Dr Susan Davis School of Education and the Arts
Deputy Dean - Research
BA, Grad Dip Teach, Grad Dip Admin, MA (Research), PhD
Phone: (07) 5440 7007 - Ext: 47007
Susan Davis is Deputy Dean Research for the School of Education and the Arts at CQUniversity (Noosa) and is passionate about the transformational power of the arts and creativity for enhanced learning across formal and community learning contexts. Her career spans extensive experience as a secondary drama teacher, Performing Head of Department, Senior Policy Officer and more recently as a lecturer in primary and early childhood teacher education programs. She also has been actively involved in various state and national curriculum development projects, Queensland Drama State Panel and Arts Advisory committee and in Drama Queensland/Drama Australia for over 25 years. Her research has focused on drama, engagement, digital technologies, sustainability and scriptwriting as research. She maintains active creative practice through developing performances and workshops with schools, for arts-based community projects and events including the international Water-Reckoning Rolling Role project (featured at the Heathcote Reconsidered international conference with the model further investigated since). Recent collaborations have included the development of two iterations of the drama and arts-based professional learning program The Open Storybox, first trialled with Sydney Theatre Company in 2014 and with Patch Theatre Company 2015-16. Sue was one of the authors of the drama book ‘Dramatexts’, lead editor for the book “Dramatic interactions in education: Vygotskian and sociocultural approaches to drama, education and research” and author of “Learning that matters: Revitalising Heathcote’s Rolling Role for the digital age”. She is a regular presenter and national and international conferences and has published over 45 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. She won the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research (Early Career) in 2014 and in 2016 won a VC Publications Recognition award. She is currently on the boards of Drama Australia and the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and is Co-Convenor of the Arts, Education and Practice SIG for AARE (Australia Association for Research in Education).
Drama Queensland/Drama Australia/IDEA
Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance
Queensland Writers Centre
Davis, S. (Ed) 'Future Nature, Future Culture(s)' Refereed papers for the International 'Balance-Unbalance 2013' conference, Noosa
. Australian National Schools Network - Dimensions of Learning Hub Facilitator 2008
. SEQ Water - creative content consultant for strategic planning processes
Davis, S. (2016) Rolling Role: A model for collaborative, creative learning Rotterdam:Sense Publishing.
Davis, S, Ferholt, B., Grainger Clemson, H., Jansson, S., Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2014) Dramatic interactions in education: Vygotskian and sociocultural approaches to drama, education and research’. London: Bloomsbury Press.
‘Gamechanging drama with digital technology’ as part of an invited keynote panel presentation ‘What will be the ’new black’ in drama education’ featuring Aitken, V., Davis, S., Ewing, R., Pascoe, R. & Gattenhof, S. at the Drama Australia/Drama New Zealand ‘Gamechanger’ conference, at NIDA in Sydney, 10-12 July 2015.
1. Keynote speaker presentation, Drama Queensland state conference, March 21, 2014, Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane. Davis, S (2014) ‘The dramatic traveller’s journal: Insights and Illuminations’
Cathie Withyman (Supervised with Prof Mike Horsley) – MA – Thesis title: Sustainable Tourism Certification within a Biosphere Reserve
Denise Beckton (Supervised with Prof Donna Brien) – MA – Thesis title: Creating a pictorial language for “The Language of the Long Ears”: Writing young adult fiction when genres, sub-genres and target readerships are rapidly evolving
Davis, S, Bauer, K (CQU), Saunders, J (Sydney Theatre Company) (2013-14) Frank Leydon Tot-Ed Trust ‘Open Story Box Project’ – developing new models for live and online professional development programs supporting national curriculum implementation $20,450
Davis, S & Ambrosetti, A (2013), CQU Research Seed Grant – ‘Digital tools for dramatic engagement – Transforming sustainability education for the digital age’ $9810
