Associate Professor Kerry Thomas

Associate Professor
PhD, MEd, BEd (Art), Dip Art Ed
School of Education

Contact

Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Associate Professor Kerry Thomas lectures in the School of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW in the areas of Creativity and Giftedness, and Ethnographic Methodologies and Methods. Her research focuses on two projects. The first investigates creative practice in art, design and education as a function of practical and social reasoning in teacher-student exchanges. These studies are culturally siutated in the social, political and insitutional realities of art and design classrooms in secondary schools and university studios. The second investigates curriculum design in the Arts, with a special focus on the Visual Arts, including how knowledge and the creative object are theorised and made intelligible for teaching and learning.

Kerry has recently lead the development of core course content in the new Masters of Education Visual Arts in the School of Education, due to commence in 2015. She has also recently contributed chapters to and co-edited the International Handbook of Research on Creativity (Edward Elgar 2013) with Professor Janet Chan, Faculty of Law, UNSW. Recent articles have appeared in Studies in Art Education, the International Journal of Art and Design Education and Art Education Australia (iJADE). Kerry is also a regular reviewer for iIJADE.

Prior to her appointment in the School of Education, Kerry was a Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW where she had taught previously in the areas of visual arts education, curriculum and assessment, design issues, teacher development, creativity, and practices of research, and co-ordinated the Bachelor of Art Education and Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Art Education programs and the professional interniship program for final year students, Proior to these positions, Kerry was Inspector, Creative Arts NSW Board of Studies. Her role at the Board included responsibilities for state wide syllabus development in the Arts, in particular the Visual Arts, and the registration and accreditation of non-givernment schools. Kerry is recognised as a leading advocate for a non-reductive approach to the Arts in current Australian curriculum debates and a past Co-President of the NSW Visual Arts and Design Educators' Association (VADEA).

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Thomas K, 2017, 'Creative performances and gifted education: Studies from art education', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, vol. 26, pp. 5 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.21505/ajge.2017.0012
    • Thomas KA, 2014, 'How is the domain of the visual arts represented in years 7-10 in state curriculum frameworks in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales?', Australian Art Education, vol. 36, pp. 12 - 25, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=706031730550322;res=IELHSS
    • Thomas K;Chan J, 2013, 'Negotiating the paradox of creative autonomy in the making of artists', Studies in Art Education, vol. 54, pp. 260 - 272, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=vth&AN=87493420&site=ehost-live
    • Thomas KA;Profilio K, 2012, 'Smoke and mirrors: Beyond a naturalistic explanation of experimentation in art education', Studies in Material Thinking, vol. 8, http://www.materialthinking.org/
    • Thomas KA, 2011, 'How should the creative object be represented in the visual arts in the Australian Curriculum?', Australian Art Education, vol. 32
    • Thomas K, 2010, 'What is the relationship between social tact in teacher-pupil exchanges and creativity? Reconceptualising functional causes of creativity in artmaking', International Journal of Art and Design Education, vol. 29, pp. 134 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-8070.2010.01645.x
    • Thomas KA, 2010, 'The misconstrual of creative practice in The Arts: Initial Advice Paper', Australian Art Education
    • Thomas KA, 2009, 'How should the creative object be represented in the Visual Arts in the Australian Curriculum?', Australian Art Education, vol. Vol. 32, Special Edition, pp. 1 - 11
    • Thomas KA, 2009, 'Creativity in Artmaking as a Function of Misrecognition in Teacher - Student Relations in the Final Year of Schooling', Studies in Art Education, vol. 51, pp. 64 - 76
    • Thomas KA, 2008, 'Ambiguity as a hallmark of pedagogical exchanges between art teachers and students in the making of creative artworks', Australian Art Education, vol. 31

