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Mary Ann Hunter

Mary Ann Hunter

Graduate Research Coordinator
Senior Lecturer in Arts Education

Room 445, Hytten Hall, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2530 (phone)

MaryAnn.Hunter@utas.edu.au

Mary Ann Hunter is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education.  She teaches and supervises in the fields of arts education and drama and performance studies.  Mary Ann's research interests focus on the role of the arts and creative practice in education and applied settings.  She is interested in interdisciplinary enquiry and her experience is in qualitative and arts-based methods of research and evaluation in school, industry and community contexts.

Biography

Mary Ann has worked across a range of contexts, including in government, freelance media, creative industry and community-based positions. Prior to joining UTAS, she was Lecturer in Drama and Performance at the University of Queensland, where she was also a Research Associate with the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Alongside national and international consultancy work in cultural policy development, mentoring, evaluation and curriculum design, Mary Ann has produced feature programs for ABC Radio National, was a reviewer and State contributing editor for Real Time+Onscreen, and was start-up coordinator for meenah mienne, an arts-based mentoring program founded by Elders and artists supporting Aboriginal young people in the justice system in Tasmania.Mary Ann serves on the editorial panel of About Performance and is an advisory board member and former co-editor of Australasian Drama Studies. A current committee member of Drama Tasmania, she also contributes to community-based initiatives in creative health. Awards include: Teaching Merit Certificate (UTAS), Most Effective Teacher Commendations (UQ), the Australian Philip Parsons Prize for Performance as Research (ADSA), Deans' List Award for Outstanding PhD Research (UQ), and a Flinders University Medal.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (1999) 'Anxious futures: Valuing young people and youth-specific performance in Australia's cultural field' University of Queensland, Australia 
  • Grad Dip Ed (1992) MacAuley College, Australia
  • BA (Hons) (1990) Flinders University, Australia
  • BA (1989) University of Queensland, Australia

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australasian Association for Drama and Performance
  • International Peace Research Association
  • Australian Association of Research in Education
  • DramaTas

Teaching

Arts education, drama education, mentoring, drama and performance, arts-based research.

Teaching expertise

Mary Ann is former Course Coordinator of the Education Faculty Postgraduate Coursework Program and Facilitator of the Arts and Creativity Teaching and Research Group.

Teaching responsibility

In the Master of Teaching, Mary Ann currently coordinates and teaches into

In the Bachelor of Education, Mary Ann coordinators Arts Education:

Research Appointments

  • Drama Australia Liaison Officer (Tasmania)
  • Australia Council peer assessor

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Expertise

  • Arts Education
  • Arts and peacebuilding
  • Artists in Schools
  • Community cultural development
  • Arts and Industry partnerships
  • Drama and Performance

Research Themes

Mary Ann's research aligns to the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society.  Mary Ann's current research interests include understanding the nature of curiosity in arts education and applied arts encounters.  This includes exploration of theoretical and practical components of curiosity as they relate to performance practices, teaching and learning, and community-based engagements with the arts.  Mary Ann's other research projects include:

  • Acting Together: an investigation of the role of theatre and performance in peacebuilding. In association with the Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University, this collaboration includes the development of a website, anthology, film documentary, and toolkit for artists, educators and NGOs.  This work has resulted in ongoing contributions to interdisciplinary explorations of the arts, including invitational participation in Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies international roundtable on resilience and the arts, convened by the University of British Columbia, as well as research on arts-based development and peacebuilding in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Songmakers Evaluation: a four year commissioned research project with APRA AMCOS (formerly Australasian Performing Rights Association).  This project evaluates the impact of a national artists-in-residence program that engages students in real-world processes of writing and producing contemporary music.
  • Curious Schools:  an online resource for and by teachers showcasing inquiry-based teaching and learning in and through the arts. This is currently a partnership with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education and eight participating schools and arts organisations in Tasmania, including a family day care program.
  • Transforming learning in an unsustainable world.  This is an interdisciplinary research collaboration to examine the potential of Education for Sustainability and Arts Education to lead local and international educational reform.

