Professor Robyn Ewing

Council Member

Robyn is Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, 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 and transforming the curriculum at all levels of education. 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. Her partnership with Sydney Theatre Company on the teacher professional learning School Drama program is based on this work and she has been published widely in this area.

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. She is also particularly interested in innovative qualitative research methodologies including the role of the arts in educational research. Robyn was president of the Primary English Teachers Association from 2001-2006 and is immediate past president (2011-15) of the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA) and former vice president of Sydney Story Factory. She is also an Honorary Associate with Sydney Theatre, a Director of West Words and Visiting Scholar at Barking Gecko Children's Theatre. She enjoys working collaboratively with classroom teachers interested in innovative curriculum practices.

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