Research

The Arts Education team within the MGSE encourage pro-active and collaborative approaches to educational research and research-led teaching. We focus on the nexus between practice and research and the power of arts-rich pedagogy and curriculum, in education settings and the context of lifelong learning. We believe that creativity is an essential capability for personal, social, community and working life, and we pursue ways of developing and fostering creativity in our own students and in all educational systems – formal, non-formal and informal. Our artistic and creative forms of teaching and research inform and drive our continuously evolving courses and subjects and research themes for the Graduate School.

Projects

Arts and community

Accessing the Cultural Conversation – Kate Donelan, Angela O'Brien, Christine Sinclair, Clare Irvine, Ricci-Jane Adams, Tim Stitz and John O'Toole

Researching Artplay and Signal – Neryl Jeanneret, Robert Brown and John O'Toole

Teacher Education

Teacher Artmaker Project – Wesley Imms and Purnima Ruanglertbutr

Teachers’ application of arts rich practice: teaching in and through the arts - Susan Wright, Neryl Jeanneret, Christine Sinclair, Marnee Watkins, Richard Sallis, Jennifer Stevens-Ballenger, Gina Grant

An investigation of graduate primary teachers’ practical knowledge, confidence, efficacy and agency related to implementing the visual arts in their first year of generalist classroom teaching – Marnee Watkins and Gina Grant.

Early Intervention of Preschool Teachers in Promoting Children's Mathematics Learning – Pam Sharpe, Susan Wright, Sirene Lim

Investigating graduate primary generalist teachers’ experiences teaching art and literature – Marnee Watkins,Pam McIntyre and Gina Grant

Music in preservice primary education: National developments – Neryl Jeanneret

Nurturing Innovation in Primary One Classrooms through Early Childhood Practices – Susan Wright, Linda Gan

Arts partnerships

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

Capacity Building in Arts Education – Neryl Jeanneret, Kate Donelan

Researching Artplay and Signal- John O’Toole, Neryl Jeanneret, Robert Brown

Music Generator – Neryl Jeanneret

Musica Viva in P-6 – Neryl Jeanneret

Partnerships between schools and the professional arts sector supported by Arts Victoria: Research and evaluation – Wes Imms, Neryl Jeanneret, and Jennifer Stevens-Ballenger

Mapping and augmenting engagement, learning and cultural citizenship for children undertaking ArtPlay workshops with artists – John O’Toole, Neryl Jeanneret

Partnerships between schools and the professional arts sector supported by Arts Victoria (Phase 1) – John O’Toole, Kate Donelan, Wes Imms, Neryl Jeanneret, Claire Irvine

Learning in and through the arts

A Development Project for the Scoping of the Singapore Early Years Longitudinal Study (SEYLS) – Susan Wright, Audrey Lim, Sirene Lim, Zi Jia Ng, Kenneth Poon, Tan Liang See, Yang Chien Hui

An investigation of graduate primary teachers’ practical knowledge, confidence, efficacy and agency related to implementing the visual arts in their first year of generalist classroom teaching – Marnee Watkins and Gina Grant

Creativity: Representational Practices in Artistic DomainsProf Susan Wright, Prof John Matthews, Dr Stephanie Burridge, Assoc Prof Tan Ai Girl, Prof Brian Street

Curriculum Implementation in Early Primary Schools in Singapore (CIEPSS) – Rita Silver, Susan Wright, Roksana Bibi Binte Abdullah, Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen, Seetha Lakshmi, Yang Yanning, Yeo Kai Kow Joseph

ePortfolios for creative arts, music and arts students in Australian universities – Jennifer Rowley, Peter Dunbar-Hall, Dawn Bennett, Diana Blom, Neryl Jeanerret, Matthew Hitchcock

Investigating graduate primary generalist teachers’ experiences teaching art and literature – Marnee Watkins, Pam McIntyre and Gina Gran

Mapping and augmenting engagement, learning and cultural citizenship for children undertaking ArtPlay workshops with artists – John O’Toole, Neryl Jeanneret

Musical Futures: An Australian perspective – Neryl Jeanneret

Pictures, words and voices: Provoking thinking and inquiry through art rich picturebooks – Marnee Watkins

Students

Research with us

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is widely recognised as a leader in Australian education research.

