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Dr Christine Hatton is a lecturer in the School of Education with a background in drama and theatre.  Christine’s scholarly interests and contributions are located in the fields of drama, arts education and gender in education.

 

Christine completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies from the University of NSW, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Teaching) from the Sydney College of Advanced Education. She spent a number of years working as a secondary drama teacher and head of drama in schools in Sydney and London, predominantly in culturally diverse schools. She obtained her Master of Arts degree in Theatre Studies from the University of NSW and received her PhD in Drama Education at the University of Sydney in 2005. Her research study entitled “Backyards and Borderlands: Transforming Girls Learning Through Drama” featured innovative arts-based research that interrogated drama teaching and learning processes informed by feminist politics. The study explored girl-centred learning processes using playbuilding, storying and performance to enhance girls gender esteem and sense of well being. Her PhD study was a finalist in American Alliance of Theatre and Education’s international Distinguished Dissertation Award.

 

Christine has worked at a number of universities teaching pre-service teachers in drama education and theatre. She has worked at the University of NSW, the University of Edinburgh, the National Institute of Education (NTU, Singapore) and more recently at James Cook University. As a passionate advocate for drama and arts education she has served in various leadership roles locally and nationally. She is a past president of Drama NSW, the professional association for drama educators and served as Director of Research on the Drama Australia Executive. She is one of the writers of the Drama Australia Equity and Diversity Guidelines. She has served on the NSW HSC Drama Examination Committee and has been a HSC performance examiner for many years. From 2007 – 2011 Christine was the state Drama Curriculum Adviser K-12 with the NSW Department of Education and Training, providing leadership, curriculum support, resources and professional learning for both primary and secondary teachers across NSW. She regularly leads workshops for teachers on playbuilding pedagogy based on her book Young at Art: Classroom Playbuilding in Practice, co-authored with Dr Sarah Lovesy.

 

Christine joined the University of Newcastle in 2012 and is based at the Central Coast Campus. Recently she has worked as a dramaturg and educational consultant on the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre touring production Tough Beauty, an innovative new play for teen audiences funded by the Australia Council for the Arts that explored the issue of girl violence.  She continues to research in the area of drama and girls’ education, as well as teacher artistry and playbuilding. Christine was a contributor to the recent international collaborative research project The Water Reckoning Project  ( www.water-reckoning.net) . Based on Dorothy Heathcote’s ‘rolling role’ strategy, this study researched the effectiveness of a pedagogy framework for sustainability education utilizing drama and environmental strategies and digital technology. She is a Chief Investigator, along with Dr Mary Mooney (UWS), in a major three year research study of the Fresh Air Initiative: Artists in Schools Program funded by Arts NSW. She has recently been awarded the inaugural UoN Faculty of Education and the Arts Early Career Research Fellowship for 2014.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Education), University of Sydney, 21/10/2005
  • Master of Arts, University of New South Wales, 19/04/1991
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales, 18/04/1986
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), University of Sydney, 15/05/1987

Research

Research keywords

  • applied theatre and drama
  • drama and digital technology
  • drama learning, curriculum and pedagogy
  • gender and identity in education
  • girls education
  • teacher reflective practice, storying and identity

Research expertise

Christine’s key research expertise lies in the areas of drama, arts and creative learning and teaching, performative and narrative inquiry methods, applied theatre, girls education and gender issues, teachers and student storying, teacher identity and reflective practice.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130201Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy70
130308Gender, Sexuality And Education20
130106Secondary Education10

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - National Drama, UK
  • Member - Drama NSW
  • Member - Drama Australia

Editorial Board.

  • Member - NJ Drama Australia Journal
  • Member - Dialogic Pedagogy Journal

Awards

Recognition.

2007Distinguished Dissertation Award
American Alliance of Theatre and Education (United States)
International Drama dissertation award finalist

Research Award.

2014Early Career Research Fellowship
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Faculty of Education and Arts
2004Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholarship
University of Sydney (Australia)
PhD Completion Scholarship
2001Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholarship
University of Sydney (Australia)
Travel Grant

Invitations

IDEA 8th World Congress - Special Interest Group Leader: Drama/Theatre and Gender
International Drama in Education Association , France (Invited Presenter)
2013
Digital International Rolling Role Presentation
National Drama, UK, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2013
Research Hub Leader - Performances of gender in / through theatre practice and research
6th International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI), Australia (Invited Presenter)
2009
IDEA 6th World Congress - Special Interest Group Leader: Drama/Theatre and Gender
International Drama in Education Association, Hong Kong (Invited Presenter)
2007
Drama Australia National Conference, Sydney
Drama Australia, Australia (Keynote Address)
2006
Learning & Sharing Festival
Marshall Cavendish, Singapore (Keynote Address)
2006
IDEA 5th World Congress - Special Interest Group Leader: Drama/Theatre and Gender
International Drama in Education Association, Canada (Invited Presenter)
2004

Collaboration

2013 -2014 The Water Reckoning – Digital Tools for Dramatic Engagement (CQU, UoN, UWS, Macquarie University)

2014 – 2016 The Fresh Air Initiative: Strand 2 Research Study (UoN & UWS) funded by Arts NSW and the NSW DEC

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Christine has a background in arts education leadership, as a Head Teacher, past President of Drama NSW and as a state Drama Curriculum Adviser K-12.She has convened courses and programs in various universities. Since joining the School of Education she has served as In the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Secondary) Program Convenor and has co-ordinated numerous courses.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • arts learning processes
  • curriculum
  • drama pedagogy
  • learning technologies

Teaching expertise

Christine has extensive experience as a teacher educator and leader across a range of contexts. Since joining the staff of the University of Newcastle she has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in both secondary and primary programs.

