Faculty of Education

Arts & Creativity


The Creativity and Arts research group is inclusive of a diverse range of educational and transdisciplinary research. The researchers in this group bring together their multiple research interests to explore the ways in which Creativity, the Arts and education impact the human condition.

Children's wellbeing is identified as a central goal of schooling addressed in numerous ways within curriculum frameworks and school leadership standards. One little known aspect of wellbeing is its cultural dimensions. Cultural wellbeing has recently been introduced into educational policy, but there is little research specifically addressing this area. What is cultural wellbeing and how is it relevant in education? What could cultural wellbeing look like within a classroom community? These questions form both the challenge and the inquiry of a study of cultural wellbeing being conducted with teachers and students in school classroom communities in Tasmania.

Project No: H0014275

Project Members:

Dr Janet Dyment Ms Sherridan Emery Dr Mary Ann Hunter

A project that began with a curious idea to make creativity more visible in Tasmanian schools. The project brings together the UTAS Faculty of Education, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education and a growing community of educators in Tasmania and beyond. If you're new to the project, find out what the Curious Schools Project is about at the curious schools website.

Project Members:

Ms Sherridan Emery Dr Mary Anne Hunter

For humans to continue to live on this planet, we need to reverse our own trajectory, and reframe our thinking and actions.

Due for Publication: 2016 Springer Press.

Project Members:

Ms Sherridan Emery

This study seeks to explore Early Career Teacher (ECT) understanding of the concepts of creativity and resilience in relation to the educational context; this is vital to improved learning and teaching practices aimed at preparing effective thinkers, innovators and problem solvers of the future. At the same time, it is widely acknowledged that the first five years in the profession is the time when ECT attrition is most common; this is often linked to issues that relate to, or impact upon, teacher resilience. Therefore, exploring the inter-play between creativity and resilience with this cohort will be timely, relevant and significant in relation to issues of ECT retention and creative learning and teaching for the future.

Project Members:

Ms Robyn McCarthy

Alerting arts industry and education stakeholders to the value of mentoring partnerships between artists and school students in a contemporary music program. 2014-2017 Program Evaluation and Partnership.

Project Members:

Tina Broad Dr Mary Anne Hunter

This project is an extension of an earlier research project. The overarching research questions that inform this project are: 1. What is the extent and nature of e-learning in Arts education in Australian pre-service primary and early childhood teaching degrees? 2. What are academic perceptions of both the quality of student learning in this environment, and the applicability of an online context to learning in Arts education? This project extends the earlier study by: collecting baseline data from across the sector, investigating the motivations, methodologies and pedagogies of other academics in this area, and seeking EOIs in partnering with UTAS.

Project Members:

Dr William Baker Dr Mary Anne Hunter

Project Members:

Gerard van der Geer

Project Members:

Alicia Baud