The educator

There is a continuum from post-structural artist, to community arts, to community development and from there through quasi-Freirean approaches to being an adult educator (and by convention, a trainer). Communities are always learning, and for those who work with them, lead and coordinate, it is only a small step away to gaining the label educator. A graduate diploma in Adult Education & Training, led me on to Masters of Education (Hons) and eventually doctoral research and a PhD.

 

Copeton Arts Camp, Australia Council for the Arts funded 1993

Teaching in a Broad field of Adult learning

Ten years spent at the University of New England, was an incredible privilege. My students were mostly experienced defence and other industry trainers who were discovering education and learning is much broader than simply the behaviourist approaches to training and delivery they had previously experienced.

National Art Education Association (USA) recognition 2009

Research and Theory

 While I actively contribute to arts/research journals, reviewing and examining work is an ongoing contribution to education, the arts and culture, especially in the area of eco-arts. Over the years I've supervised several doctoral and masters research projects. My last label in academia before deciding to return to the field was as a "Senior Research Fellow". Most recent publication 2017

From an artlearn program to formal education

It's surprising how little consideration is given to enrolling in tertiary education, even today when courses can be expensive. I encourage others to first begin a project, build understanding of a field and its theory, and only later consider if formal qualification is necessary. From this position of strength it is possible to make a better evaluation of university offerings and their benefits.