Doctor of Philosophy (MEd Arts Education) (Griffith University)
Susan Chapman has taught as a primary school performing arts teacher, secondary school music teacher, conductor of children’s choirs and sessional lecturer in arts education before joining QUT in June 2019 as a lecturer in the School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education. She has worked professionally as an actor and musician in Australia, the United Kingdom and Austria. After beginning her undergraduate study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, she has broadened her research to include other arts disciplines (Dance, Drama, Media Arts and Visual Art), including undertaking a Research Fellowship in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) at Griffith University. Recent publications include: When caring counts: Fostering empathy and compassion through the arts using animation. In G. Barton, & S. Garvis (Eds.), Compassion and empathy in educational contexts. (pp. 121-141). Cham, Switzerland: Pellgrave Macmillan. Chapman’s doctorate considered using the Arts as a set of unique languages across the primary school curriculum. The thesis is an action research case study exploring the collaborative work of a generalist and arts specialist teacher using the Arts as the home languages of a culturally diverse Year 6 classroom. Her current areas of interest are Arts Immersion, STEAM, embodied learning, student engagement, and presenting workshops on developing engaging academic communication through innovative strategies. She is a member of AARE, ISME, ANZARME and DQ.
2019 – Creating a fair and fascinating world through arts immersion: Improving engagement, cognition and equity in the primary school classroom using the arts, AARE Conference, QUT, Brisbane
2018 – Arts Immersion: Using the Arts as interdisciplinary languages across the primary school curriculum, World Curriculum Studies conference, Melbourne.
2018 – Co-presenter: Productive collaborative design of a STEAM unit of work in a multi-age class. Integrated education for the real world. 5th International STEM in Education Conference, Brisbane.
2018 – ‘Walking a musical tightrope or choosing an integrated journey’(reworked), Australia and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, Gold Coast.
2018 – ‘Walking a musical tightrope or choosing an integrated journey’, International Society for Music Education, Baku, Azerbaijan.
2017 – ‘Maristely’s story’ (reworked), World Alliance for Arts Educators – Global Summit, Engaging with communities: Creative pedagogies, Auckland, New Zealand.
2017 – ‘Maristely’s story: A collaboration between visual art and media arts through arts immersion’, World International Society for Education Through Art Congress. Daegu, Korea.
2016 – ‘Media arts through arts immersion in the classroom’, Australian Teachers Of Media Screen Futures Summit, Melbourne.
2014 – ‘The Perfect Storm: Challenges for the arts in the curriculum’, World Alliance For Arts Educators – Global Summit, Transform: From inception to innovation in arts education, Brisbane.
2019 – ‘Elevate Your research Pitch: developing an enthralling presentation’, full day workshop, QUT (Health/Science HDR students)
2018 – ‘An Integrated Approach to Song-writing’, International Society for Music Education, Baku, Azerbaijan.
2018 – ‘Creating a 19th Century Radio Program on the Romantic Period in Western Art Music’, International Society for Music Education, Baku, Azerbaijan.
2018 – ‘Elevate Your research Pitch’, AARE Pre-conference.
Chapman, S. N. (2015). Arts Immersion: Using the arts as a language across the school curriculum. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40(9), 86-101.
Chapman, S. N. (2015). Arts Immersion for music teachers: How to widen the path without losing the plot. Australian Journal of Music Education, 3, 26-36.
Chapman, S. N. (2019). When caring counts: Fostering empathy and compassion through the arts using animation. In G. Barton, & S. Garvis (Eds.), Compassion and empathy in educational contexts. (pp. 121-141). Cham, Switzerland: Pellgrave Macmillan.
Costin, D., Thompson, K., Chapman, S. (2018). Productive collaborative design of a STEAM unit of work in a multi-age class. Integrated education for the real world. 5th International STEM in Education Conference, 21st-23rd November 2018, Brisbane.
Thompson, K., Chapman, S.N., Kanasa, H. (2019). Tools to mediate learning and self-assessment in a STEAM unit of work.
Robert S. Alva Prize for top third year student (QLD Conservatorium of Music
Conservatorium Friends and Alumni Award to top graduating student in the Music Education degree
- 2010 – awarded scholarship from BCE to study Masters in Education (Arts specialty) at ACU
- 2016 – awarded scholarship from Griffith University for PhD studies
- 2016 – Winner of Griffith University Three Minute Thesis Competition and Finalist at Asia-Pacific Finals at University of Queensland
- 2017 – Awarded STEAM Research Fellowship at Griffith University, Brisbane