Davis S & Tarrant, M (University of Georgia
Athens) (2012), CQU Early Career Research Funding 2012 - ‘Devising a future –
creative pedagogies and scenario based learning for international
Dargusch, J & Davis, S (2012-13), Scholarship of Learning &
Teaching Grant – ‘Optimising feedback for active learning: Utilising assessment
feedback and e-portfolio tools for self-assessment and goal setting’
Davis, S & Horsley, M, CQU Early Career Research Funding 2010-11 - Exploring student engagement through a community-school sustainability/arts education project $4906 (A further $3500 was secured from RADF funds for professional arts-based components)
Davis, S. (2018). Creativity and the cybernetics of self: Drama, embodied creation and feedback processes. In S. Burgoyne (Ed.), Creativity in theatre: Theory and action in theatre/drama education (Vol. 2, pp. 169-187). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-78928-6_11
Davis, S. (2018). Dramatic learning and Indigenous creativities: A kinship approach. In L. R. de Bruin, P. Burnard, & S. Davis (Eds.), Creativities in arts education, research and practice (Vol. 15, pp. 223-235). Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill. Retrieved from https://brill.com/view/title/38257
Davis, S. (2015). Interactive drama with digital technology and tools for creative learning. In S. Davis, H. G. Clemson, B. Ferholt, S. Jansson, & A. Marjanovic-Shane (Eds.), Dramatic interactions in education : Vygotskian and sociocultural approaches to drama, education and research (pp. 189-207). London: Bloomsbury. Retrieved from http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/dramatic-interactions-in-education-9781472576910/
Davis, S. (2015). The digital navigator : teacher as dramatic curator of aesthetic encounters. In S. Schonmann (Ed.), International yearbook for research in arts education. Volume 3 (2015), The wisdom of the many - key issues in arts education (pp. 208-213). Munster, Germany: Waxmann. Retrieved from http://www.waxmann.com/?id=20&chash=1&buchnr=3119
Davis, S., Grainger Clemson, H., Ferholt, B., & Jansson, S. M. (2015). Vygotsky, sociocultural concepts and drama in and for education : [Introduction]. In S. Davis, H. G. Clemson, B. Ferholt, S. Jansson, & A. Marjanovic-Shane (Eds.), Dramatic interactions in education : Vygotskian and sociocultural approaches to drama, education and research (1st ed., pp. 1-16). London: Bloomsbury. Retrieved from http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/dramatic-interactions-in-education-9781472576910/
Davis, S., Simou, P., Wales, P., Kulik, J., Hatton, C., Mooney, M., . . . Kennard, J. (2014). The water reckoning : learnings from the international Rolling Role project. In Unknown (Ed.), Heathcote reconsidered : conference echoes. (pp. 89-112). London, UK: National Drama. Retrieved from http://www.nationaldrama.org.uk/
Davis, S. (2012). A life defining work : an introduction to 'In Beauty It Is Finished'. In Unknown (Ed.), In beauty it is finished (pp. 5-11). Brisbane: Playlab. Retrieved from http://www.playlab.org.au/
Davis, S. (2012). A place in time : an introduction to 'The Orange Grove'. In Unknown (Ed.), Orange grove (pp. 5-13). Brisbane: Playlab. Retrieved from http://www.playlab.org.au/
Davis, S. (2012). Australian belonging : an introduction to 'Fountains Beyond'. In Unknown (Ed.), Fountains beyond (pp. 5-11). Brisbane: Playlab. Retrieved from http://www.playlab.org.au/
Davis, S. (2012). Familial sacrifice with a gothic twist : an introduction to 'No Incense Rising'. In Unknown (Ed.), No Incense Rising (pp. 5-10). Brisbane, Qld: PlayLab. Retrieved from http://www.playlab.org.au/
Davis, S. (2012). George Landen Dann (1904-77) : [biography]. In Unknown (Ed.), Orange Grove (pp. 14-17). Brisbane: Playlab. Retrieved from http://www.playlab.org.au/
Davis, S., & Dargusch, J. (2010). Learning management and assessment. In D. Lynch, & B. A. Knight (Eds.), Theory and practice of learning management : a text for the student of learning management (pp. 96-116). Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Australia.
Davis, S., & Dargusch, J. (2010). Learning management and its association with the reporting of learner performance. In D. Lynch, & B. A. Knight (Eds.), Theory and practice of learning management : a text for the student of learning management (pp. 117-135). Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Australia.
