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Researcher: MacDonald, AJ (Dr Abbey MacDonald)

Fields of Research

Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Education
Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Visual Cultures
English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Specialist Studies in Education
Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Continuing and Community Education
Art Criticism
Community Child Health
Higher Education
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Art History
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Museum Studies
Secondary Education
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Health Promotion
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Public Health and Health Services
Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing
Social Change
Visual Arts and Crafts

Research Objectives

Teacher and Instructor Development
The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
School/Institution Community and Environment
Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Gender Aspects of Education
Languages and Literature
Pedagogy
Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
Child Health
Education and Training
Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards
Learner and Learning Processes
Education and Training Systems
School/Institution
Learner and Learning Achievement
Arts and Leisure
The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
Health Education and Promotion
Workforce Transition and Employment
Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Teaching and Instruction Technologies

Career Best Publications

Borderlands: traversing spaces between art making and research; Qualitative Research Journal
Seeing the bigger picture: investigating the state of the arts in teacher education programs in Australia; Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Teachers who feel appreciated are less likely to leave the profession
Teachers’ curriculum stories: perceptions and preparedness to enact change; Educational Philosophy and Theory

Research Publications

'All for one and one for all': The formation of a school/university research team; Hawaii International Conference on Education
A Creative Collaboration: The Australian Arts Education Practice and Research Special Interest Group; World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) 2012: Cultural Encounters and Northern Reflections
A diptych of dilemma: becoming an artist and a teacher; International Journal of Education Through Art
A panorama of practice: A/r/tography around the world; 35th World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art
A paradox of being both highly valued and highly scrutinized: the Australian male primary teacher experience; 2018 ATEA & TEFANZ Conference: Teacher Education in and for Uncertain Times
A significant opportunity: Pre-service teachers working in boarding house contexts
A war imagined: Gallipoli and the art of children’s picture books; Australian Art Education
A/r/tographic inquiry in sport and exercise research: a pilot study examining methodology versatility, feasibility and participatory opportunities; Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
A/r/tography around the world; The Palgrave Handbook of Global Arts Education
Abby Cruickshank MacDonald: How the student can become the teacher and the peer
An analysis of ARC funding for arts education: 2001 - 2012; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference 2013
An exploration of the challenges and benefits of becoming a teacher in a residential education context; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference 2016: transforming education research
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda: Australian picture books (1999-2016) and the First World War; Children's Literature in Education: An International Quarterly
Art Education Australia launch Hadleys Art Prize education kit
Art: what’s STEM got to do with it?; Fifteenth International Congress of Quali­tative Inquiry
Arts-Based Research in Education: Becomings from a Doctoral Research Perspective; Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings
Arts-based research, wellbeing and A/r/tography: Developing individual capabilities; 17th Biennial EARLI Conference on Research on Learning and Instruction
Australian Teacher Educator of the Year: Breakfast with Ryk Goddard
Blending art and science for UTAS sustainability forum
Body of Work
Borderlands: traversing spaces between art making and research; Qualitative Research Journal
Borders
Cape to Cape – A research informed rationale for business case
Classroom collaborations: Art and the Tasmanian primary school
Co-disrupting applications for arts-based research: implications for education; Webinar Series
Collaboration as metaphoric construct and guiding practice in art-making and teaching: A multimodal rendering; Studies in Art Education
Consumed by consumption
Creative Leadership and the Hadley’s Art Prize Hobart (HAPH); Australian Art Education
Cultivating Professional Learning Partnerships in Tasmania; Harnessing the Transformative Power of Education
Cultivating professional learning partnerships in Tasmania: Tom Bentley’s 7 key features of collaboration; Education Transforms 2017
Cultivating quality professional learning partnerships between schools, universities and other stakeholders: take-aways from two Tasmanian case studies; 2018 ATEA & TEFANZ Conference: Teacher Education in and for Uncertain Times
Dancing around drawn edges: Reimagining deficit storylines as sites for relational Arts teacher professional learning collaboration; Australian Art Education
Dark Play: On an Alternative Politics of Aspiration; Playing with Possibilities
Defining professional self: Teacher educator perspectives of the Pre-ECR journey; Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Designing STEAM education: fostering relationality through design-led disruption; The International Journal of Art & Design Education
Discussion with Ivan Webb
Disrupting disciplines: Empowering students and teachers to drive STEAM teacher professional learning design; Teaching Matters 2018
DOUBLE AGENCY
Dr. Abbey MacDonald receives the 2018 Early Career Researcher Award
Drawn Together: An exhibition of life drawing works from Tasmanian teachers and their students
Education in the Arts (3rd Ed), by Sinclair, C, Jeanneret, N, O’Toole, J, Hunter, M, Oxford University Press, 2018, 273 pp.,$74 AUD, ISBN: 978-0-195-52-794-0
Empowering arts teachers to embrace and enact The Australian Curriculum - The Arts: A Tasmanian perspective; National Visual Art Education Conference Program
Engaging communities in nature conservation through aesthetics and art: Preliminary insights from a Tasmanian perspective; AARE Conference 2018