Awards

  • Australian Philip Parsons Prize for Performance as Research (ADSA)
  • Deans' List Award for Outstanding PhD Research (UQ)
  • Flinders University Medal
  • Commendation Marlis Thiersch Award for research excellence in an English-language article (ADSA)

Fields of Research

  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
  • Education (139999)
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
  • Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing (199999)
  • Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190499)
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
  • Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies (200209)
  • Continuing and Community Education (130101)

Research Objectives

  • The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) (950105)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Music (950101)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Teacher and Instructor Development (930202)
  • Learner and Learning Processes (930102)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) (930104)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Education (970113)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Law, Politics and Community Services (949999)
  • Resourcing of Education and Training Systems (930503)
  • Community Service (excl. Work) (940199)
  • Learner Development (930103)

Publications

Mary Ann has published in the areas of arts education, mentoring, youth cultural development and performance.   She is a recent co-editor of focus journal issues on Risk and Performance (About Performance with Paul Dwyer) and Critical Approaches to Arts-Based Research (UNESCO Observatory e-Journalwith Anne Harris and Claire Hall)

Total publications

36

Highlighted publications

(2 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2015Chapter in BookHunter M, 'Rethinking industry partnerships: Arts education and uncertainty in liquid modern life', Routledge International Handbook of the Arts and Education, Routledge, M Fleming, L Bresler & J O'Toole (ed), 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 USA, pp. 361-370. ISBN 978-0-415-83921-1 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Journal ArticleHunter MA, 'Cultivating the art of safe space', Research in Drama Education, 13, (1) pp. 5-21. ISSN 1356-9783 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13569780701825195 [eCite] [Details]

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Journal Article

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2018Hunter MA, Broad T, Jeanneret N, 'SongMakers: An industry-led approach to arts partnerships in education', Arts Education Policy Review, 119, (1) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1063-2913 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10632913.2016.1163308 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2016Baker WJ, Hunter M-A, Thomas S, 'Arts education academics' perceptions of eLearning & teaching in Australian early childhood and primary ITE degrees', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41, (11) pp. 31-43. ISSN 0313-5373 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n11.3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Baker WJ; Thomas S

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2015Hunter M, Emery S, 'The curious schools project: capturing nomad creativity in teacher work', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40, (10) pp. 167-179. ISSN 0313-5373 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2015v40n10.10 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Emery S

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2014Dwyer P, Hunter M, Pearson JH, 'About Performance', (12) ISSN 1324-6089 (2014) [Edited Journal]

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2014Hunter M, Baker WJ, Nailon DL, 'Generating Cultural Capital? Impacts of artists-in-residence on teacher professional learning', Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39, (6) pp. 75-88. ISSN 0313-5373 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2014v39n6.4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Co-authors: Baker WJ; Nailon DL

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2014Hunter MA, Page L, 'What is "the good" of arts-based peacebuilding? Questions of value and evaluation in current practice', Peace and Conflict Studies, 21, (2) pp. 117-134. ISSN 1082-7307 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Page L

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2012Fotheringham R, Forgasz R, Ginters L, Hunter MA, Warrington L, et al., 'ADS at thirty: Three decades of Australasian drama, theatre, performance and scholarly research', Australasian Drama Studies, 60, (April 2012) pp. 6-19. ISSN 0810-4123 (2012) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2011Bourke L, Hunter M, 'Not Just an Audience: Young people transforming our theatre', Platform Papers, 26, (January 2011) pp. 1-70. (2011) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2008Hunter MA, 'Cultivating the art of safe space', Research in Drama Education, 13, (1) pp. 5-21. ISSN 1356-9783 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13569780701825195 [eCite] [Details]