Davis, S. (2009). Interactive drama using cyberspaces. In M. Anderson, J. Carrol, & D. Cameron (Eds.), Drama education with digital technology (pp. 149-167). London: Continuum International.
Davis, S. (2007). Teacher professional development : a partnership approach. In P. Grainger, & S. Quackenboss (Eds.), Dimensions of learning in practice in Australian primary, secondary and tertiary education (pp. 117-140). Heatherton, Vic.: Hawker Brownlow Education.
Davis, S. (2018). The engagement tree: Arts-based pedagogies for environmental learning. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 19(8), 1-24. doi:10.18113/P8ijea1908
Davis, S. (2018). Beyond ethnodrama: exploring nursing history and identity through scriptwriting as research. NJ Drama Australia Journal, 1-14. doi:10.1080/14452294.2018.1443753
Davis, S. (2018). Performing the castaway. New Writing, 15(2), 264-272. doi:10.1080/14790726.2017.1417448
Davis, S. (2017). Drama and arts-based professional learning: exploring face-to-face, online and transmedia models. Teaching Education, 28(4), 333-348. doi:10.1080/10476210.2017.1296830
Harris, A., Davis, S., Snepvangers, K., & de Bruin, L. (2017). Creative formats, create futures. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 6(2), 48-61. doi:10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.2.48
Davis, S. (2017). Dramatic thinking: identifying and owning our creative process. NJ Drama Australia Journal, 41(2), 83-92. doi:10.1080/14452294.2017.1435946
Davis, S. E., & Dolan, K. (2016). Contagious learning: Drama, experience and perezhivanie. International Research in Early Childhood Education, 7(1), 50-67. Retrieved from https://figshare.com/
Davis, S. (2016). George Landen Dann: a dramatic history in Queensland. Fryer Folios, 10(1), 21-23. Retrieved from https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:383511/ff10_1_2016_.pdf
Ambrosetti, A., & Davis, S. (2016). Mentor. M / C Journal, 19(2), 1. Retrieved from http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1103
Baker, D. J., Batty, C., Beattie, D., & Davis, S. (2015). Scriptwriting as a research practice: expanding the field. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, Special Issue(29), 1-11. Retrieved from http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue29/content.htm
Davis, S. (2015). Drama, education and curriculum : alive, kicking and counting. Research in drama education., 20(3), 327-330. doi:10.1080/13569783.2015.1059271
Dargusch, J., & Davis, S. (2015). Feedback, iterative processing and academic trust : teacher education students' perceptions of assessment feedback. Australian journal of teacher education ., 40(1), 177-191. doi:10.14221/ajte.2015v40n1.10
Davis, S. (2015). Perezhivanie and the experience of drama, metaxis and meaning making. NJ : Drama Australia journal., 39(1), 63-75. doi:10.1080/14452294.2015.1083138
Davis, S. (2015). Questions for George. Text., 19(1), 1-16. Retrieved from http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue29/content.htm
McAllister, M., Davis, S., Brien, D., Rogers, I., Flanagan, W., Howie, V., & Dargusch, J. (2015). The courage to care : an innovative arts-based event to engage students and the local community to reflect on Australian nurses' roles in the First World War and after. Nurse education today., 47, 51-56. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2015.10.009
Davis, S. (2015). Transformative learning : revisiting Heathcote and Vygotsky for the digital age. p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e., 2(1), 1-13. Retrieved from http://www.p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e.org/?p=1835
Barclay, L., & Davis, S. (2014). A balanced approach to local and global action. Leonardo., 47(5), 491. doi:10.1162/LEON_a_00816
Davis, S., & Tarrant, M. (2014). Environmentalism, stories and science : exploring applied theatre processes for sustainability education. Research in drama education., 19(2), 190-194. doi:10.1080/13569783.2014.895613
Davis, S., & Simou, P. (2014). Revisiting Heathcote’s rolling role model through the Water Reckoning project : pre-texts, dramatic materials and digital mediation. Drama research : international journal of drama in education., 5(1), 1-20. Retrieved from http://www.dramaresearch.co.uk/journal/index.cfm/current-issue/articles/
Davis, S. (2013). Dramatic shape-shifter and innovative teacher : the creative life and legacy of Dorothy Heathcote. NJ : Drama Australia journal., 37(1), 25-40.