    Conference Papers

    • Thomas KA;Kiem M, 2010, 'Teaching as defuturing in design education', in CONNECTED International conference on Design at Sydney, CONNECTED2010 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, presented at CONNECTED2010 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 28 June - 01 July 2010, http://connected2010.eproceedings.com.au/papers/p208.pdf
    • Thomas KA, 2010, 'Keeping up appearances: the sincere fiction of creative autonomy in art and design education', in CONNECTED International conference on Design at Sydney, ConnectEd 2010, UNSW, Sydney, presented at ConnectEd 2010, UNSW, Sydney, 28 June - 01 July 2010, http://connected2010.eproceedings.com.au/papers/p299.pdf
    • Thomas KA, 2008, 'Overcoming the practical dilemmas of teaching and learning creativity in art education', in InSEA WORLD Congress Program, Mind and Media & Heritage, 32nd InSEA WORLD Congress, Osaka, Japan, presented at Mind and Media & Heritage, 32nd InSEA WORLD Congress, Osaka, Japan, 05 - 09 August 2008
    • Thomas KA, 2008, 'The clash of alternative meanings and ethical standpoints: Creativity in Art Education', in Fourth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Ethics evidence and social justice, 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois, USA, presented at Ethics evidence and social justice, 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois, USA, 14 - 17 May 2008
    • Thomas KA, 2008, 'Can creativity be taught and learned?', in Proceedings of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australiasia (PESA) 2007 Conference (Available via: www.pesa.org.au), Philosophy of Education Society of Australiasia (PESA) 2007 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, presented at Philosophy of Education Society of Australiasia (PESA) 2007 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 07 - 09 December 2007
    • Thomas KA, 2007, 'Creativity as a Function of Open Secretiveness, Denial and Euphemisation in the Transactions between Art and Design Teachers and their students', in ConnecED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, Sydney, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 - 12 July 2007
    • Thomas KA, 2006, 'Creativity as a Misrecognised Investment in the Transactions Between Art Students and Their Art Teachers in the Final Years of Schooling', in ACUADS 2006 Conference Thinking the Future: Art, Design and Creativity, ACUADS 2006 Conference Thinking the Future: Art, Design and Creativity, Melbourne, presented at ACUADS 2006 Conference Thinking the Future: Art, Design and Creativity, Melbourne, 27 - 29 September 2006
    • Thomas KA, 2006, 'Creativity as a kind of inferential social reasoning in the transactions between art teachers and their art students in the final years of schooling', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Adelaide, Sth Aust, presented at AARE 2006: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference (AARE 2006), Adelaide, Sth Aust, 26 - 30 November 2006
    • Thomas KA, 2005, '`My Inspiration?` Misrecognition as Cause of Creativity in the Authoring of Senior School Students` Artworks/SEC', in Ways Imagination and Meaning offers Purpose for the Learner, Ways Imagination and Meaning offers Purpose for the Learner, Boston, Massachusetts, pp. . - ., presented at Ways Imagination and Meaning offers Purpose for the Learner, Boston, Massachusetts, 04 - 08 March 2005
    • Thomas KA, 2005, '`My inspiration`? The collective denial of the art teacher`s agency in the authoring of senior arts students` creative artworks', in NAEA convention 2005, NAEA convention 2005, Boston, Massachusetts, pp. . - ., presented at NAEA convention 2005, Boston, Massachusetts, 01 March 2005
    • Thomas KA, 2004, 'Misrecognition of the art teacher`s agency in the artworks made by senior art students', in Conversations and Actions: Australian Curriculum Studies Biennial National Conference 2003, Australian Curriculum Studies Association Biennial Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, presented at Australian Curriculum Studies Association Biennial Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 28 - 30 September 2003
    • Thomas KA, 2004, 'A Misreprersentation of Practice For Art Education: The Draft NSW Teaching Standards and the VIrtuoso Art Teacher', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Melbourne, presented at AARE 2004: Annual Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Melbourne, 01 - 04 December 2005
    • Thomas KA, 2003, 'Misrecognition of the Art Teacher`s Agency in the Artworks Made by Senior Art Students', in ACSA, ACSA, Adelaide, Sth Aust, pp. . - ., presented at ACSA, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 01 September 2005
    • Thomas KA, 2002, 'Re-Imaging Traditions: Creativity as a Kind of Deception Between Visual Arts Teachers and Their Senior School Students', in InSEA 31st World Congress, InSEA 31st World Congress, New York, pp. 1 - 18, presented at InSEA 31st World Congress, New York, 19 - 24 August 2002
    • Thomas KA, 2002, 'Creativity as the Exchange of Symbolic Capital in the Transactions between an Art Teacher and his Senior Art Students', in Cowley T; Williamson J (eds.), AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 1 - 18, presented at AARE 2002: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference, Brisbane, Qld, 01 - 05 December 2002
    • Thomas KA, 2002, 'Creativity as the Exchange of Symbolic Capital in the Transactions between an Art Teacher and his Senior Art Students', in Cowley T; Williamson J (eds.), AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Brisbane, Qld, pp. . - ., presented at AARE 2002: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference, Brisbane, Qld, 01 - 05 December 2002
    • Thomas KA, 2001, 'Creativity as Symbolic Gift Exchange Between a Visual Arts Teacer and his Senior School Students THO01195', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Fremantle, WA, presented at AARE 2001: Crossing Borders: New Frontiers for Educational Research, Fremantle, WA, 02 - 06 December 2001
    • Thomas KA, 2001, 'Reimagining traditions: Creativity as a kind of deception between visual arts teachers and their senior school students', in InSEA 30th World Congress, InSEA 31st World Congress, New York, presented at InSEA 31st World Congress, New York, 19 - 24 August 2002
    • Thomas KA, 2001, 'Creativity as Symbolic Gift Exchange between a Visual Teacher and his Senior Students', in NAEA Convention 2001, NAEA Convention 2001, New York, pp. . - ., presented at NAEA Convention 2001, New York, 01 March 2005
    • Thomas KA, 2001, 'Creativity as Symbolic Gift Exchange between a Visual Arts Teacher and his Senior Students', in Cowley T; Williamson J (eds.), AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Fremantle, WA, pp. . - ., presented at AARE 2005: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference, Fremantle, WA, 27 November - 02 December 2001
    • Brown NC;Thomas KA, 2000, 'Creativity as Collective Misrecognition in the Relationships Between Art Students and Their Teachers', in Cultures and Transitions, Cultures and Transitions, presented at Cultures and Transitions, 01 January 2000
    • Thomas KA, 1999, 'Creativity as Collective Misrecognition in the Relationship Between Art Students and Their Teachers', in InSEA 28th World Congress, InSEA 28th World Congress, Brisbane, Qld, presented at InSEA 28th World Congress, Brisbane, Qld, 01 September 2005

    Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

    • Thomas KA, (ed.), 2005, 'Designs on Education', Designs on Education, Sydney, presented at Designs on Education, Sydney, 05 November 2005

    Curatorial Outputs

    • 81081, 2006, ARTEXPRESS@COFA 2005, exhibited at: , 01 January 2006

    Creative Written Works

    • McDonald GR;Snepvangers KL;Thomas KA, 2005, ARTEXPRESS@COFA, ARTEXPRESS@COFA

Teaching and Supervision

Currently:

EDST5806 Creativity and Giftedness

EDST5032 Qualitative Research: Ethnographic Methodology and Methods

Previous selection of courses taught at COFA UNSW:

Practices of Research in Art, Design and Education (SAED 4051/9002)

Learning and Teaching: Language and Communication (SAED 2402)

Making Curriculum in Art and Design (SAED 1407)

Issues in Contemporary Design Education (SAED 3403/9003)

Creativity in Art, Design and Education (SAED 2472/GEND 2208)

Bodies of Work and the Practice of Art Making (SAED 9029)

Professional Experience Internship Co-ordinator

Honours and prizes

2011Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

2011 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Professional Service Award

2010 Dean's Award for Sustained Teaching Excellence, College of Fine Arts

Engagement and Professional contributions

2009-13 Co-President Visual Arts and Design Educators Association NSW (VADEA)

2013- Executive member VADEA

2008 Inaugural Co-Vice President VADEA

2010 Member Visual Arts Consortium

2012-13 Member Board of Professional Teachers Council NSW

2012- Member National Institute of Experimental Arts (Art and Design UNSW)

late October 2014 - FADS network Finland and Lapland convened by International Art Education, University of Aalto, Helsinki

October-November 2010 - Visiting Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign

May 2008 - Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign

National Association Art and Design Education (USA)

International Journal of Art and Design Education (iJADE)

Art Education Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Curriculum development in Visual Arts education -K-12 ongoing

National advocate of a non-reductive approach to the Visual Arts/Arts in education eg: seehttp://www.abc.net.au/rn/latenightlive/stories/2010/2997568.htm

http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/lacking-in-real-vision-20100808-11qbd.html

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/visual-art-to-lose-special-focus-in-schools-curriculum/story-e6frg6nf-1225878162650

Previous Inspector and Senior Curriculum Officer Creative Arts Board of Studies, Previous Chair and member of Visual Arts HSC examination committees, previous Supervisor of HSC Visual Arts marking, previous Assistant Supervisor of HSC Visual Arts written marking, previous Chair and Executive Officer Visual Arts syllabus/curriculum committees