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2005Hunter M, 'Of peacebuilding and performance: Contact Inc's 'third space' of intercultural collaboration', Australasian Drama Studies, (47) pp. 140 - 158. ISSN 0810-4123 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2005Hunter M, Milne G, 'Young People and Performance in Australia and New Zealand', Australasian Drama Studies, (47) pp. 3 - 13. ISSN 0810-4123 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2004Hunter M, 'Utopia, Maps and ecstasy: Configuring space in Barrie Kosky's 1996 Adelaide Festival', Australasian Drama Studies, 44, (April 2004) pp. 36-51. ISSN 0810-4123 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2001Hunter M, 'Anxious Futures: Magpie2 and 'New Generationalism' in Australian youth specific theatre', Theatre Research International, 26, (1) pp. 71-81. ISSN 0307-8833 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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2001Hunter M, 'Contemporary Australian youth-specific performance and the negotiation of change', Nj (Drama Australia Journal), 24, (1) pp. 25-36. ISSN 1326-5490 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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2001Hunter M, 'Performing Youth: A tactical arts response', ARIEL, 32, (4) pp. 229-243. ISSN 0004-1327 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Hunter MA, Aprill A, Hill A, Emery S, 'Education, arts and sustainability: emerging practice for a changing world', Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 107. ISBN 978-981-10-7708-1 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-7710-4 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Aprill A; Hill A; Emery S

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2017Sinclair C, Jeanneret N, O'Toole J, Hunter M, 'Education in the Arts', Oxford University Press Australia, Australia, pp. 400. ISBN 9780195527940 (2017) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Hunter M, 'Artists, presence and the gift of being unteacherly', Art, Artists and Pedagogy, Routledge, C Naughton, G Biesta, D Cole (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 31-42. ISBN 9781138500518 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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2018MacDonald A, Hunter M, 'Arts-Based Research in Education: Becomings from a Doctoral Research Perspective', Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, D Kember, M Corbett (ed), Singapore, pp. 251-261. ISBN 978-981-13-0510-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-0511-5_25 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: MacDonald A

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2017Hunter M, Brown R, 'What can mindful educators learn from artists who work with children?', Education in the Arts, Oxford University Press Australia, C Sinclair, N Jeanneret, J O'Toole, M Hunter (ed), Australia, pp. 239-250. ISBN 9780190304089 (2017) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2017Hunter MA, MacDonald A, 'Dark Play: On an Alternative Politics of Aspiration', Playing with Possibilities, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, P O'Connor, C Gomez (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 16-33. ISBN 978-1-5275-0379-3 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: MacDonald A

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2017O'Toole J, Hunter M, Sinclair C, Jeanneret N, 'Teaching with Art in Mind', Education in the Arts, Oxford University Press Australia, C Sinclair, N Jeanneret, J O'Toole, M Hunter (ed), Australia, pp. 5-16. ISBN 9780190304089 (2017) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2017Raphael J, Hunter M, 'The Arts and Teaching for Diversity', Education in the Arts, Oxford University Press Australia, C Sinclair, N Jeanneret, J O'Toole, M Hunter (ed), Australia, pp. 251-266. ISBN 9780190304089 (2017) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2015Hunter M, 'Rethinking industry partnerships: Arts education and uncertainty in liquid modern life', Routledge International Handbook of the Arts and Education, Routledge, M Fleming, L Bresler & J O'Toole (ed), 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 USA, pp. 361-370. ISBN 978-0-415-83921-1 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Hunter MA, 'Alternative politics of learning: The legacy of TIE in Australia', Learning through Theatre: The changing face of theatre education, Routledge, A Jackson and C Vine (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 171-190. ISBN 978-0-415-53070-5 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Hunter MA, Bourke L, 'A Quiet Kind of Magic: Performance for Young Audiences in the New Millennium', Catching Australian Theatre in the 2000s, Editions Rodopi B.V, R Fotheringham and J Smith (ed), New York, pp. 123-150. ISBN 978-90-420-3752-6 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Hunter MA, 'Change the World as We Know It: Peace, Youth and Performance in Australia', Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Tansformation of Conflict, New Village Press, CE Cohen, RG Varea, PO Walker (ed), Oakland, California, pp. 73-91. ISBN 9780981559391 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Hunter M, 'Youthful Presence: Nick Enright as teacher and A Property of the Clan', Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright, Ropodi, Pender, A & Lever, S (ed), New York, New York, pp. 79-94. ISBN 978-90-420-2460-1 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2003Clark R, Hunter M, 'Developing cultural citizens through Australia's young artists mentoring program', Global perspectives on mentoring: Transforming contexts, communities and cultures, Information Age Press, Kochan, F & Pascarelli, J (ed), Greenwich, Cennecticut, pp. 53-72. ISBN 1-930608-38-1 (2003) [Research Book Chapter]