Entangled: Art in the Tasmanian Primary School
Exhibition draws together History and Art through the common motif of landscape
Exploring How Quality Children’s Literature Can Enhance Compassion and Empathy in the Classroom Context; Compassion and Empathy in Educational Contexts
Exploring the relationship between experiences of working in boarding and teacher development: A Tasmanian boarding school perspective; Australian Boarding Schools Association (Tasmanian Committee) Conference
Exploring the relationship between working in boarding and supporting teachers’ delivery of quality pastoral care: a pilot study; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2016: transforming education research
From the wing chair: Stories from and about the experience of living and working in a Tasmanian boarding school; International Journal of Practice Based Humanities
Good teachers grow: Disrupting negative depictions of teachers through relational a/r/tographic inquiry; Australian Art Education
Greater than the sum of its parts: The formation of a school/university research team; The Role of Participants in Education Research: Ethics, epistemologies and methods
HealthLit4Kids Animation: inclusive and informed participants; Engagement Transforms 2019 (ET19)
Hidden Lessons Unveiled
Home where the art is
How three Tasmanian teachers use and respond to emotion in the secondary English classroom; Australian Association for Research in Education Conference (AARE 2011 Conference)
Inaugural Tasmanian Young Artist Awards: interview with Belinda King
Intertwined: An investigation into becoming an artist and teacher
Kit right fit for art prize
Margate Primary wins 2018 Hadley’s School Prize
Meandering
Media interview in relation to the art teachers exhibition at Inveresk - Beyond the Classroom: Art work by art teachers
Out of Control
Painting research practice: how exploration of a 'painting as research' metaphor can be used to refine approaches to conducting research; 2012 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference
PREVIEW: Arts-rich education will help lift literacy and numeracy
Professional pathways: Navigating the professional academic landscape post PhD; AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH IN EDUCATION (AARE) CONFERENCE 2017
Providing pastoral care to rural students in metropolitan boarding schools; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2017
Recast the victims and villains, Replay the scene, and Rebuild the stage
Sanitising landscapes: Implications for meaning making; Journal of Artistic and Creative Education
See saws and sweet spots: Negotiating tensions between aspiration and actuality for education outcomes – An Arts educator perspective
Seeing the bigger picture: investigating the state of the arts in teacher education programs in Australia; Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Something meaningful. Something greater. Something together
SPEED: mobility and exchange
State could lead nation in arts education
State's teachers showing off art talent
STEAM Horizons Professional Learning Collaborative – Interim report/future directions
Steam Horizons Symposium a big student and teacher-driven success
STEAM horizons: Boundary conditions and transitions; 2018 ACUADS Conference
STEAM Horizons: Navigating contentions and possibilities for interdisciplinary pedagogy and learning in Tasmania; AARE Conference 2018
STEAM skills in schools putting Tasmanian students ahead of the curve
STEM and STEAM and the spaces between: an overview of education agendas pertaining to ‘disciplinarity’ across three Australian states; Journal of Research in STEM Education
STEM, STEAM and the spaces between: Explicating the enablers and inhibitors of interdisciplinary teaching and learning; 2019 ATEA Conference
Stemming the flow of STEAM
Students STEAM projects shared with streaming event
Students STEAM projects shared with streaming event
Talking to and about teachers: Resisting deficit discourses; Professional Educator
Tasmanian Art Teachers Association hosts professional learning at UTAS
Tasmanian art teachers join forces after school
Tasmanian Young Artist Award 2017
Teachers exhibit their artistic side
Teachers Mutual Bank – ATEA Australian Teacher Educator of the Year
Teachers Mutual Bank/ATEA Teacher Educator of the Year award 2019
Teachers who feel appreciated are less likely to leave the profession
Teachers' curriculum stories: thematic perceptions and capacities; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference 2014
Teachers’ curriculum stories: perceptions and preparedness to enact change; Educational Philosophy and Theory
The art of practice: Exploring the interactions between artist practice and teacher practice; The Future of Educational Research
The Formation of the Australian Arts Education Practice and Research Special Interest Group (AEPR SIG); Australian Art Education
The Liminal Space
The museum diorama: Caught between art and history; Australian Art Education
The Relational Art Inquiry Tool: Expanding the possibilities of and for a/r/tographic research; The 7th World Alliance for Arts Education Conference
The Relational Art Inquiry Tool: Supporting participants and researchers from non-Arts backgrounds to engage in and with a/r/tography; Revista VIS: Revista do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Arte
The UTAS teacher educator shifting the pedagogy
Three graces of practice: rendering the reciprocal interactions of artistry and teaching; Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference 2016: transforming education research
UTAS art school hosts primary school exhibition
Visual literacy; More than words can say: a view of literacy through the arts
Write propaganda, shut up, or fight: Philip Gibbs and the Western Front; The Palgrave Handbook of Artistic and Cultural Responses to War since 1914
WWI photographs the focus in contemporary art show

Research Projects

Engaging Communities in Nature Conservation through Aesthetics and Art; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Mentoring for Professional Practice: A Creativity Based Approach ; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
STEAM HORIZONS: Engagement and Alignment through Interdisciplinary Education; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Travel to attend World Alliance for Arts Education Conference - Auckland 21 to 24 November 2017; Ian Potter Foundation (IPF)
BighART. Life long learning; Cape to Cape
Cultivating quality professional learning partnerships between schools, universities and other stakeholders
Situating The Smith Family STEAM cart project in state and national interdisciplinary education priorities. A scoping exercise

Research Candidate Supervision