Futures education; Curriculum theory and development
Teacher education - early childhood;
Teacher effectiveness; Teaching practices
Dr Jane Page is a senior lecturer in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. She has worked in the early childhood field for eighteen years covering a range of roles both as a practitioner in early childhood services as well teaching in the University sector. Her research focuses on the application of human rights principles in early childhood settings. Her work on futures education and children’s rights has been twice recognised by L'Etˆ Verde: Associazione Culturale, a Rome-based international research organisation, who awarded her the Aurelio Peccei Prize in 1996 and 2001. Her book "Reframing the Early Childhood Curriculum. Educational Imperatives for the Future" (Routledge, 2000), examines the relevance of futurists’ and early childhood theorists’ thinking concerning children’s long term development alongside young children’s perspectives on their futures. Jane’s PhD at the University of Melbourne examined young children's capacity to enact citizenship as a practice of participation in their relationships with friends in early childhood settings and the role of emotions in this process.
Jane has been actively engaged with colleagues in the development and implementation of a number of projects with state and local government and the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) that focus on early years teachers’ pedagogical practices. These have included the 2011 Victorian Framework Implementation: Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes Project with VCAA, the 2012 Assessment for Learning Project with VCAA, the 2013 VEYLDF Inquiry to Implementation Project with VCAA, the 2010-2012 Leading Educational Practice in Early Childhood Settings Program (formally named Educational Leadership in Early Childhood Settings) and the 2013-2014 Program Leading Learning in Early Childhood Settings with Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
Jane is available for supervision. Her areas of expertise relate to children’s rights, teacher practices and effectiveness. She is particularly interested in the how teachers understand and enact rights-based practices in educational settings using methods approaches including surveys, interview, focus groups, observations.
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