About Professor Robyn Ewing

I am especially passionate about ensuring that both pre-service and postgraduate teacher education programs effectively equip our teachers for the demands of the 21st century. I would also like to see the Arts, including dance, drama, literature, music and visual arts, realise their transformative potential across the curriculum.

Currently Associate Dean (Academic Strategy) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and formerly a primary teacher, I have developed a significant international research reputation in a range of curriculum areas including innovative, quality teaching and learning practices in pre-service and inservice teacher education, the role of the arts, particularly drama in enhancing student learning and literacy outcomes the experiences of early career teachers, arts informed inquiry, and action learning as a professional learning tool.

In pre-service teacher education I have focused on researching the development, implementation and impact of inquiry case -based pedagogy. This integrates with my ongoing research analysing the experiences of early career teachers, the effectiveness of their preparation and their retention in the profession.

At the same time I have been investigating the use of drama as critical, quality pedagogy to improve student literacy and English outcomes.  This work has had a major impact on teacher professional learning in Australian and Canadian classrooms in particular, and in school systems and on educators in other international contexts. Currently I am working in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company on the School Drama Project. In 2011 eighteen schools across all education sectors were involved in this project.

I am currently a Chief Investigator with colleagues from the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Griffith and a number of partners from the theatre industry in the three eastern seaboard states on a large ARC Linkages project “TheatreSpace: Accessing the Cultural Conversation”, which explores the role of the Arts in the cultural experience of secondary students and young adults and the impact it has on their lives.

My expertise in the use of innovative qualitative research methodologies is highly regarded nationally and internationally. Nine of my recent research higher degree students have chosen to explore the use of this methodology. Three, (Drs Anderson, Cutcher and Hatton), have won or been finalists for international awards.


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Selected publications

  • Groundwater-Smith, S., Ewing, R. & Le Cornu, R. (2011). Teaching. Challenges and Dilemmas. (4th ed.), Melbourne: Cengage.
  • Gibson, R. & Ewing, R. (2011). Transforming the Curriculum through the Arts. Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ewing, R. (2010). The Arts and Australian Education: Realising Potential. Melbourne: Australian Council of Educational Research.
  • Ewing, R. (2010). Curriculum and Assessment: A Narrative Approach. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Ewing, R., Lowrie, T. and Higgs, J.(eds). (2010). Teaching and Communicating: Rethinking Professional Experiences. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Aubusson, P, Ewing, R. & Hoban, G. (2009). Action Learning in Schools: Reframing teachers' professional learning and development.. London: Routledge.
  • Ewing, R. (2011). Investigating the Liminal in Professional Education through Arts-Informed Research. . In L. Markauskaite, P. Freebody & J. Irwin (Ed.), Methodological Design. Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research. London: Springer..
  • Ewing, R. (2011). Action Research and Professional Learning: Some reflections on inquiries that advance professional knowledge and practice. . In n L. Markauskaite, P. Freebody & J. Irwin (eds.). (Ed.), IMethodological Design. Scholarship, Policy and Practice in Social and Educational Research. London: Springer..
  • Ewing, R., & Le Cornu, R. (2010). From practice teaching to practicum to professional experiences.. In R.Ewing, T.Lowrie & J.Higgs (Ed.), Teaching and Communicating: Rethinking Professional Experiences (pp. 31–41), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Ewing, R. (2010). Literacy and the Arts. In Christie, F. & Simpson, A. (Ed.), Literacy and Social Responsibility London: Equinox.