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2001Hunter M, 'No safety gear: Skate girl space and the regeneration of Australian community-based performance', Performing Democracy: International perspectives on urban community-based performance, University of Michigan Press, Haedicke, SC & Nelhaus, T (ed), United States of America, pp. 326-340. ISBN 0-472-09760-1 (2001) [Research Book Chapter]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Hunter M, 'Artist in residence program evaluation 2009 - 2010', The Australia Council, Australia (2009) [Contract Report]

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2005Hunter M, 'Education and the arts research overview', Australian Council for the Arts (2005) [Consultants Report]

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2002Hunter M, 'Getting Connected: Making your mentorship work', Australian Council for the Arts (2002) [Contract Report]

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Other Public Output

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Hunter M, 'Song Makers Program Evaluation 2016', Song Makers Program Evaluation 2016, APRA AMCOS, Australia (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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2015Hunter M, 'Song Makers Program Evaluation 2015', Song Makers Program Evaluation 2015, APRA AMCOS, Australia (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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2014Hunter M, 'Song Makers Program Evaluation 2014', Song Makers Program Evaluation 2014, APRA AMCOS, Australia (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$80,635

Projects

The role of the Youth Orchestra in the development of creativity, social learning, wellbeing, and resilience in Tasmania. (2018)$11,910
Description
Social isolation amongst young people in regional areas is a problem for the Tasmanian community. Whilst our world has become more connected through technology, issues of social isolation persist, with rural and regional young peoples wellbeing and resilience becoming a serious concern for researchers (Houghton, Hattie, Carroll, Wood, & Baffour, 2016; Noble-Carr, Barker, McArthur & Woodman, 2014). Participation in youth orchestras offers unique opportunities for young people to develop social networks and employability skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking (Jefferson & Anderson, 2017). Anecdotal evidence suggests youth orchestras support the development of young peoples resiliency and self-esteem, however little research has been conducted to identify these impacts and the enablers and barriers to young peoples participation. The research team comprised of Faculty of Education, School of Social Sciences and School of Creative Arts researchers with principal partner the TYO, along with ASME (Tas), TMTA and AMEB will address these questions: 1. How does a Youth Orchestra enable young people to develop their social agency, resilience and wellbeing?2. What role do community stakeholders, such as family members, teachers and peers play in the development of an accessible and socially inclusive Youth Orchestra? 3. What are the enablers and barriers to young people participating in a Tasmanian Youth Orchestra?This project will foster collaboration between researchers and industry partners and build research capacity via mentoring.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($11,910)
Scheme
Grant - CALE Hothouse Alignment Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Baker WJ; Hunter M; McLeod K; Forbes AM; Monkhouse H; McCarthy RJ; Howard CA
Year
2018
Mentoring for Professional Practice: A Creativity Based Approach (2018)$13,777
Description
Graduate teachers and social workers face many challenges in their first year of practice: managing new professional environments, assuming new responsibilities, and meeting accountability standards and performance expectations (Zukas 2011) often with little systemic workplace support (Ingvarson 2014). These issues have been shown to contribute to high levels of stress and burnout (Nobel & Mcfarlane 2007; Smullens 2015), and early career attrition (House of Representatives Standing Committee in Education and Vocational Training 2007), with up to one third of teachers in OECD countries leaving within the first five years of professional practice (Ewing & Manuel 2005). In the face of such demands, opportunities to sustain creativity, curiosity, resilience and a sense of presence in the