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Arts Education Practice and Research

The Arts Education Practice and Research (AEPR) special interest group aims to facilitate networking opportunities, the dissemination of knowledge and creative collaborations amongst arts educators and arts education researchers across and beyond Australia.  We are keen to establish strong national cross-institutional links to foster future research partnerships within the Arts; particularly as the field approaches an increasingly significant period of discussion on the place of Arts Education within the Australian educational research landscape, the current context of national testing and the advent of the National Curriculum. 

Research interests cover: Arts Education; Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy; Arts Practice as Research; Creative Collaboration; Arts and the Community.


Dr Sue Davis

Dr Kim Snepvangers


Creative Education & Research Summit 2016

At the 2016 AARE Conference a Creativity Summit was held.

Below are the vidoes of the keynote speakers from this event.

Anne Harris

Pam Burnard

Pat Thompson

Geraldine Burke

Susan Davies

Donna Mathewson

Christine Hatton and Mary Mooney

Amy Mortimer

Jonathan Purdy

Mark Selkrig and Ron (Kim) Keamy

Shari Lindblom

Kim Snepvangers

Susan Wright

Panel Responses

Symposium Co-convenors: Sue Davis, Kim Snepvangers, Anne Harris, Leon deBruin

Convened by the AARE AEPR SIG, the Arts, Creativity and Education SIG at Monash University Faculty of Education and ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)


This one-day symposium will build upon the recommendations and evidence-based outcomes of the first Australia-wide Creativity in Education Australian Research Council-funded study and marks a milestone in the national conversation about creative teaching, learning, environments and partnerships. We will gather to survey the ‘state of play’ in creativity education in Australia and internationally, but also to work toward real strategies for strengthening creative teacher education, cross-sectoral partnerships and policy directions.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne.

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Are you working in creativity education or concerned about the lack of coherent definitions, strategies or valuing of creativity across the education lifespan? Do you want to see more creativity skills and capacities in teacher education, or better creative pedagogy and curriculum overall? Do you want to be part of a national and international dialogue and action team focused on addressing this ‘creative moment’ in education? AARE’s AEPR SIG is pleased to invite your Expressions of Interest for the Creative Education Summit on November 27, 2016.

Based in the following evidence-based outcomes from Creative Education Australia (Harris, 2016), we invite 100-150 word EOIs for short presentations along the following thematics. Proposals should be for short Pecha Kucha-style 6:40 minute presentations. Proposals can come from individuals or teams, and presenters must be prepared to then serve as facilitator / chair of a small group during the workshop session following thematic presentations. Send EOI’s to by June 15, 2016. Please indicate in your EOI which key thematic you are aligned with:


#1 – Where is the ‘art’ in creativity education and research?

#2 – Interdisciplinarity in ‘doing’ creative education (death to siloes!)

#3 – Creative approaches to education research

#4 – Professional placements/creative partnerships

#5 – Creative education policy

#6 – What is teaching in a creative learning era?

#7 – Is digital education always creative (and innovative)?

#8 – Creativity assessment: oxymoron or useful constraint?

#9 – Why isn’t creative industries interested in arts education?

#10 – Have we learned nothing from UK’s Creative Partnerships?

The program for the day will include:

Keynote: Dr Anne Harris reporting on the outcomes of her DECRA project “The Creative Turn: An Australia wide Study of Creativity and Innovation in Secondary Schools”Research: International keynote speakers panelIdeate: Sessions with collections of short presentations as related to the identified thematicsIterate: responding to provocations, brainstorms and opportunities.

PROGRAM (10am-3pm)

10-10:45 – Welcome and keynote #1 - overview

10:45-11:45 – International panel & discussion

11:45-12:30 – 5 short presentations (6:40 x 5)

12:30-12:45 – Ideate groups

12:45-1:15 – LUNCH

1:15-2:00 – 5 short presentations

2:00-2:30pm – iterate with the topic chair

2-2:30pm – share back

2:30-3:30pm – share back, summary and media release posted!


Registration on the AARE conference registration page


$50 to contribute to venue costs and catering for AARE members; $75 for non-members.

Attendance is limited to 70 so register and send in your EOI early.

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