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Associate Professor Judith Dinham

Associate Professor Judith Dinham Associate Professor Judith Dinham

BEd(Curtin), MEd(W.Aust), DCA(W.Syd), MACE, FHERDSA

Position Associate Professor
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Education
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 501.Level 4 WSA86
Phone 08 9266 2865

Brief Summary

I am in the School of Education. My field is Arts Education.


Besides being a professional artist represented in major public art collections, I am also an enthusiastic arts educator. My work has involved teaching artists, pre-service teachers and established educators. Having post-graduate qualifications in both arts practice and arts education gives me a particular perspective on the nature of learning in the arts.

In the area of curriculum design I have broad curriculum experience across all years of early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary education. This includes developing off-shore courses for teachers in other countries and the post-compulsory Secondary Art Education course of study for the WA Curriculum Council. I have experience as an International Baccalaureate examiner; and for teachers, I founded ProARTs to provide professional development in arts education for teachers. 

As a researcher I with my colleague Glen Phillips pioneered a creative arts research project which led to a 12 episode video series presented as part of Professional and Graduate Education (PAGE) on ABC National television. This series was also screened in prime time on SBS. Subsequently in my role on the ECU University Research Committee and when chairing the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Research Committee I instituted a conceptual and procedural framework to bring creative professionals into the research culture, enabling them to access research funds. I was also one of the seven researchers on the national research team that undertook the National Review of Visual Education: Visual Arts, Craft, Design and Visual Communication (NRVE) for the Australian Federal Government (Australia Council for the Arts and DEST) in 2006.

My university textbook Delivering Authentic Arts Education (Cengage) has been used in universities across Australia and New Zealand for the past six years. In its 3rd edition, it is the most widely used university text in the field of primary arts education in Australia. My current book project with my colleague Beryl Chalk is an equivalent text for Early Childhood education (Oxford University Press).

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Memberships, Awards and Training

Professional Membership (current)

Awards and recognitions

2016           Curtin University nominee for two Australian Award for University Teaching, Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), Australian Government.

(1.) Award for Teaching Excellence – Individual

(2.) Award for Teaching Excellence - Team

2016            HERDSA Fellow.

2015            Curtin University, Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (Individual).

2015            Curtin University, Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award (Common First Year Team).

2015            Associate Fellow, HERDSA.

2014            Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award in the First Year Program Award category: Common First Year Team.

2014            Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

2014            University textbook Delivering Authentic Arts Education (2nd ed.) shortlisted, Australian Publishers Awards: Higher Education.

2011          University textbook Delivering Authentic Arts Education (1st ed.) shortlisted, Australian Publishers Awards: Higher Education.

2008           Unijob Lecturer of the Year, national finalist, ECU.

2006           Honarary Senior Lecturer, ECU.

2006           Professionalism in Teaching and Learning Award, ECU.

2000-05      Postgraduate Supervision Awards, x 5 (ECU).

2004-12     Teaching Commendations x 6 (ECU & Notre Dame University)

2001           Professionalism in Teaching and Learning Award, ECU.

1997           Top ten women researchers, ECU Women in Leadership Award.

1996           Australian Society for Educational Technology Award for highest quality design & production, Landscape & You 12 episode video series for Professional and Graduate Education (PAGE). Screened on ABC & SBS national television.

1996          Highest Quality Touring Exhibition Award, National Exhibition Touring Structure (NETS WA)

1995           University Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, ECU.

Listed in Who's Who of Western Australians, Who's Who of Australian Women, Who's Who of Australian Visual Artists.





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Employment History

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At Curtin I conceptualised, developed and now lead the Arts Education program for on-campus, regional and Open University Australia (OUA) Early Childhood and Primary students in the School of Education. The units are part of the new BEd Early Childhood and the B Ed Primary (Bentley, Regional and OUA) courses which were the first in Australia to be accredited by the new national accrediting bodies (AITSL and ACECQA[1]).


[1] AITSL - Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership; ACECQA – Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.





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Research Interests

My current research relates to the distinctive nature of arts 'knowing' and 'meaning-making' and its broad relevance across the curriculum. This means much  of my rsearch is cross-disciplinary. At present I am working with a colleague in China about the employment of arts pedagogy for second language learning and separately with the Centre for Sport and Recreation about the development of physical literacy. I am presenting at the World Summit of the World Alliance for Arts Education (a UNESCO affiliated organisation) in Beijing in December about the role of the arts in fostering dispositions for thinking and acting sustainably.

I am leading the creation of a HERDSA special interest group (SIG) on the ways Arts understandings and pedagogies inform 21st century teaching and learning. Please contact me if you would like to join.

Membership of research teams history:

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Journal Articles (Research)


Journal Articles (Research)

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