Senior Lecturer in Education (Early Years)
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Jane Murray, PhD is currently based in the Centre for Education and Research in the Faculty of Education and Humanities where she teaches and supervises education students to Level 8 and researches and writes for publication in the field of education, specialising in early childhood education and social inclusion. Jane has extensive editorial experience, including her current role as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Early Years Education, an established peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis. Based on empirical research findings, her book Building Knowledge in Early Childhood: Young Children Are Researchers was published by Routledge in 2017.
Jane was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and since 2010, has led on the MA Education (Early Years) pathway. Prior to this role, she led on the BA (Hons) Early Years Education (QTS) degree (2006-2010). Before working in Higher Education, Jane was a qualified teacher and consultant for two decades, working in early childhood settings, primary schools and music education. She also holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
Jane is a member of the European Early Childhood Educational Research Association, for which she co-convenes two special interest groups (SIGs) to support research and publication in the field of early childhood education: the Early Career Researchers’ SIG and the Young Children’s Perspectives SIG. Jane sits on the UK Executive Committees of both the Organisation Mondiale pour l’Éducation Pré-Scolaire (OMEP) and TACTYC (Training, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children), for which she is conference lead. She has also served on the National Children’s Bureau’s Policy Advisory Group in the UK.
Jane is an Associate of the Northampton Centre for Learning Behaviour (NCFLB). Her research profile includes projects for UNICEF and the European Commission as well as contributions to the £30 million UK Teaching and Learning Research Program and local neighbourhood projects. Jane has worked with government education departments and ministries in Bhutan, Ethiopia, Georgia, Estonia and the UK.
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