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Warren, Jane D. Dr

Lecturer, Early Years

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Education

Overview


My experience as an early childhood practitioner, both in preschool, and in supported playgroup informs, strengthens and adds credibility to my research interests. These include:
- early childhood education
- inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres
- working with families of children with disabilities
- engagement and participation of children with disabilities.

Underpinned by an ecological framework, my research around inclusion of children with disabilities in ECEC centres recognises the importance of a collaborative approach; in particular between parents and early childhood educators. I am committed to the rights of all children, and the synergy between my role as an academic and a practitioner put me in a unique space as a researcher in the field.




Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Drawing on international experience and research, the SMILE project looked at the benefits of developing a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE) at the Horsley Community Centre in the Illawarra. The project was forged through a unique partnership between CareWays Illawarra and the University of Wollongong (UOW). This project used participatory action research to foster the involvement of people with disabilities, their carers, families and disability services to assist in the development and design of the space to best meet the needs of the whole community. </p><p>A MSE provides a safe, non-threatening environment for children and adults with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences. The experiences provided by a MSE can both calm and stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) TBA Cameron, Allison
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Parent's Perspective of Teacher's Ability to Meet the Needs of their Children with Disabilities Johnston, Jennifer
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Music Knowledge, Understanding and Practices among Early Childhood Educators Zink, Renae
    Doctor of Philosophy Influential Factors of Bullying for Secondary Students on the Autism Spectrum Rowland, Susannah
    Doctor of Philosophy Making the Invisible Visible: How Low Socio-economic Status Parents’ Beliefs Impact on Educational Aspirations for their Children McGowan, Sandra
    Doctor of Education Exploring the Connections Between Technology, Parents, Educators and Children Sheridan, Naomi
    Doctor of Philosophy The impact of technology in the development of social communication skills in young learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Albalawi, Fahad
    Doctor of Philosophy Gumnuts and Seashells: Evaluating the Impact of the Forest School Approach in an Australian Context Pollock, Krista
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Using the Econlogical Systems Theory to Analyze How Chinese Immigrant Partnts of Children with Disabilities Make Decisions at Times of Educational Transitions Lu, Luyao

Education And Training


  • Doctor of Education in Education, University of Wollongong, Education, Transition of children with disabilities into ECEC centres 2006 - 2013

Teaching Overview


  • I am part of the passionate and vibrant Early Years team here at UOW.  I teach in a range of subjects across the degree - including play and pedagogy, historical perspectives, early intervention, inclusive education, and an early years project subject.

    I trained as an early childhood teacher and have experience working with young children as both a teacher and Director in ECEC centres, as well as working with children with a range of disabilities in supported playgroup settings. 

    My goal as a teacher here at UOW is to share my experience and inspire our students to be passionate and dedicated leaders in the Early Childhood sector. 

Full Name


  • Dr Jane Warren

Mailing Address


  • Office - 23.G03, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • <p>Drawing on international experience and research, the SMILE project looked at the benefits of developing a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE) at the Horsley Community Centre in the Illawarra. The project was forged through a unique partnership between CareWays Illawarra and the University of Wollongong (UOW). This project used participatory action research to foster the involvement of people with disabilities, their carers, families and disability services to assist in the development and design of the space to best meet the needs of the whole community. </p><p>A MSE provides a safe, non-threatening environment for children and adults with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences. The experiences provided by a MSE can both calm and stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma.</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) TBA Cameron, Allison
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Parent's Perspective of Teacher's Ability to Meet the Needs of their Children with Disabilities Johnston, Jennifer
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Music Knowledge, Understanding and Practices among Early Childhood Educators Zink, Renae
    Doctor of Philosophy Influential Factors of Bullying for Secondary Students on the Autism Spectrum Rowland, Susannah
    Doctor of Philosophy Making the Invisible Visible: How Low Socio-economic Status Parents’ Beliefs Impact on Educational Aspirations for their Children McGowan, Sandra
    Doctor of Education Exploring the Connections Between Technology, Parents, Educators and Children Sheridan, Naomi
    Doctor of Philosophy The impact of technology in the development of social communication skills in young learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Albalawi, Fahad
    Doctor of Philosophy Gumnuts and Seashells: Evaluating the Impact of the Forest School Approach in an Australian Context Pollock, Krista
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Using the Econlogical Systems Theory to Analyze How Chinese Immigrant Partnts of Children with Disabilities Make Decisions at Times of Educational Transitions Lu, Luyao

Education And Training


  • Doctor of Education in Education, University of Wollongong, Education, Transition of children with disabilities into ECEC centres 2006 - 2013

Teaching Overview


  • I am part of the passionate and vibrant Early Years team here at UOW.  I teach in a range of subjects across the degree - including play and pedagogy, historical perspectives, early intervention, inclusive education, and an early years project subject.

    I trained as an early childhood teacher and have experience working with young children as both a teacher and Director in ECEC centres, as well as working with children with a range of disabilities in supported playgroup settings. 

    My goal as a teacher here at UOW is to share my experience and inspire our students to be passionate and dedicated leaders in the Early Childhood sector. 

Full Name


  • Dr Jane Warren

Mailing Address


  • Office - 23.G03, School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia