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Dr. Jane MURRAY

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer in Education (Early Years)
  • Department: Early Years

General information

​​​Jane was a teacher and consultant for two decades in early years, primary and music education before moving to higher education. A senior lecturer, Jane researches and writes in the fields of education and early childhood, teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervises PhD students.

Jane has led on the BA (Hons) Early Years Education (QTS) (2006-2010) and MA Education (Early Years) (2010-13); currently, she is a core researcher in the Centre for Education and Research. Jane's international profile includes membership of the European Early Childhood Educational Research Association and the Human Development and Capabilities Association; in the UK, she sits on the National Children's Bureau's Policy Advisory Group and the National Executive of TACTYC (Training, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children). Jane holds first and Master's degrees in Education and the National Professional Qualification for Headship; her PhD (awarded 2013) focused on young children's engagements in research behaviour.

Jane's R&E work ranges from local neighbourhood projects to contributions to the £30 million Teaching and Learning Research Program, a strategic initiative to enhance educational research in the UK (2000-2012).  Recent international work includes a teacher CPD project in Georgia funded by the Norwegian government and the EU project ALLinHE.

Teaching

Jane currently teaches on the following programmes:

  • 2013-14: EYS3126 – Research and Inquiry for Professional Contexts 
  • 2013-14: EYS4104 – Children's Services Dissertation  
  • 2013-14: EDUM100 – Research Thesis 
  • 2013-14: EDUM077 – MA Education Dissertation 

Research

Jane's current research includes:

  • ALLinHE 
  • Northampton Play Streets (for Northampton Leisure Trust)

Previous research projects and relevant funding (please limit to the past five years):

  • Young Children As Researchers (PhD), funded by School of Education, University of Northampton

Current PhD students:

  • Yu Zhao
  • Emma Whewell
  • Jessica Newcombe

Publications

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2017

  1. Richardson, T. and Murray, J. (2017) Are young children’s utterances affected by characteristics of their learning environments? A multiple case study. Early Child Development and Care. 187(3-4), pp. 457-468. 0300-4430.
  2. Murray, J. (2017) Early years education as a global village. International Journal of Early Years Education. 25(1), pp. 1-2. 0966-9760.
  3. Murray, J. (2017) Welcome in! How the academy can warrant recognition of young children as researchers. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 25(2) 1350-293X. (In Press)

2016

  1. Murray, J. (2016) Editor of International Journal of Early Years Education. International Journal of Early Years Education. Abingdon, UK: Taylor and Francis. 0966-9760.
  2. Murray, J. (2016) Building Knowledge in Early Childhood Education: Young Children Are Researchers. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. (Accepted)
  3. Murray, J., (ed.) (2016) Early Childhood Pedagogies: Creating Spaces for Young Children to Flourish. Abingdon: Routledge. (Accepted)
  4. Murray, J. and Underwood, M. J. (2016) Ethics for teacher research: same as research ethics or different? Paper presented to: British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 13-15 September 2016.
  5. Murray, J. and Preece, D. (2016) Evaluating the Changemaker Student Awards. Panel Presentation presented to: Ashoka U Exchange 2016, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA, 25-27 February 2016.
  6. Murray, J. and Murray, J. (2016) Life, the Universe and 15 hours of free education and care for two-year-olds: what do parents think? Paper presented to: World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) European Conference 2016: The Place of the Child in the 21st Century, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK, 05-07 May 2016.
  7. Brooks, E. and Murray, J. (2016) Ready, steady, learn: school readiness and children’s voices in English early childhood settings. Education 3-13. 0300-4279. (In Press)
  8. Murray, J. (2016) Sustaining development in international early years education. International Journal of Early Years Education. 24(4), pp. 393-394. 0966-9760.
  9. Murray, J. and Devecchi, C. (2016) The Hantown Street Play Project. International Journal of Play. 5(2), pp. 196-211. 2159-4953.
  10. Murray, J. (2016) Young children are researchers: children aged 4-8 years engage in important research behaviour when they base decisions on evidence. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 24(5), pp. 705-720. 1350-293X.
  11. Murray, J. (2016) Young children’s research behaviours: teachers and parents as help or hindrance? Invited Presentation presented to: British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 13-15 September 2016.

