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Dr Christina Gray

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6149
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.119  

Christina is a Lecturer for the School of Education.

Professional Associations

  • 2007 - DramaWest (Professional Association for Drama Educators in Western Australia)
  • Drama Australia.

Research Interests

  • Drama education
  • Pre-service education
  • Practicum experiences
  • Teacher identity
  • Universal needs
  • Arts education.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2016.
  • Master of Education, Edith Cowan University, 2007.
  • Bachelor of Education, Edith Cowan University, 1995.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education (Secondary), Edith Cowan University, 1991.


Recent Research Grants

  • Investigating the 'readiness' and proficiency of beginning Arts teachers in Western Australian secondary schools.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2018,  2017 - 2019,  $10,000.
  • Arts-based pedagogy: Engaging children with additional needs through multi-sensory storytelling,  Sensorium Theatre Inc,  Sensorium Theatre Inc - Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $10,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Lambert, K., Gray, C., (2020), Performing ‘teacher’: Exploring early career teachers’ becomings, work identities and the [mis-]use of the professional standards in competitive educational assemblages. Pedagogy Culture and Society, 28(4), 501-523, DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2019.1663247.
  • Prout, P., Lowe, G., Gray, C., Jefferson, S., (2020), Examined lives: The transformative power of active interviewing in narrative approach. Qualitative Report: an online journal dedicated to qualitative research since 1990, 25(1), 14-27, United States - Online.
  • Lowe, G., Prout, P., Gray, C., Jefferson, S., (2020), Reappraising the AITSL Professional Engagement Domain: Clarifying Social Capacity Building for School Leaders to Enhance Overall Teacher Job Satisfaction and Career Longevity. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(9), 62-78, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2020v45n9.4.
  • Gray, C., Lambert, K., Jefferson, S., (2020), Fish out of water: Investigating the 'readiness' and proficiency of beginning drama teachers in Western Australia secondary schools. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(2), 65-80, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2020v45n2.4.
  • Gray, C., Lambert, K., (2019), Being the adult you needed as a kid: Why the AITSL standards are not the best fit for drama teachers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2019(Article in press), 1-18, DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2019.1685645.
  • Gray, C., Lowe, G., (2019), "Learning the ropes": Pre-service arts teachers navigating the extracurricular terrain. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 44(4), 78-90, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2018v44n4.6.
  • Prout, P., Lowe, G., Gray, C., Jefferson, S., (2019), An elixir for veteran teachers: The power of social connections in keeping these teachers passionate and enthusiastic in their work. Qualitative Report: an online journal dedicated to qualitative research since 1990, 24(9), 2244-2258.
  • Lowe, G., Gray, C., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., Shaw, T., (2019), Still keen and committed: Piloting an instrument for identifying positive veteran teachers. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 25(4), 418-433, DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2019.1621829.
  • Gray, C., Lowe, G., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., (2019), “I feel very fortunate to still be doing what I love”: Later career performing arts teachers still keen and committed. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 20(7), 1-22, Online, DOI: 10.26209/ijea20n7.
  • Gray, C., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2019), "They made me feel like a teacher rather than a praccie": sinking or swimming in pre-service drama education. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 47(2), 193-207, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2018.1504279.
  • Lowe, G., Gray, C., Prout, P., Jefferson, S., Shaw, T., (2019), Positive veteran teachers: Who are they, and where are they to be found?. Issues in Educational Research, 29(3), 823-840.
  • Gray, C., Pascoe, R., Wright, P., (2018), "I felt that I could be whatever I wanted": Pre-service drama teachers' prior experiences and beliefs about teaching drama. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 19(10), 25 p., Online, Penn State Libraries Open Publishing, DOI: 10.18113/P8ijea1910.
  • Gray, C., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2017), Raising the curtain: Investigating the practicum experiences of pre-service drama teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42(1), 36-53, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2017v42n1.3.
  • Gray, C., Wright, P., Pascoe, R., (2017), There's a lot to learn about being a drama teacher: Pre-service drama teachers' experience of stress and vulnerability during an extended practicum. Teaching and Teacher Education, 67(October 2017), 270-277, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.06.015.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Growing phonological and morphological knowledge and improving spelling outcomes in year 2 primary school children through explicit instruction and contextualised dictation
  • Master of Education,  A primary school internship model: Graduate teacher performance as perceived by employing principals

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A study on the impact of music looping technology intervention upon pre-service generalist teachers' self-efficacy to teach music in primary schools

Assistant Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  When Autism Strikes
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Finding marigolds: A study into the shared characteristics of positive veteran Western Australian teachers and the role of social support in sustaining their commitment to teaching
  • Master of Education,  Influence of a drama based education program on the development of empathy in year ten, Western Australian students
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