day-to-day relational practices required of teachers and social workers are limited, with a reported mismatch between early career professionals idealistic motivations and everyday experience (Abbott-Chapman 2005; Day & Gu 2010). This project will form a new interdisciplinary team to improve new teachers and social workers experiences of crossing, transitioning, [and] translating (Johnson et al 2014) their first year of professional practice. We aim to pilot a creative strengths-based mentoring approach that enables new teachers and social workers to develop their personal and social resiliency, agency, and professional identity while enacting the values and understandings that underlie mandated professional standards.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($13,777)
Scheme
Grant - CALE Hothouse Alignment Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hunter M; MacDonald AJ; Baltra-Ulloa AJ; McLeod K; Thakchoe S; Wise CJE
Year
2018
Evaluation of Song Makers Program (2014 - 2018)$38,500
Description
This project will develop a framework for the Musos in Residence evaluation process which will enable analysis of the programs impacts on: student participants; artist mentors; teachers and schools; and more broadly, the Australian music industry. It will oversee the analysis and reporting of data, carry out focus groups or participant interviews as required, oversee appropriate ethics clearances where required, help identify aspects of the program that make it distinctive, nationally and internationally. It will generate new knowledge about the work of artists in schools and the management and outcomes of education and industry partnerships in education. The knowledge will be disseminated both for the purposes of client further planning and for contribution to a scholarly understanding of new frameworks for education/industry partnerships.
Funding
Australasian Performing Right Assocation ($38,500)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hunter M
Period
2014 - 2018
Applied Research for Contact Inc. (2013)$4,000
Description
This project will assist Contact Inc, a not-for-profit community development organisation, Brisbane, Qld in articulating its history, goal and vision for the future in the context of current research and scholarship in socially-engaged arts practice.
Funding
Contact Inc. ($4,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hunter M
Year
2013
'Scientific and Academic Knowledge', Biennial Conference of the International Universities Institute of Advanced Study, Vancouver (2013)$2,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hunter M
Year
2013
An Investigation of the Impact of Artist/Teacher Partnerships on Teachers' Discourse and Pedagogy of Creativity (2012)$5,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hunter M; Baker WJ
Year
2012
An Investigation of Policy Paradigms for Arts-based Peacebuilding (2011)$4,948
Funding
University of Tasmania ($4,948)
Scheme
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hunter M
Year
2011

Research Supervision

Mary Ann supervises in the fields of arts education, performing arts, peacebuilding, sociocultural theory, and community cultural development and policy.  Her methodological areas of interest are in arts-based approaches, discourse analysis, and qualitative research more broadly.

Current

7

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDCultural Wellbeing in Classroom Communities: A constructivist grounded theory study2014
PhDThe Power of Play: Using Drama Therapy to Support at-risk Adolescents from Multicultural Backgrounds2015
PhDPrimary School Children's Perceptions of Their Own Visual Art Learning and What Generalist Primary School Teachers Can Learn from This to Inspire Their Own Teaching2016
PhDImagination and Outdoor Environmental Education: Designing a framework to enhance pre-service and in-service teacher outcomes2017
MastersImaginal Training Methodology2017
PhDHelplessly Hoping: Exploring the role of industry mentoring on the school-to-work transitions of young Australian songwriters2018
PhDTurning the Publishing Paradigm Upside Down: How can marginalised children benefit from direct participation in the book publishing process and how can publishing their 'unheard voices' contribute to cultural transformation?2018

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDOnce You Do Your Bit, What Happens Then? A narrative study of parents experiences of reporting bullying to schools
Candidate: Karen Elizabeth Herne
2018