Associate Professor Jeanne Marie Iorio

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Associate Professor Jeanne Marie Iorio’s research, teaching, and writing focuses on disrupting and rethinking accepted educational practices in early childhood and higher education. This work includes rethinking quality as meaning-making; children’s relations with Place, more-than-human and materials; pedagogical documentation and research methods; and pedagogies originating from the municipal infant-toddler centres and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Her research has been published in multiple journals and texts. She co-edits a book series Rethinking Higher Education and Qualitative Research Journal.

As a non-Indigenous, white, settler woman, I co-lead Out and About/Learning with Place with Dr Catherine Hamm. This research takes place on the Lands of the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Bunurong, and Wadawurrung Peoples. This research aims to generate environmental education practices in early childhood and primary classrooms and local communities to address environmental change and ecological precarity. This project is underpinned by the innovative Learning with Place framework (Hamm & Iorio, 2019; Iorio & Hamm, 2021) which sees the environment as an active place. Place, in this sense, is inclusive of local First Nations knowledges and stories, histories and the more-than-human (for example, landforms, waterways, animals, insects, flora, fauna). Through Learning with Place, deep relationships with the environment are fostered and inform actions and decision-making responsive to the current state of the environment. These practices will be accessible to all members of communities, offering multiple ways for communities to make an impact on conversation and climate change.


Iorio, J.M. & Hamm, C. (2021). Learning with Place. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Global Childhoods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hamm, C. & Iorio, J.M. (2019) Place in Early Childhood Teacher Education. In: Peters M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Teachers Education. Springer, Singapore.