Dr Marthy Watson


Dr Marthy Watson
NameDr Marthy Watson
Email Addressmarthy.watson@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleLecturer (Curriculum and Pedagogy - Primary Education)
QualificationsHighEdDip Orange Free State, BA(Hons) Pretoria, MA Free State, PhD USQ
DepartmentSchool of Education
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8461-0708
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Biography

Dr Marthy Watson is a lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy and Director of Teacher Education (ITE) in the School of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. She has been an arts educator for over 25 years and taught the arts in secondary and primary schools in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Her main research interest focused on reflective practice through arts-based learning, arts integration and learner engagement. Marthy's recent research focuses on collaborating with primary school teachers in rural and remote Queensland to support them in integrating the arts across the school curriculum. She is particularly committed to researching student engagement through the arts and how arts-based practices impact active learning. Marthy has also worked on numerous research projects supporting culturally and linguistically diverse communities through arts practices. She strongly advocates for the arts and regularly presents at conferences and conducts arts workshops in communities and schools. Follow her on Twitter @Marthy_Watson

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Director of Initial Teachers Education / Convenor Profesional Experience / Lecturer Curriculum and PedagogynceUniversity of Southern Queensland2022

Fields of Research

  • 360403. Drama, theatre and performance studies
  • 390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
  • 390104. English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
  • 390412. Teacher and student wellbeing

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
InSEA
Drama Queensland
Dramaa New Zealand
AARE
HighEdDip
Orange Free State
1984
BA(Hons)
Pretoria
2001
MA
Free State
2002
PhD
USQ
2021

Supervision Interests

The Arts

Drama

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Well-being and reflectivity

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Associate SupervisorDoctoral
Investigating education for sustainable communities through visual arts practices in early childhood settingsAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
Towards a social imagination in Music Education: An action research case study exploring educating school musicians as social changemakers within an aesthetic educational framework.Associate SupervisorDoctoral2022
The Rhythmic Sounds of Nature: An ecological exploration of how the living environment inspires creative compositions in musicAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021

Encountering Berlant part 1: Concepts otherwise

Anderson, Ben, Aitken, Stuart, Bacevic, Jana, Callard, Felicity, Chung, Kwang Dae (Mitsy), Coleman, Kathryn S., Hayden Jr, Robert F., Healy, Sarah, Irwin, Rita L., Jellis, Thomas, Jukes, Joe, Khan, Salman, Marotta, Steve, Seitz, David K., Snepvangers, Kim, Staples, Adam, Turner, Chloe, Tse, Justin, Watson, Marthy and Wilkinson, Eleanor. 2023. "Encountering Berlant part 1: Concepts otherwise." Geographical Journal. 189 (1), pp. 117-142. https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12494

Literacy teachers as researchers: Developing small inclusive projects in your classroom

Barton, Georgina and Watson, Marthy. 2022. "Literacy teachers as researchers: Developing small inclusive projects in your classroom." Practical Literacy: the Early and Primary Years. 27 (3), pp. 8-10. https://doi.org/10.3316/informit.668060883927820

Arts-based reflection for care of self and others in the academy: a collaged rhizomatic journey

Watson, Marthy and Barton, Georgina. 2021. "Arts-based reflection for care of self and others in the academy: a collaged rhizomatic journey." Black, Alison and Dwyer, Rachael (ed.) Reimagining the Academy: ShiFting Towards Kindness, Connection, and an Ethics of Care. Cham, Switzerland. Springer. pp. 135-156

The enactment of drama in the Arts F-10 curriculum: connections and controversies

Watson, Marthy Ella. 2021. The enactment of drama in the Arts F-10 curriculum: connections and controversies. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/Z1GM-TH96

Using Arts-Based Methods and Reflection to Support Postgraduate International Students' Wellbeing and Employability through Challenging Times

Watson, M. and Barton, Georgina. 2020. "Using Arts-Based Methods and Reflection to Support Postgraduate International Students' Wellbeing and Employability through Challenging Times." Journal of International Students. 10 (S2), pp. 101-118. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v10iS2.2849

Negotiating the enactment of the arts curriculum in early years classrooms: Opening spaces to reveal other ways of knowing

Watson, Marthy. 2022. "Negotiating the enactment of the arts curriculum in early years classrooms: Opening spaces to reveal other ways of knowing." Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2022 Annual Conference. Adelaide, South Australia 27 Nov - 01 Dec 2022 Australia. Australian Association for Research in Education.

An interactive dialogue-oriented creative experiences – stories that evoke place: Using Visual Culture as a teaching tool

Watson, Marthy. 2019. "An interactive dialogue-oriented creative experiences – stories that evoke place: Using Visual Culture as a teaching tool." International Society for Education through Art World Congress (InSEA 2019). Vancouver, Canada 09 - 13 Jul 2019 Portugal . International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA).

Teacher perspectives on enhancing well-being education through integrating arts‐based practices

Moar, Sigrid, Burke, Katie and Watson, Marthy. 2024. "Teacher perspectives on enhancing well-being education through integrating arts‐based practices." British Educational Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.1002/berj.4029

An investigation of the use of arts-based embodied learning in Early Years classrooms

Watson, Marthy and Delaney, Nicole. 2024. "An investigation of the use of arts-based embodied learning in Early Years classrooms." Barton, Georgina and Garvis, Susanne (ed.) Kinaesthetic learning in early childhood: Exploring theory and practice for educators. United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 66-82

Planning drama programs in your school: new ways of thinking about drama learning

Watson, Marthy and Delaney, Nicole. "Planning drama programs in your school: new ways of thinking about drama learning." 2023 Drama New Zealand National Conference. Rotorua, New Zealand 01 - 03 Jul 2023

Negotiating the enactment of the arts curriculum in primary school classrooms

Watson, Marthy and Delaney, Nicole. 2023. "Negotiating the enactment of the arts curriculum in primary school classrooms." 2023 Drama Australia National Conference . Newcastle, Australia 02 - 03 Jun 2023 Australia.

Understanding the transformative potential of drama: Using visual literacy to teach real-life issues in the drama class

Watson, Marthy and Delaney, Nicole. 2023. "Understanding the transformative potential of drama: Using visual literacy to teach real-life issues in the drama class." Odyssey: Drama Queensland State Conference 2023. Toowong, Australia 20 - 20 May 2023 Australia.

Investigating the Benefits and Challenges of Workplace Volunteering Experiences for International Students' Employability Literacies

Barton Georgina, Kavanagh Marie, Watson, Marthy, Hartwig, Kay and Hu, Yijun. 2022. "Investigating the Benefits and Challenges of Workplace Volunteering Experiences for International Students' Employability Literacies." Journal of International Students. 12 (3), pp. 777-793. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v12i3.3493