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Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, University of Tasmania

Abbey MacDonald is a Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, where she specialises in visual art curriculum, pedagogy and practice in online and face to face contexts. Abbey's areas of research expertise include expansion of Arts-based methodologies, interdisciplinary collaboration, and teachers' embodiment and enactment of curriculum. Abbey brings to all aspects of her work a strong personal focus upon Arts advocacy, teacher professional learning, community engagement and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Abbey is Vice President of Art Education Australia (AEA), and the Tasmanian Art Teachers Association (TATA).


  • 2016–present
    Senior Lecturer, Arts Education, University of Tasmania


  • 2015 
    University of Tasmania, PhD
  • 2008 
    University of Tasmania, BTeach (Hons)
  • 2005 
    University of Tasmania, BFA (Hons)


  • 2020
    Strangers on a train: The politics of collaboration, Australian Educational Researcher
  • 2020
    Principles for a pedagogy of unlearning, Reflective Practice
  • 2019
    Talking to and about teachers: Resisting deficit discourses, Professional Educator
  • 2019
    STEM and STEAM and the spaces between: an overview of education agendas pertaining to disciplinarity' across three Australian states, Journal of STEM Education
  • 2019
    Designing STEAM education: fostering relationality through design-led disruption, The International Journal of Art & Design Education
  • 2019
    Converging discipline perspectives to inform the design and delivery of STEAM teacher professional learning, Australian Art Education
  • 2018
    Sanitising landscapes: Implications for meaning making, Journal of Artistic and Creative Education
  • 2018
    Creative Leadership and the Hadley's Art Prize Hobart (HAPH), Australian Art Education
  • 2018
    Dancing around drawn edges: Reimagining deficit storylines as sites for relational Arts teacher professional learning collaboration, Australian Art Education
  • 2017
    The Museum Diorama: Caught between art and history, Australian Art Education
  • 2017
    A/r/tographic inquiry in sport and exercise research: a pilot study examining methodology versatility, feasibility and participatory opportunities, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • 2017
    A War Imagined: Gallipoli and the art of children's picture books, Australian Art Education
  • 2017
    Good Teachers Grow: Disrupting negative depictions of teachers through relational a/r/tographic inquiry, Australian Art Education
  • 2017
    From the wing chair: Stories from and about the experience of living and working in a Tasmanian boarding school, International Journal of Practice Based Humanities
  • 2017
    Collaboration as metaphoric construct and guiding practice in art-making and teaching: A multimodal rendering, Studies in Art Education
  • 2017
    A diptych of dilemma: Becoming an artist and a teacher, International Journal of Education Through Art
  • 2017
    The Relational Art Inquiry Tool: Supporting participants and researchers from non-Arts backgrounds to engage in and with a/r/tography, Revista VIS: Revista do Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Arte
  • 2017
    And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda: Australian picture books (1999-2016) and the First World War, Children's Literature in Education: An International Quarterly
  • 2016
    Teachers' curriculum stories: perceptions and preparedness to enact change, Educational Philosophy and Theory
  • 2015
    The Formation of the Australian Arts Education Practice and Research Special Interest Group (AEPR SIG), Australian Art Education
  • 2015
    Borderlands: traversing spaces between art making and research, Qualitative Research Journal
  • 2014
    Defining professional self: Teacher educator perspectives of the Pre-ECR journey', Australian Journal of Teacher Education
  • 2013
    Seeing the bigger picture: investigating the state of the arts in teacher education programs in Australia', Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Professional Memberships

  • Vice President - Art Education Australia
  • Vice President - Tasmanian Art Teachers Association

Research Areas

  • Teacher Education And Professional Development Of Educators (130313)
  • Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy (130201)
  • Fine Arts (Incl. Sculpture And Painting) (190502)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Art Criticism (190101)
  • Museum Studies (210204)
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods (160807)
  • Secondary Education (130106)
  • Higher Education (130103)


The Educator’s Higher Education Rising Stars (2020); Teachers Mutual Bank - ATEA Teacher Educator of the Year (2019)