Higher-degree research being undertaken by Linda Lorenza

Degree:

PhD

Supervisors:

Associate Professor Michael Anderson

Thesis title:

Teachers’ perceptions of change in the Arts curriculum in Australia.

Email:

llor4816@uni.sydney.edu.au


Project description

Australian schools will soon engage with a national curriculum in the Arts. There are considerable implications for both practice and policy. Teachers’ willingness to adopt a new curriculum and adapt to change is often a mitigating factor.

The research question, What are NSW Arts teachers’ perceptions of change in the Arts curriculum in the Australian context? Is developed by sub-questions, What evidence from the data will identify these perceptions? and What factors may account for these perceptions?

This research is focussed on NSW arts teachers’ perceptions of curriculum change from the state curriculum they currently teach, to the incoming Australian Arts curriculum. The qualitative research uses case study involving interview and document analysis. It is anticipated that the analysis of the collected data will provide a benchmark of NSW teachers’ responses to the incoming Australian Curriculum in the Arts.

Linda Lorenza BA Grad Dip Ed MA(Theatre) COGE, studied her first degree in Linguistics focusing on speech and language disorders at Macquarie University. Upon completion she worked in speech technology research within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney, where she secretly delighted in being an Arts graduate informing engineers in the faculty in which her older brother was a student. She analysed Australian English for computer recognition and synthesis of speech - the beginnings of the automated voice systems in use today (for which she accepts no responsibility). Linda later studied Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium and then in Italy with Julliard School (New York). She studied Education by distance through the University of New England and later undertook both the Certificate of Gifted Education and her Masters degree in Theatre at the University of NSW. She has worked in NSW schools as a teacher of drama, music, English and voice. Linda was Head of Education for theatre company, Bell Shakespeare for five years before joining the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority in 2010 to facilitate the development of the Australian Arts curriculum. Supervised by Associate Professor Michael Anderson, whom she first met as a fellow undergraduate at Macquarie University, and Dr Robyn Gibson, Linda is burning the candle at both ends as a part-time doctoral research student in the Faculty of Education & Social Work at the University of Sydney whilst working to maintain her Arts-loving lifestyle.

Professional and community roles:

  • 2010 - 2015 Senior Project Officer, The Arts, Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority
  • 2005 – 2010 Head of Education, Bell Shakespeare
  • 2013 Director It Just Stopped, Theatre on Chester
  • 2014 Director Money And Friends, Theatre on Chester

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