2015

  1. Murray, J. (2015) Guest Editor. Early Child Development and Care: Special Issue. Taylor & Francis. 0300-4430.
  2. Murray, J. (2015) Member of Editorial Board. Early Child Development and Care. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis. 0300-4430.
  3. Murray, J. (2015) Can young children be researchers? In: McLaughlin, H. (ed.) Involving Children and Young People in Policy, Practice and Research. London, UK: National Children's Bureau. pp. 48-63.
  4. Murray, J. (2015) Early childhood pedagogies: spaces for young children to flourish. Early Child Development and Care. 185(11-12), pp. 1715-1732. 0300-4430.
  5. Murray, J. (2015) Early childhood pedagogies: spaces for young children to flourish. Keynote presented to: Early Years Research Festival, The University of Northampton, UK, 17 June 2015.
  6. Murray, J. and Lumsden, E. (2015) Evaluating a gift for family literacy: challenges and opportunities. Paper presented to: European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA ) 25th Annual Conference, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 07-10 September 2015.
  7. Murray, J., Teszenyi, E., Tajiyeva, M., Iskakova, A., Vargáné Nagy, A. and Pálfi, S. (2015) Similarities and differences in discourses on practitioner-parent partnerships in early childhood provision in England, Hungary and Kazakhstan. Paper presented to: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) Conference 2015, Budapest, Hungary, 07-11 September 2015.
  8. Murray, J. (2015) Troubling the ‘Dispositif’: moving beyond the macro-level to co-construct meaningful early childhood pedagogies. Paper presented to: International Conference on Diversity, Equality and Social Justice in Early Childhood (DECET) 2015: No Quality without Equality in ECEC, Newman University, Birmingham, UK, 04-05 June 2015.
  9. Murray, J. (2015) Young children as researchers in play. In: Moyles, J. (ed.) The Excellence of Play. 4th ed. Maidenhead, UK: McGraw Hill Education. pp. 106-124.
  10. Murray, J. (2015) Young children’s capability as researchers. Invited Presentation presented to: Young Children’s Capabilities As Researchers, Anglia Ruskin University, 06 May 2015.

2014

  1. Murray, J. (2014) A UK perspective on validated prior learning: validated prior learning as an instrument for access to higher education by two marginalised groups. In: Duvekot, R., Halba, B., Aagaard, K., Gabrscek, S. and Murray, J. (eds.) The Power of VPL: Validation of Prior Learning as a Multi-Targeted Approach for Access to Learning Opportunities for All. Vught, The Netherlands: Inholland University AS and European Centre Valuation Prior Learning. pp. 129-158.
  2. Devecchi, C., Murray, J. and Preece, D. (2014) Building research capacity: stories from a new university’s School of Education. Research Intelligence (British Educational Research Association (BERA)). 124, pp. 22-23. 0307-9023.
  3. Murray, J. (2014) Good Practice in the Early Years, by Janet Kay, London, Continuum, 2012, 336 pp., £19.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-0826490049. Early Years: An International Research Journal. 34(2), pp. 199-200. 0957-5146.
  4. Devecchi, C., Trory, H., Murray, J. and Evans, R. (2014) Inclusive daily childcare services for children with disabilities in England: review of conditions, standards and practice. Symposium presented to: 24th Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft (DGfE), Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 09-12 March 2014. (Unpublished)
  5. Duvekot, R., Kang, D. J. and Murray, J., (eds.) (2014) Linkages of VPL: Validation of Prior Learning as a Multi-Targeted Approach for Maximising Learning Opportunities for All. Vught, The Netherlands: Inholland University AS and European Centre Valuation Prior Learning. 9789081254922.
  6. Murray, J. (2014) Researching young children’s worlds. In: Waller, T. and Davis, G. (eds.) An Introduction to Early Childhood. 3rd ed. London: Sage. pp. 325-345.
  7. Bramble, P. and Murray, J. (2014) Strengthening the impact of case studies through the use of a digital medium. Workshop presented to: 1st Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) Biennale, Rotterdam, 09-11 April 2014. (Unpublished)
  8. Murray, J. and Bramble, P. (2014) Support and barriers in validated prior learning. Workshop presented to: 1st Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) Biennale, Rotterdam, 09-11 April 2014. (Unpublished)
  9. Duvekot, R., Halba, B., Aagaard, K., Gabrscek, S. and Murray, J., (eds.) (2014) The Power of VPL: Validation of Prior Learning as a Multi-targeted Approach For Access to Learning Opportunities For All. Vught, The Netherlands: Inholland University AS and European Centre Valuation Prior Learning. 9789081254908.
  10. Murray, J. (2014) The Young Children As Researchers (YCAR) project. Paper presented to: University of Debrecen, Hungary, 2014. (Unpublished)
  11. Murray, J. (2014) Understanding the HighScope Approach: Early Years Education in Practice, by Monica Wiltshire, London, Routledge, 2012, 158 pp., (paperback), ISBN 978-0-415-58358-9. Early Years: An International Research Journal. 34(1), pp. 111-112. 0957-5146.
  12. Murray, J. (2014) Young children explore: critical thinking for the Early Years. Inspire. 21/03, pp. 24-27.

