Dr Jane Jarvis

Academic Status

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.55)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

The primary focus of my research, teaching, and engagement with industry partners is on the design and implementation of effectively differentiated learning experiences to enhance engagement, learning and wellbeing for academically diverse learners, including those with disability and those with advanced intellectual abilities. My work aims to foster contemporary, evidence-informed models of inclusive education and academic talent development, at the levels of classroom, school, and system-wide practice and policy. My academic experience and commitment to evidence-informed practice in inclusive environments builds on diverse professional experience as a teacher, specialist educator, counsellor, behaviour support practitioner and school leader, across special education, gifted education and disability services, in Australia and the United States.


PhD - University of Virginia

M.Psych.Ed - University of Queensland

PG.Dip.EdStudies (Psych) - University of Queensland

B.A.(Psych) - University of Adelaide

Honours, awards and grants

2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (as Team Leader): For innovative design and delivery in subjects on differentiation and inclusion for preservice teachers, reflecting expert knowledge and grounded in ongoing, responsive industry engagement.

2018 Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) SA Branch award for Distinguished Contribution to Research in Educational Leadership

2017 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (as Team Leader): For outstanding industry collaboration, and innovative design and delivery that models inclusive teaching and authentic assessment, in topics on differentiation and inclusion for pre-service teachers.

2015 Paper of the Year (as co-author) in Journal for the Education of the Gifted

2015 Co-authored paper selected for 35th Anniversary Edition of the Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, among 'outstanding articles' from 2002-2014.

2013 Keynote Speaker, Australian Association for Special Education (AASE) National Conference, Adelaide.

2012 Invited Speaker, Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT) National Conference, Adelaide.

2010 Invited Speaker, Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness, Sydney.

2009 Outstanding Doctoral Student award, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.

2008 Doctoral Student Award, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) USA, for 'exemplary work in research, publications, and educational service, and potential for future scholarship.'

2007 Most Outstanding Paper, NAGC Graduate Research Gala, Minneapolis, USA.

Key responsibilities

Topic Coordinator, Initial Teacher Education and Postgraduate topics in differentiation and inclusive practices

Research Section Head: Teaching & Learning

Chair, Research in Inclusive & Specialised Education (RISE) group

Associate Editor, Australasian Journal of Gifted Education

Editorial Board Member, Journal for the Education of the Gifted

Teaching interests

Designing and implementing evidence-based, differentiated learning experiences for diverse learners

Designing and adapting curriculum for academically advanced learners

Personalising learning support for students with specialised educational needs within inclusive environments

Multi-tiered systems of support for positive behaviour, wellbeing and academic learning

Topic coordinator
EDUC4721 Differentiation for Diverse Learners (Primary R-7)
EDUC9792 Gifted Education: Curriculum and Differentiation
EDUC9406 Differentiation and Inclusive Educational Practices
EDUC4720 Differentiation for Diverse Learners (Middle & Secondary Schooling)
Supervisory interests
Gifted education
Inclusion of students with special needs and inclusive practices