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Professor Jane Payler

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Education (Early Years)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • jane.payler

Professional biography

Jane Payler is Professor of Education (Early Years) at The Open University Faculty of Education and Language Studies.  From 2012 to Nov 2015, Jane was Chair of TACTYC: Association for Professional Development in Early Years and Vice-Chair 2011-2012. She has been an elected member of the TACTYC Executive since 2005 and has contributed widely to TACTYC's development. Previous academic posts include Faculty Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care at the University of Winchester and Education Research Fellow at University of Southampton’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Interprofessional Learning across the Public Sector.

Jane has extensive experience in education of teaching, training, research and practice in the early years and has taught students in further and higher education at vocational, professional development, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Jane's practice experience includes work as an NHS health education officer, health service administrator in an inner city area, crèche supervisor for birth to fives and running a preschool.  

From 2006 onwards, Jane has been closely involved in delivering, assessing and researching Early Years Professional Status and later Early Years Teacher Status. Jane was part of the invited expert reference groups advising government on the revision of Early Years Professional Status Standards (2012) and Early Years Teacher Standards (2013). She was a member of the European Union Social Monitor on Early Childhood Education and Care, 2013, and jointly led the Higher Education Academy’s first webinar (2013) on early years developments. Jane co-led a BERA -TACTYC collaboration, producing Phase 1 Early Years Policy Advice documents and future research agendas 2013-14 and Phase 2 a thematic review of early years research evidence in the UK since 2003 BERA-TACTYC Early Childhood Research Review 2003-2017 https://www.bera.ac.uk/project/bera-tactyc-early-childhood-research-review-2003-2017 . Jane has led on and contributed to numerous government consultations in relation to early years professional development and early years pedagogy.

Jane’s publications and research interests include international perspectives on ECEC, inter-professional practice, professional development and young children’s learning experiences. In recent years, she developed and co-led professional development for practitioners and early years professionals on enhancing practice with birth to threes, which led to practice changes across a local authority.

Jane’s first degree was in Sociology (1st class). Her MPhil (Research Methods), Thesis: Young Children’s Literacy Learning, and PhD, Thesis: Exploring Foundations: Sociocultural Influences on the Learning Processes of Four Year Old Children in a Pre-school and Reception Class, were both gained at University of Southampton, funded by the ESRC in open competition.

Research interests

Jane is co-Director of the Children's Research Centre at the OU and Deputy Associate Dean (Scholarship). Jane’s sociocultural and largely qualitative research focuses on early years professional development, sociocultural influences on learning processes, interprofessional practice in early years settings and research with young children including using video to explore children’s perspectives and the child/adult pedagogic interface. She has also researched local instantiations of social inequalities in health.

Recent funded research and knowledge exchange include:

  • Extent of need for HOPE support amongst children and young people (Hope Support 2017)
  • Young children’s curiosity and imagination: Facilitating and documenting through technology (CREET 2016, with PACEY and YMCA Fairthorne)
  • Assessment Project - Bangladesh. Baseline Study. (The British Council, Dhaka, 2016)
  • Educating for integrated care: Rapid realist evidence synthesis of interprofessional interventions with potential to support integrated care. (Advisory role; Health Education Wessex 2014)
  • Australian early childhood teachers’ preparation for and participation in interprofessional practice in early years settings. (Universities Council for the Education of Teachers, 2014)
  • Interprofessional practice as trajectories of participation in early years settings. (University of Winchester and Plymouth University, 2011-12)
  • Brilliant babies, terrific toddlers. (Dorset County Council, 2011)
  • Enhancing Practice Birth to Three. (Dorset County Council, 2011)
  • Early Years Professional Status: researching reluctance for professionalization. (Dorset County Council, 2009-10)
  • The experiences of young children with learning disabilities attending both special and inclusive preschools. (Rix, Thompson, Rothenberg Foundation, 2007)
  • Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Interprofessional Learning in the Public Sector. (HEFCE, 2006-7)

Jane is currently supervising four doctoral students:

  • Children as experts in infant school transitions, Megan Taddeo;
  • Developing Literate Identities: pre-school children’s participation in literacy-related activities, Lucy Rodriguez Leon
  • Prosocial behaviours in year 2 children in mixed year one/two classrooms, Margaret Wiles
  • Children's, parents' and practitioners' perspectives of transition from preschool to reception class, Vicky Preece

Recent completion: Observing and understanding decision-making in two year olds, Penny Lawrence.

