|Present||Associate Professor, Arts Education, Southern Cross University ‐ School of Education|
|2009 - 2013||Honorary Associate, University of Sydney|
Honors and Awards
- 2015 Researcher of the Year, School of Education, Southern Cross University
- 2014 Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
- 2012 SCU Vice Chancellor's Citation
- 2004 NSW Institute of Educational Research Outstanding Dissertation Award
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Journal articles (20)
The enduring politics of art education: the common European framework of reference for visual literacy − prototype International Journal of Education Through Art (2019)
This article is a discussion that replies to a generous call from European colleagues to evaluate and respond from an Australian perspective, to a new Art1 education framework in the area of visual literacy. This ...
Working towards ‘doing it better’: seeking the student voice in teacher education Australian Journal of Teacher Education (2019)
In this article we report on the monitoring of pre-service teachers’ experiences of their course at a regional university in NSW, Australia. The intention of this research project was to engage with pre-service teachers to ...
Children as artists: the preschool as a community of creative practice Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (2017)
Picasso once famously said “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” This visual inquiry is engaged through a community of creative practice in two rural children's ...
Moments of (aha!) walking and encounter: fluid intersections with place International Journal of Education Through Art (2017)
In contemporary art, research and art education, the concepts of walking and mapping in singular and collaborative encounters with place are established as a generative learning, creative and research event. In this iteration of walking ...
Walkings-through paint: A c/a/r/tography of slow scholarship Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (2017)
This visual essay portrays a walkings-through of experience, journeys, and engagements positioned as a c/a/r/tography. The assemblage of this c/a/r/tography draws upon Deleuzoguattarian notions of affect and the carte, the methodology of a/r/tography, and contemporary ...
One must also be an artist: online delivery of teacher education International Journal of Education and the Arts (2016)
The shift in teacher education from face-to-face delivery to Distance Education mode means that the current landscape for the preparation of specialist and generalist Arts teachers is both complex and challenging, particularly since there is ...
Preschool children, painting and palimpsest: collaboration as pedagogy, practice and learning The International Journal of Art and Design Education (2016)
This article describes a small, collaborative, arts-based research project conducted in two rural early childhood centres in regional Australia, where the children made large-scale collaborative paintings in partnership with teachers and researchers. Observation of young ...
Findings, windings and entwinings: cartographies of collaborative walking and encounter International Journal of Education through Art (2015)
In the continuing ‘Not Ourselves’ practice-based project, we are attempting to unravel the harmonics of the collaborative voice in educational research, in which the singular voice of the ‘author’ also gives voice to multiple others. ...
Manifesting resilience in the secondary school: an investigation of the relationship dynamic in visual arts classrooms International Journal of Education & the Arts (2015)
Responding to the literature on positive adaptability, we investigated caring relationships as they manifest as protective processes in the Visual Arts classroom. Caring relationships between teachers and their students have been isolated as one of ...
Requiem for my teaching: a collage of re-presentations on my lived experience of loss, beauty, change, healing and hope Montage, collage, bricolage, pastiche: inciting representations of arts-based educational research through translations, interpretations and transformations, Symposium: American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting (2015)
Researching suicide from an original voice, collaborative, arts-based perspective: issues for doctoral research, supervision and examination Creative Approaches to Research (2015)
Shortly after being informed of his brother’s suicide in 2002, Mic descended into a suicidal crisis of his own. As he had already attempted to take his own life on two separate occasions as a ...
Collaborative visual mapping as performance: visual arts pre-service teachers' reflections on practicum International Journal of Education through Art (2014)
This poetic, visual essay describes a collaborative, visual performance enacted by a cohort of Visual Arts pre-service teachers. The students mapped memories and experiences of their first teaching experience from practicum, motivated by discussion, stimuli ...
Drawing on experience: the challenges that generalist teachers face in delivering visual arts effectively in primary school Australian Art Education (2014)
This paper examines contemporary challenges in providing relevant and quality Visual Arts education in the Primary school setting in Australia. To that end, implications and issues surrounding an effective Visual Arts education delivered by generalist ...
Echoes of a C/a/r/tography: mapping the practicum experience of pre-service visual arts teachers in the 'Visual Echoes Project' Australian Art Education (2014)
This paper describes a collaborative arts-based research project entitled ‘Visual Echoes’ that explored the practicum experiences of pre-service Visual Arts teachers. Developing from the methodology of a/r/tography, this inquiry employed visual mapping as an approach ...
[In]accessibilities: presentations, representations and re-presentations in arts-based research Creative Approaches to Research (2013)
There lingers a crisis of representation with respect to arts-based doctoral research. Despite the progress made by researchers and the suitability of the digital environment for the reception of arts-based research, authentic portrayal continues to ...
Digital technology in the visual arts classroom: an [un]easy partnership Studies in Art Education (2012)
This article scrutinizes the dichotomy of the uneasy and easy partnerships that exist between digital technology and visual arts education. The claim that by putting computers Into schools "we have bought 'one half of a ...
Arts-research-education: connections and directions School of Education (2018)
Drawing from an international authorship and having global appeal, this book scrutinizes, suggests and aggravates the relationships, boundaries and connections between arts, research and education in various contexts. Building upon existing publications in the field ...
Creative works (5)
Figure 0.1 Untitled, detail Arts education and curriculum studies : the contributions of Rita L. Irwin (2018)
One of a series of collaborative paintings portraying a walkings-through of experience, journeys and engagements, positioned as c/a/r/tography. The assemblage of this c/a/r/tography drawn upon Deleuzoguattarian notions of affect and the walkings-through are staged in ...