) ME1 8 Private Lives - The Work of Mathematics Leaders in Irish Primary Schools [DOI]
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Committee Function From / To
Member of DCU Changemaker Advisory Committee -


Employer Position From / To
DCU Director of DCU Changemaker Schools Network -
DCU Director of Professional Placement 01/09/2021 - 14/06/2022

Outreach Activities

Year Engagement Type Organisation Description
2022 DCU in the Community Network John works as Director of the DCU Changemaker Schools Network which empowers all school community network members to be active citizens for positive change.


Title Year Type Authors
Promising practices in unprecedented times 2022 Newspaper article (Print) John White and Fiona Collins

Research Interests

I have been involved in research in primary schools in the following fields: teaching skills, nonverbal communication, peer appraisal, leadership, well-being, embodied cognition, creativity and the use of arts-based methods in educational research.

Current research work examines the value and use of embodied cognition as a method for delivering science education in Irish primary schools. 

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
Physics in Action DCU PI 01/01/2021 31/12/2021
Science in Action for Pupil Learning DCU PI 01/01/2022 31/12/2022

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests span a variety of fields which include arts-based research, reflective practice, classroom communication, non-verbal communication, well-being, creativity, Mathematics education and school self-evaluation.

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 School Placement 4 ED3903
2022 School Placement & Online Teaching Learning ED8079
2022 School Placement 5 ED3904
2022 School Placement 3 ED3902
2022 School Placement ED2900
2020 School Placement 3 ED8056