Dr Carol Carter

Dr Carol Carter


Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies

Career Summary


I am based in the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre (ELFSC) at University of Newcastle where my role is coordinator/lecturer of the Foundations in Education Course. Prior to July 2017,  I  worked  as a Lecturer in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Holmesglen Institute, Melbourne, I have extensive experience as a teacher educator at universities in Australia and South Africa.  I have also worked as a primary school teacher for a number of years and lead youth theatre groups for disadvantaged young people in South Africa.

My PhD examined the role of oral art forms in supporting drama pedagogy and intercultural understanding within teacher education. I have published and presented numerous papers and workshops nationally and internationally. Some of my most recent work involves examining ways in which the arts creates dialogical spaces and supports cultural identities in early childhood, primary and higher education contexts. Another of my research interests, that I continue toexplore, is identifying strategies and techniques to support  and enhance learning and teaching in diverse higher Education contexts.

My work includes report and document writing such as the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity section of the “Drama Australia Equity and Diversity Guideline Statements”. I am currently co-editing and writing an early childhood text for initial teacher educators to be published by Oxford University Press in May 2018. The text is titled, “The Child in Focus: Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education”. I have also  designed and developed an accredited  Bachelor of Early Childhood (birth to 5) course for a private college in New South Wales.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Education, Rhodes University
  • Master of Education, University of Fort Hare


  • Arts-based research
  • Education, Drama, Arts, Early Childhood
  • Practioner and Action research


  • English (Mother)
  • Afrikaans (Fluent)
  • Xhosa (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) 25
130103 Higher Education 50
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
3/01/2012 - 3/05/2017 Lecturer

Lecturer (level 5) in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching

Holmesglen Institute
Early Childhood Education
1/03/2011 - 15/12/2011 Sessional Lecturer

Lecturing on the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Melbourne Institute of Technology
Primary and Early Childhood
28/04/2007 - 16/12/2011 Part-Time Lecturer

Drama Lecturer - Artistic and Creative Education (ACE)

The University of Melbourne
School of Education
3/01/2000 - 15/12/2006 Course Leader and Senior Lecturer

Course Leader: Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Senior Lecturer

University of Fort Hare/Rhodes University
South Africa


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Carter C, Sallis R, 'Dialogues of diversity: examining the role of educational drama techniques in affirming diversity and supporting inclusive educational practices in primary schools', NJ, 40 78-88 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/14452294.2016.1239504
2016 Carter C, Hughes M, 'Artful Learning and Teaching: Engendering Positive Attitudes and Engaging Reluctant Pre-Service Teachers in the Arts', The International Journal of Arts Education, 11 1-12 (2016)
DOI 10.18848/2326-9944/CGP/v11i02
2014 Lancaster SL, Carter C, 'Exploring Strategies and Techniques to Support Learning and Teaching in Diverse Higher Education Contexts', The International Journal of Diversity in Education, 13 27-38 (2014)
DOI 10.18848/2327-0020/CGP/v13i03/40043
2012 Carter CH, 'Towards a Richer Understanding of Cultural Complexity: Examining Diversity and Cultural Identity within Tertiary Teacher Education', The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations, 11 1-14 (2012)
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Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Carter CH, Hughes M, 'That¿s a shame: Policy directions and personal attitudes impacting on Arts education and practices that promote quality teacher education in the Arts.', (2016) [O1]
2016 Hughes M, Carter CH, 'The pedagogical leader in early childhood education and care: preparing future leaders', (2016) [O1]
2015 Sallis R, Freeebody K, Hatton C, Carter CH, Raphael J, 'Drama Australia: Equity and Diversity Guidelines Statement. Drama Australia, Sydney.', Drama Australia Website: Drama Australia (2015)
Co-authors Christine Hatton

Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Carter CH, Kwathi ke kaloku ngantsomi: Engaging with oral art forms to support drama pedagogy and intercultural understanding, University of Melbourne (2011)
2006 Carter CH, Some Teachers will and some teachers won¿t: Personal and contextual constraints in the use of classroom drama., University of Fort Hare, South Africa (2006)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $1,500

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20171 grants / $1,500

NSER Grant (University of Newcastle)$1,500

Funding body: ELFSC Research Committee

Funding body ELFSC Research Committee
Project Team

partners from other universities

Scheme New Staff Early Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL

Dr Carol Carter


Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email carol.h.carter@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49854089


Room MCLG57
Building McMullin Building MCLG-57