2013

  1. Murray, J. (2013) A ‘jigsaw’ methodology for early childhood research: a flexible and reflexive approach. Panel Presentation presented to: British Early Childhood Education Research Association (BECERA) Conference 2013: Researching Children's Lives: Questions of Practice & Methods, Birmingham, UK, 20-21 February 2013.
  2. Murray, J. (2013) Decisions based on evidence: young children’s research behaviour? Paper presented to: European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) 23rd Annual Conference: Values, Culture and Contexts, Tallinn University, Estonia, 28-31 August 2013. (Unpublished)
  3. Devecchi, C., Murray, J. and Trory, H. (2013) Inclusive childcare services for children with disabilities in England: review of conditions, standards and practice. Paper presented to: British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, 03-05 September 2013. (Unpublished)
  4. Trory, H., Devecchi, C. and Murray, J. (2013) Inclusive daily childcare for children with disabilities (0-5) in England: a policy and practice overview from 1997 to present day. Symposium presented to: European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) 23rd Annual Conference: Values, Culture and Contexts, Tallinn University, Estonia, 28-31 August 2013. (Unpublished)
  5. Devecchi, C., Trory, H., Murray, J. and Evans, R. (2013) Inclusive daily childcare services for children with disabilities in England: review of conditions, standards and practice. (Unpublished)
  6. Murray, J. (2013) Problem-solving and thinking in the early years. In: Beckley, P. (ed.) The New Early Years Foundation Stage: Changes, Challenges and Reflections. Maidenhead: Open University Press / McGraw Hill Education. pp. 141-152.
  7. Murray, J. and Devecchi, C. (2013) The utility of critical ethnography as a tool for empowerment in early childhood research. Symposium presented to: 34th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum "Ethnography as Counter Narrative: Reclaiming the Local in Educational Policy and Practice", Penn GSE, University of Pennsylvania, US, 22-23 February 2013. (Unpublished)
  8. Murray, J. (2013) Young children's research behaviour? Children aged four to eight years finding solutions at home and at school. Early Child Development and Care. 183(8), pp. 1147-1165. 0300-4430.

2012

  1. Murray, J. (2012) An Exploration of young children’s engagements in research behaviour. Doctoral thesis. The University of Northampton.
  2. Murray, J. and Badger, J. (2012) Learning to teach in the early years: what matters? Poster presented to: Training, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children (TACTYC) Conference/AGM: Developing Early Years Practice: Reflecting on Developments in Practice and Research, International Conference Centre, Birmingham, 10 November 2012. (Unpublished)
  3. Coates, E., Faulkner, D., Aubrey, C., Bertram, T., Broadhead, P., Castle, D., Murray, J., Pascal, C. and Wild, M. (2012) The changing face of early childhood policy and practice in England over the past twenty years: an expert seminar. Invited Keynote presented to: Warwick Institute of Education (WIE) Research Seminars, University of Warwick, 23 November 2012. (Unpublished)
  4. Murray, J. (2012) Young children's explorations: young children's research? Early Child Development and Care. 182(9), pp. 1209-1225. 0300-4430.
  5. Murray, J. (2012) Young children's research: children aged 4-8 years finding solutions at home and at school. Paper presented to: 2nd Global Conference: The Child: A Person's Project, Mansfield College, Oxford, 07-09 July 2012. (Unpublished)

