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Michael Anderson

Dr Michael Anderson is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. His research and teaching concentrates on how arts educators begin, evolve and achieve growth in their careers and how students engage with arts and technology to learn and create in arts education. This work has evolved into a program of research and publication that engages with arts classrooms directly. His recent publications explore how aesthetic education is changing in the 21st Century. These publications includePartnerships in Education Research: Creating Knowledge that Matters (with Kelly Freebody, Bloomsbury, 2014),Masterclass in Drama Education (Continuum, UK), Teaching the Screen, Film Education for Generation Next (with Miranda Jefferson), Drama with Digital Technology (with John Carroll and David Cameron, Continuum, 2009) and Real Players: Drama, Education and Technology (with John Carroll and David Cameron Trentham, 2006). The research reported in these books uncovers innovative linkages between drama education and theatre for young people that could significantly improve learning outcomes for students in the arts. Michael was a drama a teacher and Creative Arts Consultant with the NSW Department of Education and holds senior positions in drama curriculum development and assessment with the NSW Board of Studies.


  • 2009–present
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work


  • 2003 
    The University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy