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Jane Read


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Jane Read is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and specialises in the historical and philosophical background to our current services. Jane studied history at university and trained as a librarian and archivist. She was Archivist of the Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies for many years, combining this role with teaching on BA, MA and CPD programmes at Roehampton.

Research interests

Jane's interest in Friedrich Froebel and the worldwide Froebel movement developed during her time as Archivist of the Froebel Archive. Following research for her MA dissertation on the nineteenth century women who promoted Froebel's ideas in the UK and who were the backbone of the movement here, Jane was asked to give conference presentations. She now has an international profile and has given papers at conferences as far afield as Seattle, Melbourne and St Louis as well as London, Dublin and Birmingham and has published numerous articles.

In 2011, Jane completed her PhD exploring the role of the Froebel movement in the development of policy for nursery education and pedagogy in nursery and infant schools from 1900-1939.

Jane is also interested in the history of special education as state special schools and schools within institutions used Froebel's learning materials with their pupils.

Jane's recent publications have adopted socio-historical perspectives to illuminate (dis)continuities in historical and current policy and practice. Her research is currently applying these perspectives to long-standing issues of professional identity and status in the early years workforce.

Research Output

  • 9 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Freeing the child: Froebelians and the transformation of learning through play, self-activity and project work in English state junior school classrooms, 1917-1952

Read, J., 2017, Kindergarten Narratives on Froebelian Education: International Perspectives. May, H., Nawrotzki, K. & Prochner, L. (eds.). London; New York: Bloomsbury, p. 135-148

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Lillian de Lissa, women teachers and teacher education in the twentieth century, by Kay Whitehead

Read, J., 28 Apr 2017, In : History of Education. p. 1-3 3 p., DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2017.1313459.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

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Working with children: an integrated approach

Read, J., 2015, An Introduction to Childhood Studies. Kehily, M. J. (ed.). Open University Press, p. 135-152

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


  • 4 Participation in conference

International Froebel Society-Deutschland.

Jane Read (Invited speaker)

22 Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Froebel Society . 7th Biennial Froebel Conference:

Jane Read (Speaker)

24 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Jane Read (Speaker)

8 Sep 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Jane Read (Invited speaker)

24 Jul 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


The Froebel Movement in Britain 1900–1939

Author: Read, J., 17 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Brehony, K. (External person) (Supervisor) & Nawrotzki, K. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis