Donna Mathewson Mitchell

Donna Mathewson Mitchell
Charles Sturt University · Division of Learning and Teaching

PhD Art Education- UNSW, BEd (Honours)- UTas

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January 2015 - present
Australian Catholic University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2007 - December 2014
Charles Sturt University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (27)
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In research about the practice of teaching, little attention is paid to the teaching body, that is the physical body that engages in the act of teaching (Estola & Elbaz-Luwisch, 2003). Likewise, in a field dominated by professional standards, there is scant opportunity to explore the embodied nature of teaching and the place of memory and personal...
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This chapter reflects on the scope of community engagement practices, creative partnerships and emergent ways of working in the cultural sphere. Providing an articulation of key ideas significant in creative partnerships this chapter critically reflects on the theoretical framework of ‘practice encounters’ as a way to re-consider community connecti...
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Contact zones are social spaces and sites of encounter where different cultures meet and power is negotiated (Pratt, 1991). In this chapter, the concept of contact zones is used as a theoretical resource to examine a creative educational partnership, exploring links between higher education, cultural organizations and schools with focus on making c...
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In 2015-2016, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) partnered with Australian Catholic University (ACU) on an innovative pilot program for youth audiences entitled Generation Art. Inspired by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s successful Satellite High School program, Generation Art was designed to build on and complement art experiences provided in seconda...
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Contemporary research conversations about the utility of practice theories to professional education support the reconceptualisation of pre-service teacher education in ways that provide strong preparation for continued professional learning. This paper reports on an empirical inquiry that introduced a theoretically informed practice-based interven...
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Research in visual arts education is often focused on philosophical issues or broad concerns related to approaches to curriculum. In focusing on the everyday work of teaching, this article addresses a gap in the literature to report on collaborative research exploring the experiences of secondary visual arts teachers in regional New South Wales, Au...
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Inquiry into the affordances of a reflective focus on embodied practice in an undergraduate teacher education program investigated the use of digital recordings of pre-service teachers learning and practising ‘core practices’ of teaching over time. Using a case study from this inquiry, we argue that reflection on and repeated observation of digital...
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As a field, Teacher Education has lived with continued criticism from governmental and research bodies on the quality of professional preparation and the lack of a strong research base. We respond to such criticisms by considering possibilities for further exploration of the research of practice and the practice of research in both initial and cont...
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Initial teacher education has a critical role in preparing future teachers. In an era of increasing distance education, an additional challenge is to effectively prepare pre-service teachers who connect with higher education in an online environment. The diversity of the higher education student cohort studying by distance is significant and can ea...
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Teaching in secondary visual arts classrooms is complex and challenging work. While it is implicated in much research, the complexity of the lived experience of secondary visual arts teaching has rarely been the subject of sustained and synthesized research. In this paper, the potential of practice as a concept to examine and represent secondary vi...
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This chapter examines the integration of information communication technology to enhance teaching and learning in visual arts classrooms. It draws on a participatory action research project conducted with teachers in schools to explore the distinctive nature of secondary visual arts teaching practice. From this data the author presents three exampl...
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Initial teacher education has a critical role in preparing future teachers. In an era of increasing distance education, an additional challenge is to effectively prepare pre-service teachers who connect with higher education in an online environment. The diversity of the higher education student cohort studying by distance is significant and can ea...
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How does someone who has not previously ‘taught’ in a formal sense become habituated to the forms of bodily disposition that characterize them as a teacher? What discourses and practices frame the production of a recognizably well-prepared teaching body as a product of pre-service teacher education? Working from the premise that teacher education i...
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For school-based education, museums provide important learning opportunities that potentially bridge the gap between the classroom and the world beyond, enabling education to fulfil its aim of preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. However, little research has specifically addressed the pedagogical...
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Visual arts teachers engage in complex work on a daily basis. This work is informed by practical knowledge that is rarely examined or drawn on in research or in the development of policy. Focusing on the work of secondary visual arts teachers, this article reports on a research program conducted in a regional area of New South Wales, Australia. The...
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As a teacher educator I am concerned with developing understandings of my teaching as it evolves over time, in relation to the university teaching context and more broadly in terms understandings of teaching practice. In this paper, I outline the development of a framework designed for this purpose. The Relational Framework for Investigating Teachi...
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In recent times there has been a cross-disciplinary amplification of interest in the concept of practice. In this context, there is a growing body of research considering how teaching and teacher education might be viewed using the conceptual lens of practice. In this article, I explore practice theories to identify common themes and principles tha...
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Bullying in schools is a significant and continuing issue in education. This is despite widespread attention within the professional education community and beyond, into the wider public arena. In this paper, we review the existing literature on bullying in schools, with a particular focus on the Australian secondary school context, to develop a po...
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This paper reports on a research forum for secondary visual arts teachers working in rural and regional areas of New South Wales. Teachers attended from a range of schools, and the focus was on understanding, articulating, and researching teaching practice. The program drew on the skills and knowledge of university academics, arts practitioners, an...
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This paper proposes a model for learning in the art museum setting that has broader relevance to school-based learning in informal environments. Developed from a completed doctoral investigation, the model applies a socio-cognitive approach that recognizes the social basis of educational experiences and the cognitive demands of learning in informal...
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A paper presented at the mini-conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, "Defining the Doctorate", Newcastle, October 2003. This presentation will outline an ongoing doctoral investigation into relationships between museums and schools, and more specifically between art museums and art education. Previous research by the au...

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This pilot education projec aimed to engage youth audiences with visual arts and a regional art gallery in active and meaningful ways. Action research was a feature of the project that allowed it to be iterative and responsive. A full research report has been produced. Outcomes and implications will be published in the near future. https://www.bathurstart.com.au/education/genart2016