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Enacting the Curriculum


A Narrative Approach

Start Date

5th Sep 2017 11:00am

End Date

5th Sep 2017 12:00pm


Education Video Conference Rooms

  • Launceston: NH.A221c.Video
  • Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
  • Cradle Coast: CC.B.159 Video

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The nature of curriculum and curriculum studies within a postmodern context is, and always will be, partial, evolving and recurring. As such, curriculum might also be described as a phenomenological and deconstructed text: a series of discourses. In this session, Professor Robyn Ewing will share with us her experience and expertise in paying attention to the stories and storylines inherent in curriculum development, study and enactment. What might this reveal in relation to how teachers enact and embody curriculum change? How might we, as teacher educators support our pre-service teachers in this space?

Professor Robyn Ewing

Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts
School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

Robyn Ewing AM is Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts in Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. She teaches in the areas of curriculum, English and drama, language and early literacy development and works with both undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service and inservice teachers. Robyn is passionate about the Arts and education and the role quality arts experiences and processes can and should play in creative pedagogy to transform the curriculum at all levels of education. A former primary teacher, Robyn enjoys working collaboratively with classroom teachers interested in innovative curriculum practices and has worked as an academic mentor with teachers in a range of primary and secondary schools.

In the areas of English, literacy and the arts, Robyn's research has particularly focused on the use of educational or process drama with authentic literary texts to develop students' imaginations and critical literacies. She has been published widely in this area and has worked in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company on the School Drama program since 2009. Her current research interests also include teacher education, especially the experiences of early-career teachers and the role of mentoring; sustaining curriculum innovation and evaluation; inquiry and case-based learning; and innovative qualitative research methodologies including the role of the Arts in educational research.

Robyn was president of the Primary English Teachers Association (PETAA) from 2001-2006 and is a past president and Principal Fellow of the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA) and former vice president of Sydney Story Factory. She is also a council member of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), an Honorary Associate with Sydney Theatre, Board member of West Words and Visiting Scholar at Barking Gecko Children's Theatre.