Curriculum studies: Arts education; Visual arts education, Integrated learning, Pedagogy
Indigenous story and storytelling
Teacher education; Early childhood; Professional development
Teacher reflection and self assessment
Robert Brown is an experienced arts and education lecturer and researcher at the Melbourne School of Graduate Education, The University of Melbourne. Robert’s work with children and young people and the arts spans over twenty years and includes undertaking the Research Manager role at The University of Melbourne’s Early Learning Centre. In this role, Robert engaged in diverse research and community engagement projects, undertaken nationally and internationally, including the Coming Closer project centred on Indigenous storytellers. Robert has acted as the Senior Research Associate for an Australian Research Centre funded project entitled, Mapping Engagement at ArtPlay and also led a three-year Australia Council funded Community and Cultural Partnerships Initiative entitled the ACCESS Project, which investigated how community arts facilities engage diverse participants in creative arts practices. Robert's PhD profiled why and how artists work with children and young people, and the characteristics of engaging artist practices. Most recently Robert research has led to the development of a Family Engagement Resource for the City of Melbourne. Robert's ongoing research interests are interconnected and include; child, youth and family engagement, artist pedagogies, creativity and play, cultural citizenship and teacher reflective practice.
In 2013 Robert, in collaboration with Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret, was awarded the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Engagement Award for excellence in forming a research partnership with the City of Melbourne that has significantly informed teaching.