Our Arts Education experts have a wealth of experience in supervising research students for a diverse range of arts, education and cross –disciplinary projects.

For more information about how to research with us: Research Degrees

Student projects

Current and Past Research Students

Reem Al-Mahmood

Thesis topic: Performing identities online: a choreography of learning and spatiality; The cyber experience of online tertiary learning
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Celia Anderson

Supervisors: Dr Neryl Jeanneret, Dr Julianne Moss

Li Li Ang

Thesis topic: State of school discipline: teachers', students' and parents' perception of effective school discipline and school climate for studies
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss
Thesis topic: The effects of You Can Do It! Early Childhood Program on the Social Emotional Development, Well-Being and Achievement on Young Children in Singapore
Supervisor: A/Professor Christine Ure

Suzanne Barr

Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Charmaine Basel

Thesis topic: Raised Voices: Drama as a means of self-expresion and performance in socialist Vietnam - Vietnamese students' experience of studying and creating drama in an international school
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Bronwyn Bedford

Thesis topic: A model for effective group instrumental teaching in primary school
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Marcia Behrenbruch

Thesis topic: Student directed inquired based in learning in middle schooling
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Jane Bird

Thesis topic: Investigating the process of creating an ethnographic performance
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Demissie Bitew

Thesis topic: An investigaton of Ethiopian and Ethio-Australian secondary school students' school experiences in Melbourne
Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Rosemary Blight

Thesis topic: Let's act now - identifying strategies for helping indigenous students engage and succeed in further education and training
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Gisela Boetker-Smith

Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Julianne Brandon

Supervisor: A/Professor Christine Ure

Sarah Brooke

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Kylie Budge

Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Jemimah Bunn

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Margaret Burnell

Thesis topic: Listening to the voice of the child in silence: ethnographic study of children in a culturally diverse setting
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Michelle Camp

Thesis topic: Issues, structures and motivational stimuli of primary school students and teachers in an Australian classroom instrumental music program
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Carol Carter

Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Justin Cash

Thesis topic: The impact of new and emerging technologies (particularly web-based) on teaching and learning in the Drama classroom
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Niranjan Casinader

Thesis topic: Implications of cross cultural perspectives on creative thinking programs: The conflict between globalisation and internationalisation in the Future Program Solving Program
Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Nadine Crane

Thesis topic: Integrating, inquiring and negotiating the curriculum; a middle years proposal put to practice
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

John Davidson

Thesis topic: Arts in education
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Susan Davies-Splitter

Thesis topic: Can musical freedom or confidence be heightened or developed through an Orff based improvisation course?
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Sally-Jane Denning

Thesis topic: I just went to buy a felafel sandwich.. The Middle Eastern dance experience of six Australians
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

John Dryden

Thesis topic: Internationalising our Learning Communities
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Charles Eller

Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Su Ching Eunice

Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Deborah Field Farago

Thesis topic: Arts Education Policy, Priorities and Practice: policy formation for the arts in education
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Robert Ford

Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Kelly Freebody

Thesis topic: Social justice in the drama classroom: Socioeconomic status as interactional topic and resource
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Gina Grant

Supervisor: Dr Wes Imms

Loretta Greco

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Eva Gyenes

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Joanne Heaton

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Brenda Holt

Thesis topic: Exploring the lived experience of rural young women making the transition to city-based higher education
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Rida Hourani

Thesis topic: What Palestine do we teach? The history curriculum for Palestinian Arabs, 1861-1999
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Gillian Howell

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Stephen Jones

Thesis topic: Multicultural Education: Medical Practitioners' experimental perspectives
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

David Kelman

Thesis topic: Significant stories: An investigation into the making of social meaning in young people's enacted stories
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Bronwyn Kirkby

Thesis topic: How marketing framework can be used to assess and inform current practice within an independent school
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Bronwyn Knox

Thesis topic: The role of school leaders in promoting a school culture of deep learning
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Anne Marie Lancaster

Thesis topic: TBA
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Linus Lane

