About Professor Robyn Ewing

I am especially passionate about the transformative role of the Arts, including dance, drama, literature, music and visual arts, across the curriculum.

Currently Professor Emerita and Co-Director of the Creativity in Research, Engaging the Arts, Transforming Education, Health and Wellbeing (CREATE) Centre. Formerly a primary teacher, I have 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-rich pedagogy in enhancing student learning and literacy outcomes; mentoring; the experiences of early career teachers and retention in the profession; arts informed inquiry, and action learning as a professional learning tool.

Since 2009 I have been working in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company on the School Drama Program. This co-mentoring teacher professional learning equips primary teachers to use drama-rich pedagogy with children’s literature to enhance students’ literacies. In 2021 more than 35000 teachers and their students across Australia had been involved in this project.<!--[endif] -->


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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.