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Lecturer in Education, University of Newcastle

Dr David Roy is a lecturer in Education at the University of Newcastle.

His research focuses on education policy how we can use the Creative Arts for inclusion and to support diverse learners.

Author of ten texts, researcher, media commentator, and former teacher, he was nominated for the 2006 Saltire/TES Scottish Education Publication of the Year and won the 2013 Best New Australian Publication for VCE Drama and/or VCE Theatre Studies. His most recent text is 'Teaching the Arts: Early Childhood and Primary (2019) published by Cambridge University Press. 
He has been named as one of the Most Influential Educators 2022.

His current research interests are Policy, Inclusion, Creative Arts and Masks.

He tweets @dmsroy


  • –present
    Lecturer in Education, University of Newcastle


  • 2011 
    University of Newcastle, Grad Cert PTT
  • 1995 
    University of Glasgow, ATQ
  • 1992 
    University of Glasgow, PGCE
  • 1990 
    University of Glasgow, Degree of MA


  • 2018
    Stats reveal something is rotten in the NSWDoE, Australian Teacher Magazine
  • 2018
    The Arts in the K-2 classroom: Belonging, Being and Becoming, Teacher
  • 2018
    The Arts in early childhood learning, Teacher
  • 2017
    Children with disabilities in schools: how we started the parliamentary inquiry and what¿s happening, EduResearch Matters
  • 2017
    Integrating Arts and Science in the classroom, Teacher
  • 2017
    Using Drama as a tool for inclusion within the classroom, Teacher
  • 2017
    Why the minister should act boldly on changes to schooling for children with disabilities, EduResearch Matters
  • 2017
    Inclusion a Foundation for a Better Society, Australian Teacher Magazine
  • 2016
    Implementing a cross-curricular approach, Teacher
  • 2016
    Masks in Pedagogical Practice, Journal of Learning Through the Arts
  • 2016
    Masks as a method: Meyerhold to Mnouchkine, Cogent Arts and Humanities
  • 2015
    The Pandorica Opens: Drama and Numeracy Potentials in Primary School, Mask
  • 2015
    Identity and The Arts: Using Drama and masks as a pedagogical tool to support identity development in adolescence, Creative Education
  • 2015
    Masks and Cultural Contexts Drama Education and Anthropology, International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology
  • 2015
    Teaching The Arts: Early Childhood and Primary (2nd ed), Cambridge University Press
  • 2014
    Dyspraxia, Drama and Masks: Applying the School Curriculum as Therapy, Journal of Applied Arts and Health
  • 2012
    Teaching The Arts: Early Childhood and Primary, Cambridge University Press
  • 2011
    Helping The Invisible Children, Education Review
  • 2009
    Introducing Stage Fighting to Stage 5, Journal of Education in the Dramatic Arts
  • 2009
    Nelson Drama for Secondary Students, Cengage
  • 2008
    The Importance of Being Earnest Learning and Teaching Guide, Learning Teaching Scotland
  • 2008
    How To Pass Standard Grade Drama, Hodder Gibson
  • 2006
    Twelfth Night Learning and Teaching Guide, Learning Teaching Scotland
  • 2005
    Amang the Craws Learning and Teaching Guide, Learning Teaching Scotland
  • 2002
    Vsevolod Meyerhold Annotated Bibliography, Learning Teaching Scotland
  • 1998
    Drama: The Merchant of Venice Learning and Teaching Guide, Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum

Research Areas

  • Education (13)
  • Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies (190404)
  • Special Education And Disability (130312)