Thesis topic: The efficacy of environmental programs in primary and secondary schools
Supervisor: Dr Wesley Imms

Narelle Lemon

Thesis topic: Coping with music performance: A program for upper secondary school music students
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Yolette Levy

Thesis topic: Meeting the creative needs of learning difficulties students in arts education
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Gary Lit

Thesis topic: Problemastising Singapore's education in the 21st century: Implementation of the "teach less, learn more" policy
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Brenda Lovell
Nigel Lutersz

Thesis topic: The construction and negotiation of identity at the intersections of student teacher, ethnicity and globalisation
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Seema Maharaj

Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Megan McMaster

Thesis topic: How does the world of the student impact on the development process of an ensemble performance in drama?
Supervisor: Dr Christine Sinclair

Enayetullah Mohammed

Thesis topic: TBA
Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Tiina Moore

Thesis topic: Drama education and self directed learning
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Brian Mundy

Thesis topic: The millenial school: A theoretical basis for curriculum design in a process of educational 'transgression'
Supervisor: Dr Julie White

Jill Parris

Thesis topic: Evaluating outcomes for three CCD projects that use various art forms to deal with trauma
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Jennifer Peters

Thesis topic: Constructing young Australia - a critique of the life and work of R Hawke
Supervisor: Dr Pamela Macintyre

Dean Pierides

Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Shane Reid

Thesis topic: It isnt always about playing the right notes: Meeting the needs of gifted secondary school students with jazz improvisation
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret
Thesis topic: What can children learn about the environment through visual arts?
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Rita Rigo-Toth

Thesis topic: A study of the influences of home and preschool factors on young children's literacy achievement
Supervisor: A/Professor Christine Ure

Phillipa Robinson

Thesis topic: Devising a broad working curriculum for the IB diploma program music course
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Jonathan Rogers

Thesis topic: Exploring possible links between collaborative work practices and social and academic development
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Rebecca Russell

Thesis topic: Visual Theatre: The artists's process and its impact on the creative thinking and visual communication skills of children
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Richard Sallis

Thesis topic: An ethnography incorporating performance of boys and drama education in a coeducational government school
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole
Thesis topic: Masculinities and Drama
Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Kim Senior

Thesis topic: 'Letters' from those who dare teach: Epistolary accounts and qualitative educational research
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss
Thesis topic: Teachers as cultural workers in TAFE."It just says to me that we are all different"
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Andrew Swainston

Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Peter Tarrant

Thesis topic: TBA
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Matthew Thomas

Thesis topic: Subversive pedagogical practices: In what ways do values of social change impact pedagogical decisions?
Supervisor: Dr Mary Dixon

Joseph Tirabassi

Thesis topic: TBA
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Beverley Tongue

Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Elvira Vacirca

Thesis topic: The principles of learning and teaching (POLT) initiative - teacher perceptions and practice. Case studies in pedagogy and learning
Supervisor: Dr Julianne Moss

Fatemeh Vafaeinejad

Thesis topic: The blank canvas: Creative arts as pedagogy in a culturally diverse society
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Yong Yang Wang

Thesis topic: Wenhua Da Gang: The Chinese 'culture curriculum' and contemporary research on the methodology of teaching Chinese as a foreign language in China
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Michael Ward

Thesis topic: Understanding the views of boys
Supervisor: Dr Wesley Imms

Marnee Watkins

Thesis topic: An investigation of the synergy between 'art rich' picturebooks, curiosity, inquiry and higher order thinking in the primary classroom
Supervisor: Dr Neryl Jeanneret

Monique Werda

Thesis topic: Using new media in the drama classroom
Supervisor: Dr Katriona Donelan

Martine White

Supervisor: Professor John O'Toole

Meg Wielgosz

Supervisor: Dr Wesley Imms

Cameron Woolcock

Supervisor: Dr Peter Ferguson

Hong Ye

Thesis topic: Making links between writing and ESL comprehension
Supervisor: Dr Trevor Hay

Suzana Zaper

Thesis topic: Children's attunement with nature explored through their art and narrative: Where does the alchemy occur?
Supervisor: Dr Wesley Imms