The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Strengthening Literacy Through The Arts

Episode Summary

One of Australia's top educators Robyn Ewing joins literacy expert Sharon Callen to talk about how the arts can boost reading and writing.

Episode Notes

Many teachers are yet to unlock the full potential of the arts as a powerful way to unlock literacy learning in students.

So how do we fully utilise the arts in the teaching of reading and writing? One of Australia's leading educators joins us to share her insights.

Robyn Ewing AM is Professor Emerita, Teacher Education and the Arts and Co-Director of the Creativity in Research, Engaging the Arts, Transforming Education, Health and Wellbeing (CREATE) Centre. Her teaching areas include primary curriculum, especially English, literature, drama and early literacy development. 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. She has been published widely in this area. She has worked in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company on the teacher professional learning program 'School Drama' since 2009.

Robyn is an Honorary Associate with Sydney Theatre, Principal Fellow of the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA), Board member of WestWords and Dirt Lane Press and a Visiting Scholar at Barking Gecko Children's Theatre. She was a Council member of AFTRS from 2013-8, president of the Primary English Teachers Association Australia (2001-2006) and president of ALEA (2011-15). She is a former vice president of Sydney Story Factory.

Within the faculty, Robyn was inaugural co-director of the innovative Master of Teaching degree and has also been Acting Dean; ProDean, Associate Dean, Academic Programs; Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning; Director, Program Director BEd(Primary); and Director, Division of Professional Learning.

An experienced primary teacher and teacher educator, Robyn has a commitment to quality teaching and learning at all levels of education. She enjoys working collaboratively with classroom teachers interested in innovative curriculum practices. She has worked as an academic mentor with teachers at a range of Sydney primary and secondary schools with the major focus on transforming the curriculum using the Arts as critical, quality pedagogy.

In this interview, Robyn talks about:

And much more!


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