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I am interested in using arts-based methods and creative and reflective ways to improve literacy for all students, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Dr Georgina Barton has been an English and Arts educator for over 20 years. She has experience from Prep to Year 12 in schools. During this time she was responsible for whole school literacy planning, a lead literacy intervention teacher, and Head of Department – Performing Arts. Georgina applies arts-based methods and creative and reflective approaches to improve literacy learning outcomes. She also researches multimodal ways of making meaning in various contexts. This interest resulted from teaching English as a second language and learning music when Georgina lived in South India, as well as research carried out in Aboriginal communities in the central desert. As a performer and arts practitioner, Georgina regularly performs both nationally and internationally in various ensembles.  She also currently organises the Young Writers’ Camp for Meanjin committee of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association.

Dr Georgina Barton

School of Education and Professional Studies

Senior Lecturer in English and Arts Education

Fields of Expertise

  • English
  • Literacy
  • Music Education
  • Arts Education

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Georgina is an experienced keynote speaker and has presented at events all over the country. Recent highlights include:

  • Keynote Speaker, Brisbane Catholic Education Diocese's Arts Education Conference 2015: Topic- The Arts and Literacy: Being Wideawake
  • Welcome Address, World Alliance for Arts Education Global Summit 2014: Topic Transform: From inception to innovation in arts education

Industry Experience

Georgina has been involved in several partnerships as a consultant on learning. Most recently Georgina was a member of the Leading Change team led by Professor Donna Pendergast. This was a major reform in education commissioned by the Queensland Department of Education around the implementation of Junior Secondary into state high schools.  As part of this project Georgina presented a state-wide webinar on the teaching of reading for adolescents. Georgina also has a number of partnerships with schools on the teaching of reading and writing, particularly for young adolescents, as well as in the area of literacy generally. Georgina was invited to be co-editor for the Australian Literacy Educator's Association 40th Anniversary publication- The Teaching of Writing: Looking Back to Look Forward.

  • Professional Memberships: is currently the Vice-President of the Meanjin committee of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) and was a co-convenor for the Arts Education Practice and Research Special Interest Group for the Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE). She was also the Executive Director of the World Alliance for Arts Education Global Summit which was held for the first time in the southern hemisphere in 2014. 

Research Expertise

Georgina’s research and publications are in the areas of literacies, multimodalities, creative and reflective practice and thinking, arts and music education, and teacher education with a focus on the international student experience. Much of Georgina’s research is about teaching reading to young adolescents. She regularly collaborates with schools on how to teach reading in particular content areas but also how to work with students who need support with their reading. Most recently Georgina, in collaboration with Dr Loraine McKay developed a model of effective reading which focuses on the a community, collaborative approach. Highlights of Georgina's research expertise include:

  • Improving work placement for international students, their mentors and other stakeholders

Year: 2014-2016                          Research Partner: Office for Learning and Teaching Grants

  • Literacy in the arts: Retheorising learning and teaching

Year: 2014                                      Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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