Jane has been an external examiner for doctorates at University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Worcester, Liverpool Hope University.

 

Teaching interests

E210 Extending professional practice in the early years (in presentation)

E229 Listening to young children living and learning: critical reflections (authoring and conceptual development)

E109 Exploring perspectives on young children’s lives and learning (critical review of production)

E110 Young children’s play and creativity (authoring)

E309 Comparative Studies in Primary Education (conceptual development)

KE312 Working Together for Children (refresh)

Jane is interested in contributing to early years professional development through considering mutliple perspectives, including international perspectives, and through reflective action.   

 

External collaborations

TACTYC: Association for Professional Development in Early Years

British Educational Research Association Early Childhood sig

International Society of Cultural-historical Activity Research

Early Childhood Forum (Steering Group member)

External examiner for:

  • BA (Hons) in Early Years and Childhood Studies, University College Cork, Ireland ;
  • BA Early Childhood Care and Education (Singapore), University of Warwick

Publications

An innovative methodology for capturing young children’s curiosity, imagination and voices using a free app: Our Story (2017)
Canning, Natalie; Payler, Jane; Horsley, Karen and Gomez, Chris
International Journal of Early Years Education, 25(3) (pp. 292-307)
Positioning Children’s Voice in Clinical Trials Research: A New Model for Planning, Collaboration, and Reflection (2017)
Lees, Amanda; Payler, Jane; Ballinger, Claire; Lawrence, Penny; Faust, Saul N. and Meads, Geoffrey
Qualitative Health Research ((Early Access))
Young children shaping interprofessional practice in early years settings: towards a conceptual framework for understanding experiences and participation (2016-03)
Payler, Jane; Georgeson, Jan and Wong, Sandie
Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 8 (pp. 12-24)
Editorial: The professional development of early years educators – achieving systematic, sustainable and transformative change (2015-03-12)
Waters, Jane and Payler, Jane
Professional Development in Education, 41(2) (pp. 161-168)
Early Years collaboration between TACTYC and BERA EC SIG (2014-03-21)
Payler, Jane and Wood, Elizabeth
Research Intelligence(123) (p 6)
Multiagency working in the early years: confidence, competence and context (2013-11-26)
Payler, Jane and Georgeson, Jan
Early Years: An International Research Journal, 33(4) (pp. 380-397)
Disrupting communities of practice? How ‘reluctant’ practitioners view early years workforce reform in England (2013-03-11)
Payler, Jane K. and Locke, Rachel
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 21(1) (pp. 125-137)
Personal action potency: early years practitioners participating in interprofessional practice in early years settings (2013-03-05)
Payler, Jane Katherine and Georgeson, Janet
International Journal of Early Years Education, 21(1) (pp. 39-55)
Social Constructions of Young Children in ‘Special’, ‘Inclusive’ and Home Environments (2011-09)
Nind, Melanie; Flewitt, Rosie and Payler, Jane
Children & Society, 25(5) (pp. 359-370)
The social experience of early childhood for children with learning disabilities: inclusion, competence and agency (2010-11)
Nind, Melanie; Flewitt, Rosie and Payler, Jane
British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31(6) (pp. 653-670)
`If she's left with books she'll just eat them': Considering inclusive multimodal literacy practices (2009-08)
Flewitt, Rosie; Nind, Melanie and Payler, Jane
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 9(2) (pp. 211-233)
Pedagogy for interprofessional education – what do we know and how can we evaluate it? (2008-06)
Payler, Jane; Meyer, Edgar and Humphris, Debra
Learning in Health and Social Care, 7(2) (pp. 64-78)
Opening and closing interactive spaces: Shaping four-year-old children’s participation in two English settings (2007-10-21)
Payler, Jane
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 27(3) (pp. 237-254)
Theorizing interprofessional pedagogic evaluation: framework for evaluating the impact of interprofessional continuing professional development on practice change (2007-09)
Payler, Jane; Meyer, Edgar and Humphris, Debra
Learning in Health and Social Care, 6(3) (pp. 156-169)
Social class and culture: bridging divides through learner agency (2017-06)
Payler, Jane and Georgeson, Jan