2011

  1. Murray, J. (2011) Knock, knock! Who's there? Gaining access to young children as researchers: a critical review. Educate~. 11(1), pp. 91-109. 1477-5557.
  2. Murray, J. (2011) Young children aged 0-8 years can be researchers. Seminar Presentation presented to: Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) Thematic Groups on Children and Education Conference: Children’s Capabilities and Human Development: Researching Inside and Outside of Schools, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 11-12 April 2011. (Unpublished)
  3. Murray, J. (2011) Young children's explorations: young children's research? Panel Presentation presented to: British Early Childhood Education Research Association (BECERA) Inaugural Conference, Birmingham, UK, 23 -24 February 2011. (Unpublished)

2010

  1. Murray, J. (2010) Knock knock! Who’s there? Gaining access to children as researchers. Symposium presented to: 1st Annual School of Education Research Student Conference, University of Northampton, 14 May 2010. Also presented at: Faculty of Education Research Students' Association (FERSA) 7th Annual Graduate Conference in Education, University of Cambridge, 04 June 2010; Postgraduate Research Degree Student and Early Career Researcher Annual Conference, University of Northampton, 01 July 2010 (Unpublished)
  2. Murray, J. (2010) Reclaiming our children’s rights from the jaws of school effectiveness. Reflecting on Early Years Issues. 2010, pp. 1-8.
  3. Murray, J. (2010) Review of 'Using Talk Effectively in the Primary Classroom' by Richard Eke and John Lee. Educational Review. 62(1), pp. 115-116. 0013-1911.
  4. Murray, J. (2010) Valuing, visioning and voice: exploring young children’s potential as researchers. Symposium presented to: 20th European Early Childhood Educational Research Association (EECERA) Conference: Knowledge and Voice in Early Childhood: Who Knows, Who Speaks, Who Listens?, Birmingham, 06-08 September 2010. (Unpublished)

2009

  1. Foreman-Peck, L. and Murray, J. (2009) Action research and policy. In: Bridges, D., Smeyers, P. and Smith, R. (eds.) Evidence-Based Education Policy: What Evidence? What Basis? Whose Policy? Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 138-156.
  2. Murray, J. (2009) Studying the worlds of young children: knowing and understanding. In: Waller, T. (ed.) An Introduction to Early Childhood: a Multidisciplinary Approach. 2nd ed. London: Sage. pp. 138-151.

2008

  1. Foreman-Peck, L. and Murray, J. (2008) Action research and policy. Journal of Philosophy of Education. 42(Supple), pp. 145-163. 0309-8249.

2007

  1. Foreman-Peck, L. and Murray, J. (2007) Action research and policy: epistemological considerations. Paper presented to: British Educational Research Association (BERA), London, 5-8 September 2007. (Unpublished)
  2. Bridges, D., Conroy, J., Davis, R., Elliott, J., Enslin, P., Griffiths, M., MacLeod, G., Foreman-Peck, L., Lukes, D., Murray, J., Oancea, A., Pring, R., Saunders, L., Smeyers, P., Smith, R. and Watts, M. (2007) Ethics and educational research: epistemological perspectives. Online: Teaching and Learning Research Programme.
  3. Lumsden, E. and Murray, J. (2007) Wartime nursery, nursery, neighbourhood nursery, children’s centre: the changing role of early years provision. Paper presented to: Exploring Vygotsky's Ideas: Crossing Borders - European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) European Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 29 August-1 September 2007. (Unpublished)

2005

  1. Murray, J. (2005) Collaborating for effective early childhood education and care: can policy translate to practice? OMEP UK Updates. Winter(118), pp. 4-8.
  2. Armstrong, S. C., Barker, J., Davey, R., Diosi, M., Horton, J., Kraftl, P., Lumsden, E., Marandet, E., Matthews, M. H., Murray, J., Pyer, M. and Smith, F. (2005) Evaluation of play provision and play needs in the London Borough of Redbridge. Northampton: Centre for Children and Youth.
  3. Murray, J. (2005) Studying children. In: Waller, T. (ed.) An Introduction to Early Childhood: a Multidisciplinary Approach. London: Sage. pp. 106-122.

2004

  1. Murray, J. (2004) 21st century school buildings for 21st century communities. Prospero. 10(2), pp. 11-19. 1358-6785.
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