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Dr Christina Gray

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6149
Email: c.gray@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML16.119  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8464-1961

Christina is a Senior 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Gray, C., Lowe, G., Prout, P., Jefferson, S. (2021). Growing through life’s bumpy moments: key experiences transforming the careers of positive veteran performing arts teachers. NJ Drama Australia Journal, 2021(Article in Press), 14p.. https://doi.org/10.1080/14452294.2021.1886287.
  • O'Rourke, J., Main, S., Gray, C., Lovering, C. (2021). Observations of children with disability during arts-based multisensory story and rhyme activities: Is it all just chimes and perfumes?. Australasian Journal of Special and Inclusive Education, xx(xx), xx. https://doi.org/10.1017/jsi.2021.8.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2020v45n2.4.
  • 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), 61-78. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2020v45n9.4.
  • 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.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2019.1663247.
  • Gray, C., Lambert, K. (2020). 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, 48(5), 555-571. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2019.1685645.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.26209/ijea20n7.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2019.1621829.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2018v44n4.6.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2018.1504279.

Journal Articles

  • 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.. https://doi.org/10.18113/P8ijea1910.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2017.06.015.

Journal Articles

  • O'Rourke, J., Cooper, M., Gray, C. (2012). Is Being “Smart and Well Behaved” a Recipe for Happiness in Western Australian Primary Schools?. International Journal of Psychological Studies, 4(3), 139-152. https://doi.org/10.5539/ijps.v4n3p139.

Research Projects

  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, A Tale of the Well-ness Monster: Examining the Mental Wellness Needs of Pre-service Teachers During the Final Practicum.
  • Master of Education, Drama in education for Chinese teachers: a narrative inquiry into Australian practitioner perspectives

Assistant Supervisor

  • Master of Education, The impact of a creative based integrated arts programme on the mental wellbeing of 11-12 year-old children

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
  • Master of Education, Influence of a drama based education program on the development of empathy in year ten, Western Australian students
  • 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
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