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Debbie Bailey

Perspectives on change in specialist provision for pupils with SEBD 1996 – 2016

Maitreyee Buragohain

The Impact of Dance on Sociability skills of CWCN (Children with Complex Needs): A step towards Inclusion

Gemma Boaden

Identifying the Physiology of Voice for Stage: Establishing a Unified Approach to Actor's Voice Training

Claire Dugan-Clements

Perceptions of Age in Early Childhood Settings and their Communities: How do young children view people aged 55 and over? How do people aged 55 and over view young children?

Ayse Gursel

Leadership and Professional Development … the views of school leaders in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Eucharia McCarthy

A critical investigation into Inclusion Co-ordinators' (InCos') perspectives and experiences of implementing their role in pre-school settings in the mid-west of Ireland.

Yahya Moalin

Perspectives from the UK Somali Diaspora on the ways Peace Education may support the National Reconciliation Process in Somalia: An exploratory case study

Jessica Newcombe

Peer Mentoring Secondary School students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) 

Sumathi Ravindranath

An investigation into the nature and extent to which methods taught during Montessori teacher training in Bangalore are applied by teachers in Montessori and mainstream schools

Sally Sharp

Mental health and wellbeing in Higher Education

Eleonora Teszenyi

Perception and Practice - An Exploration of Hungarian Kindergarten Pedagogues' Views and Practice in Mixed-Age Groups


Elaine Batchelor PhD

Primary Trainee Teachers’ Talk with Primary School Science Co-ordinators: Two Case Studies of Primary Trainees Learning to Teach Science

Wen Chen PhD

Students aged 3-6 years with special educational needs working in second language environments

Tanya Richardson

What constitutes a quality learning environment with regards to speech and language development for young children and how do factors in learning environment influence the characteristics of utterances made by young children?

Helen Trory PhD

A Balancing Act: Perceptions of communication about young children with SEND in the early years. An IPA Study.

Emma Whewell

Primary PE teachers' self-image and professional identity

Yu Zhao

An Investigation of Experiences of Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and School Provision during the Transition between Educational Phases in England


Jane Murray PhD is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Education and Research at the University of Northampton. She researches, teaches, supervises, advises and has published widely in the field of education, with particular focus on early childhood education, pedagogy and issues of social justice. Jane leads on the Young Children Are Researchers (YCAR) Project. She has previously been an early childhood and primary school teacher as well as a teacher educator in the UK and she has worked with UNICEF and with governments in countries including Ethiopia, Bhutan, Georgia and the UK. Jane is Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Early Years Education, a Taylor and Francis peer reviewed journal.

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 20 Mar 2013


Award Date: 10 Jul 2002


Award Date: 4 Jul 1983

External positions

TRUSTEE, Preston Hedge's Academy Trust, Northamptonshire UK


LOCAL GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER, Pineham Barns Primary School, Northamptonshire UK

TRUSTEE, TACTYC: Association for Professional Development in Early Years

CONVENOR, Young Children's Perspectives Special Interest Group, EECERA: European Early Childhood Education Research Association

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, International Journal of Early Years Education

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER, Early Child Development and Care Journal


  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Social justice
  • Pedagogy
  • Young Children as Researchers

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Science Outside the Classroom

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Project: ResearchEuropean

Take One Picture (TOP) for NPAT Schools

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Project: ResearchCharitable Funding

Research Output

  • Happy Anniversary? 30 Years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

    Murray, J., 24 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Early Years Education. 27, 4, p. 1-5 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorial

  • Hearing young children’s voices

    Murray, J., 5 Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Early Years Education. 27, 1, p. 1-5 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorial

  • Open Access
  • Young Children's Emotional Experiences

    Murray, J. & Palaiologou, I., 29 May 2019, 1st ed. Abingdon: Routledge. 128 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Discovering play

    Murray, J., 29 Jan 2018, In : Primary Geography. 95, p. 6-7 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

  • Activities

    • 7 Oral presentation
    • 3 Workshop
    • 2 Organising a conference or workshop
    • 2 Participating in a conference or workshop

    Horizon 2020 Project Child-UP. Partnership meeting and International Seminar

    Federico Farini (Participant), Evangelia Prokopiou (Participant), Kim Woodbridge-Dodd (Participant), Jane Murray (Participant), Angela Scollan (Participant), Claudio Baraldi (Participant), Helen Avery (Participant), Adrian Holliday (Participant), Krystyna Slany (Participant), Shannon Damery (Participant)
    9 Sep 201911 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopOrganising a conference or workshopResearch


    SHARMED training and dissemination of best practices

    Federico Farini (Speaker), Claudio Baraldi (Speaker), Angela Scollan (Speaker), Vittorio Iervese (Speaker), Luisa Conti (Speaker), Chiara Ballestri (Speaker), Micheal Wyness (Speaker), Holliday Adrian (Speaker), Lisa Meyer (Speaker), Associate Professor (Speaker)
    Dec 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Ashoka U Exchange 2016

    Jane Murray (Participant), David Preece (Participant)
    26 Feb 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch


    Ethics for teacher research: same as research ethics or different?

    Jane Murray (Speaker), M James Underwood (Speaker)
    13 Sep 2016

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Life, the Universe and 15 hours of free education and care for two-year-olds: what do parents think?

    Jane Murray (Speaker), Jemima Murray (Speaker)
    6 May 2016

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Young children’s research behaviours: teachers and parents as help or hindrance?

    Jane Murray (Speaker)
    13 Sep 201615 Sep 2016

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Similarities and differences in discourses on practitioner-parent partnerships in early childhood provision in England, Hungary and Kazakhstan

    Jane Murray (Speaker), Eleonora Teszenyi (Speaker), Marzhan Tajiyeva (Speaker), Aigul Iskakova (Speaker), Anikό Vargáné Nagy (Speaker), Pálfi Sándor (Speaker)
    8 Sep 2015

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Young children’s capability as researchers

    Jane Murray (Speaker)
    6 May 2015

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarResearch