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My teaching and research interests focus on creative approaches to curriculum and pedagogy. I am passionate about providing opportunities for students to learn in collaborative and imaginative environments preparing them for life in the 21st century

Dr Madonna Stinson is an experienced teacher and teacher educator, having worked across all sectors of schooling. She is a member of the internationally renowned Applied Theatre team at Griffith University, and is currently working on research projects that encompass age-effective pedagogies in the early years, and arts, community and curriculum partnerships in a Brisbane school with a high proportion of refugee students. She has written extensively on drama and education and is in demand as a keynote speaker and masterclass workshop leader. Madonna was awarded a Life Membership of Drama Queensland in 2014, for her contribution to drama education. She has worked in teacher education in Singapore, UK and Australia. As Director of Publications for Drama Australia, she is Managing Editor of NJ: the Drama Australia journal (a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis), the Drama Australia Research Monographs, and on-line publication materials. 

Dr Madonna Stinson

School of Education and Professional Studies

Associate Professor in Arts and Drama Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Creative Pedagogy
  • Drama Education
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Arts Education

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Madonna has delivered many presentations both nationally and internationally. Recent highlights include:

  • The arts, creative pedagogies, and what we know about impact, Sydney Opera House 2016
  • Masterclass workshop for teachers, Sydney Theatre Company, 2016
  • Talking about Oracy: implications for drama pedagogy and language learning,   QUT Creative Industries Arts Research Symposium,   2014,  

Industry Experience

  • Internal Service Roles: Mt Gravatt Advisory Group Committee member, Arts, Education and Law Academic Group; Member of Research and HDR committee, School of Education and Professional Studies; Deputy Head of School – Academic, School of Education and Professional Studies 2013- 2014
  • External Service Roles: Honorary Advisor, Beijing Normal University, Faculty of Education, Applied Drama and Expressive Arts Education Centre; Curriculum Advisor, Singapore Polytechnic; Advisory Panel Member – Centre for Arts Research in Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore; Youth Education Advisory Group member Queensland Theatre Company
  • Professional Memberships: Primary English Teachers Association (PETA), World Alliance of Arts Educators (WAAE), International Drama in Education Association (IDEA), Drama Queensland (DQ), Director of Publications Drama Australia, Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE)

Research Expertise

Drama theory and pedagogy, oracy, drama and additional language learning, theatre and young audiences, curriculum design and implementation, school-based intervention research, case study, design experiment research, action research. Research highlights include:

  • Drama in the Australian national curriculum: decisions, tensions and uncertainties. Research in Drama Education

Year: 2016                           Journal: Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance

  • Speaking up about oracy: The contribution of drama pedagogy to enhanced oral communication

Year: 2015                          Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

  • Connection and commitment: Exploring the generation and experience of emotion in a participatory drama

Year: 2015                           Journal: International Journal of Education and the Arts

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