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Assoc Prof Madonna Stinson

Assoc Prof

Madonna Stinson

Associate Professor
School of Education and Professional Studies
+61 (0)7 3735 1085 (Work)
M09 2.106B, Mount Gravatt Campus

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Associate Professor Madonna Stinson is an experienced teacher and teacher educator, having worked across all sectors of schooling from early primary through to Senior Secondary. She has recently completed a number of large, externally funded, research projects that encompass creative approaches to teaching and learning, and children's voices in educational contexts. Previously she has been one of the lead researchers on a number of projects including: age-effective pedagogies in the early years for Education Queensland; and an arts, community and curriculum partnerships in a Brisbane school with a high proportion of refugee students. At present she is a member of the Teachers as Writers - Makerspaces Research team (Horizon Grant, Education Queensland) which focuses on developing the writing capacities of teachers who are teaching writing in government schools. Previous projects include "Theatrespace: entering the Cultural Conversation" (ARC, Australia). and, in Singapore, "Strategies for effective engagement and development (SEED)". "Speaking Out", and "Drama and Oral Language". Her PhD "The Shifting Sands of Curriculum Development" was a narrative case study of the 4-year Queensland Arts Curriculum development process. Madonna has written extensively on creative approaches to pedagogy, curriculum design, and drama and language learning, and is in demand, nationally and internationally, as a keynote speaker and masterclass workshop leader. She was awarded a Life Membership of Drama Queensland in 2014, for her contribution to drama. She has worked in teacher education in Singapore, UK and Australia. in 2019, she was visiting scholar at The University of Cambridge, UK, and the University of Sweden. She is a founding member of the Creativity in Higher Education Network (CHEN) and a member of the advisory board for the CREATE Centre, University of Sydney. Madonna is an experienced editor, having worked as a managing editor and director of publications for Drama Australia. She is a member of a number of editorial advisory boards including: RIDE: the journal of Applied Theatre and Performance; NJ: Drama Australia Journal; DATE-Asia; Pedagogies; and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. .


  • Member
    Griffith Institute for Educational Research1 Jan 2010
  • Member
    CREATE Centre, University of Sydney, Australia1 Sep 2019
  • Member, Creativities in Higher Education Network (CHEN)
    University of Newcastle, Australia30 Sep 2019


  • Acting Head of Drama
    University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne, Australia15 Aug 2009 - 1 Jul 2010
  • Assistant Professor
    Nanyang Technological University, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, National Institute of Education, Singapore, Singapore1 Mar 2008 - 14 Aug 2009
  • Senior Lecturer
    Nanyang Technological University, Visual and Performing Arts AG, National Institute of Education., Singapore, Singapore1 Jul 2002 - 31 Dec 2020


  • Head of Curriculum
    Education Queensland, Forest Lake State High School, Brisbane, Australia1 Jan 2002 - 30 Jun 2020
  • Senior Project Officer
    Queensland School Curriculum Council (QSCC), The Arts Curriculum Development Project, Brisbane, Australia1 Jan 1998 - 31 Dec 2002


  • Diploma of Teaching
    Brisbane College of Advanced Education
  • Master of Arts
    Queensland University of Technology
  • Licentiate
    Trinity College of London (Drama)
  • Bachelor of Arts
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Advanced PG Diploma in Speech and Drama
    Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, United Kingdom1979 - 1982
  • Associate of Speech and Drama Association (Teaching Diploma)
    Australian Music Examinations Board, Brisbane, Australia