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Publications

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Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Hatton C, Lovesy S, Young at Art: Classroom Playbuilding in Practice, Routledge, London, 208 (2008) [A2]
2004Hatton C, The State of Our Art: NSW Perspectives in Educational Drama, Currency Press, Sydney, 129 (2004)

Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Hatton C, 'Storying the dramas of teaching drama', A Reflective Practitioner's Guide to (Mis) Adventures in Drama Education - or - What Was I Thinking?, Intellect Books, Bristol, UK 1-20 (2015)
2014Hatton C, 'Backyards and Borderlands: Research Postcards from the He(art) of Drama Learning', Performing Scholartistry, Backalong Books, Halifax, Canada 1-25 (2014)
2014Hatton C, 'Schooling the imagination in the 21st century . . . (or why playbuilding matters)', The State of the Art IV, Sydney University Press, Sydney, Australia 1-19 (2014)
2004Hatton CM, 'Exploring the potential space of drama in the secondary drama classroom', The State of Our Art: NSW Perspectives in Educational Drama, Currency Press, Sydney 104-117 (2004)
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Journal article (11 outputs)

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2014Hatton C, Mooney M, Nicholls J, 'Into the sea of imagination: re-considering role and collaboration in the Sydney Water Reckoning Drama Project', Drama Research: International Journal of Drama in Education, 5 1-24 (2014)
2013Hatton C, 'Educating Rita and her sisters: using drama to reimagine femininities in schools', Research in Drama Education, 18 155-167 (2013) [C1]
2012Hatton CM, 'Performing 'girl' in the Facebook era: Drama as a safe space for negotiating adolescent identities and agency', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 36 36-49 (2012) [C1]
2009Hatton CM, 'Review of 'The Theatre of Urban: Youth and Schooling in Dangerous Times' by Kathleen Gallagher', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 14 456-459 (2009) [C3]
2007Hatton C, 'Can I get a witness? Mapping learning in and beyond the drama classroom', Journal of Creative and Artistic Education, 1 171-204 (2007)
2004Hatton C, 'Subversive acts: researching girls learning in drama', Drama Research: The Research Journal of National Drama, 3 31-42 (2004)
2004Hatton CM, 'On the edge of realities: drama and the construction of girls' subjectivities', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 28 87-104 (2004)
2003Hatton CM, 'Backyards and borderlands: some reflections on researching the travels of adolescent girls doing drama', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 8 139-156 (2003)
2003Hatton CM, 'Backyards and borderlands: some reflections on researching the travels of adolescent girls doing drama', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 27 33-44 (2003)
2002Hatton CM, 'Staging the subjective: a narrative approach to drama', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 26 81-89 (2002)
2001Hatton CM, 'A girl's own project: subjectivity and transformation in girls' drama', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 25 21-30 (2001)
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Conference (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Hatton C, 'Playing in the girl zone: voice, dialogue and feminism in the drama classroom', Dialogic Pedagogy Institute, Hamilton, New Zealand (2014)
2014Hatton C, 'The Tough Beauty Project: interrogating girl2girl violence through theatre and drama', International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, Warsaw, Poland (2014)
2014Hatton C, 'He(art)ful dodgers: expert drama teachers, artistry and the labour of high stakes playbuilding', Artistry, Performance and Scholarly Inquiry Symposium, Melbourne, Australia (2014)
2013Davis S, Simou P, Mooney M, Hatton C, Wales P, Chang M, 'Adapting Heathcote's methods to the digital arena', National Drama International Conference Programme 2013, London, UK (2013) [E3]
2013Hatton C, 'Transformation takes gentle hands: exploring the everyday artistry of drama educators', IDEA Congress Programme, Paris, France (2013) [E3]
2013Hatton C, Chidiac C, 'The Tough Beauty Project: Interrogating girl2girl violence through theatre and drama', IDEA Congress Programme, Paris, France (2013) [E3]
2013Davis S, Simou P, Kulik J, Tan J, Hatton C, 'The Water-Reckoning- the development of a digitally mediated drama project building on Heathcote's Rolling Role concept.', National Drama International Conference Programme, London, UK (2013) [E3]
2012Hatton C, Mooney M, Nicholls J, 'I¿m here: new horizons of practice in drama education', 7th International Drama in Education Research Institute Programme, Limerick, Ireland (2012)
2012Hatton C, 'Mapping the borders of artistry in the drama classroom: 21st century playbuilding in practice', 7th International Drama in Education Research Institute, Limerick, Ireland (2012)
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants6
Total funding$101,305

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2014 (2 grants)

Evaluating the Impacts of the Fresh Air Initiative 2014-2016: Strand 2 - Research Study$90,000
Funding Body: NSW Trade & Investment

Project Team
Doctor Christine Hatton, Dr Mary Mooney
SchemeRole
Research ProjectChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$90,00020142016
GNo:G1301337

International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network - ASSITEJ World Congress, Warsaw Poland, 23-31 May 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Christine Hatton
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1400604

2013 (2 grants)

8th IDEA World Congress, Universite Paris VII Diderot, 8 - 13 July 2013, $1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Christine Hatton
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300617

Perspective and Limits of Dialogism in Mikhail Bahktin & the Dialogic Pedagogy Institute, Waikato NZ, 15-19 January 2014$1,305
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Christine Hatton
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,30520132013
GNo:G1301242

2012 (2 grants)

Devising the Future: Drama as a 21st Century Pedagogy$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Christine Hatton
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020122012
GNo:G1200741

7th International Drama in Education Research Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland, 10- 15 July 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Christine Hatton
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200553
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Research Supervision

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Dr Christine Hatton

Work Phone(02) 4348 4105
Fax(02) 4348 4075
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaDrama
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Education and Nursing,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/christine-hatton