In: Moyles, Janet; Payler, Jane and Georgeson, Jan eds. Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning (5th edition) ((In Press))
ISBN : 9780335226962 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead
Using Early Years Practitioners’ Knowledge from ‘Being Alongside’ to Support the Development of Children with Special Educational Needs (2017)
Georgeson, Jan; Røn Larsen, Maja and Payler, Jane
In: Sorzio, Paulo ed. Becoming an Expert Practitioner in the Educational Services. Competences, Transitions and Trajectories ((In Press))
Publisher : Pensa MultiMedia | Published : Lecce, Italy
Work or play: how children learn to read the signals (2015)
Georgeson, Jan and Payler, Jane
In: Moyles, Janet ed. The Excellence of Play (4th edition) (pp. 159-172)
ISBN : 9780335264193 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead UK
Qualifications and quality in the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014)
Payler, Jane and Georgeson, Jan
In: Moyles, Jan; Payler, Jane and Georgeson, Jan eds. Early years foundations: Critical issues (second edition) (pp. 52-64)
ISBN : 9780335262649 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead UK
The importance of international perspectives (2013)
Georgeson, Jan; Payler, Jane and Campbell-Barr, Verity
In: Georgeson, Jan and Payler, Jane eds. International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care (pp. 3-8)
ISBN : 9780335245918 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead UK
Early childhood education and care in the UK: piecemeal development through philanthropy, propagation, pluralism and pragmatism (2013)
Payler, Jane; Georgeson, Jan and Wickett, Karen
In: Georgeson, Jan and Payler, Jane eds. International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care (pp. 257-274)
ISBN : 9780335245918 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead UK
Co-constructing meaning: ways of supporting learning (2009)
Payler, Jane
In: Moyles, Janet and Papatheodorou, Theodora eds. Learning Together in the Early Years: Exploring Relational Pedagogy (pp. 120-138)
ISBN : 9781134031269 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London UK
Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning: In Early Years And Primary Education (5th edition) (2017-06-16)
Moyles, Janet; Georgeson, Jan and Payler, Jane eds.
ISBN : 9780335226962 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead
Early years foundations: Critical issues (second edition) (2014-04)
Moyles, Janet; Payler, Jane and Georgeson, Jan eds.
ISBN : 9780335262649 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead, UK
International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care (2013)
Georgeson, Jan and Payler, Jane eds.
ISBN : 9780335245918 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead UK
Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning: In Early Years and Primary Education (4th edition) (2011)
Moyles, Janet; Georgeson, Jan and Payler, Jane eds.
ISBN : 9780335244126 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead UK
BERA-TACTYC Early Childhood Education and Care Review 2004-2015 (2017-05)
Payler, Jane; Davis, Geraldine; Jarvis, Pam; Georgeson, Jan; Wood, Elizabeth and Lloyd, Eva
In : BERA Annual Conference 2016 (13-15 September 2016, University of Leeds)
Positioning children in research: continuum of children’s engagement with research (2016-09)
Payler, Jane
In : European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference 2016 (31 Aug - 03 Sep 2016, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)
Children’s imagination and curiosity: Facilitating and documenting through technology (2016)
Canning, Natalie; Payler, Jane and Horsley, Karen
In : 26th EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) Conference, 2016 (31 Aug - 03 Sep 2016, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)
Professional learning and development: trends, developments and impact in the UK since 2003 (2016)
Davis, Geraldine and Payler, Jane
In : 26th EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) Conference, 2016 (31 Aug - 03 Sep 2016, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)
BERA-TACTYC Early Childhood Research Review 2003-2017 (2017-05)
Payler, Jane; Wood, Elizabeth; Georgeson, Jan; Davis, Geraldine; Jarvis, Pamela; Rose, Janet; Gilbert, Louise; Hood, Philip; Mitchell, Helena and Chesworth, Liz
BERA, London.
Assessment Project - Bangladesh. Baseline Study. (2016)
Power, Tom; Cullen, Jane; Woodward, Clare; Mathew, Rama; Payler, Jane and McCormick, Robert
The British Council, Dhaka (In Press).

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