A/PROF Jane Page

A/PROF Jane Page


  • Curriculum; Children's rights; Children's voices; Children's participation
  • 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)   


Member of

  • MCPC Royal Children's Hospital Children's Voices in Hospital Committee. Committee member 2008 -
  • National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Council member 2007 -
  • Newman College Council Inc.. Council member 1994 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2008
  • MEd, University of Melbourne 1996
  • BEd, University of Melbourne 1989
  • DipT, Institute of Early Childhood Development 1985

Awards and honors

  • Medal of the Order of Australia, OAM, 2019
  • University of Melbourne Diversity and Inclusion Award (with Catherine Gow, David Haynes and Shiralee Poed), 2014
  • MGSE Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in teaching, skill and imagination (with Jan Deans, Rachel Flottman and Sarah Young)., 2012
  • This award is shared with two colleagues with Glenda MacNaughton and Merlyne Cruz, Victorian Multicultural Commission Victoria's Awards for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs, 2006
  • The University of Melbourne Staff Equity Research Fellowship, 2006
  • Aurelio Peccei Prize, LEta; Verde Associazione, Rome, Italy., 2001
  • Aurelio Peccei Prize, LEta; Verde Associazione, Rome, Italy, 1996
  • Awarded by Australian Early Childhood Association, Alice Creswick and Sheila Kimpton Foundation Award, 1990
  • Awarded by School of Early Childhood Studies, Institute of Education, University of Melbourne., Ada Mary a’Beckett Award of Excellence, 1985



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • 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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