Davis, S. (2013). Figments of Eliza : a dramatic interlude about place. Text., 19, 1-19. Retrieved from http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue19/davis.pdf
Davis, S. (2013). The dramatic engineer : the creative life and legacy of John Carroll. NJ : Drama Australia journal., 37(1), 41-52.
McAllister, M., Reid-Searl, K., & Davis, S. (2013). Who is that masked educator? : Deconstructing the teaching and learning processes of an innovative humanistic simulation technique. Nurse education today., 33(12), 1453-1458. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2013.06.015
Davis, S. (2012). Activity systems analysis methods: understanding complex learning environments, by Lisa C. Yamagata-Lynch : [book review]. Pedagogies : an international journal., 7(1), 95-99. doi:10.1080/1554480X.2012.630575
Davis, S. (2012). Epiphany! : a contemporary vaudevillian fairytale. Text., 16(2), 1-23. Retrieved from http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue15/davis.pdf
Davis, S. (2012). Liveness, mediation and immediacy : innovative technology use in process and performance. Research in drama education., 17(4), 501-516. doi:10.1080/13569783.2012.727623
Davis, S. (2012). Real life doesn't happen on a screen. Education review., (2012), 22-23. Retrieved from http://www.educationreview.com.au/
Davis, S. (2011). Digital drama : toolkits, dilemmas, and preferences. Youth theatre journal., 25(2), 103-119. doi:10.1080/08929092.2011.618365
Davis, S. (2010). Creativity in drama : explanations and explorations. NJ : Drama Australia journal., 33(2), 31-44.
Davis, S. (2009). Contexts, codes and online communications : a case study exploring issues related to using CMCs in a drama education project. ejournalist : a refereed media journal., 9, 135-155. Retrieved from http://ejournalist.com.au/v9n1/davis.pdf
Davis, S. (2008). Coming of age : dialogues about "Dramawise" and the elements of drama. NJ : Drama Australia journal., 31(2), 59-71.
Davis, S., Dargusch, J., & Harris, L. (2017). Professional identities, assessment transactions and transformations: A dramatic inquiry and presentation. In Australian Association of Research in Education 2017 Conference (AARE) (pp. 1-9). Canberra, ACT. Retrieved from https://www.aare.edu.au/pages/2017-conference-hotel-realm-canberra-act.html
Davis, S. (2016). Performing the castaway (No. Of Pieces: 10 pages). Toowoomba, Qld.: University of Southern Queensland. Retrieved from https://livestream.com/accounts/11202028/events/4152831/videos/137211263
Acton, R., Barry, V., Bissett, Z., Brien, D., Janet, B., Davis, S., . . . Yule, L. (2015). At land’s edge : three collaborative poems (No. Of Pieces: 7 pages). Australia: Australasian Association of Writing Programs. Retrieved from http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue30/content.htm
Bissett, Z., Brien, D. L., Davis, S., McGarron, C., Miller, P., Waters, I., & Woodhouse, L. (2016). Floating land, Noosa 2015 (No. Of Pieces: 1 page). Australia: Australasian Association of Writing Programs. Retrieved from http://www.meniscus.org.au/Meniscus_4.1.pdf
Davis, S. (2016). Learning that matters revitalising Heathcote’s Rolling Role for the digital age (1st ed.). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.sensepublishers.com/
Davis, S., Grainger Clemson, H., Ferholt, B., Jansson, S. M., & Marjanovic-Shane, A. (2015). Dramatic interactions in education : Vygotskian and sociocultural approaches to drama, education and research. London: Bloomsbury.
Davis, S. (2015). Digital pre-texts and the creation of ‘open’ learning resources. In Textbooks and Educational Media in a Digital Age, 12th International Conference on Textbooks and Educational Media, 18-20 September, 2013, Ostrava, Czech Republic edited by Zuzana Sikorova, Mike Horsley, Tania Braga Garcia, Jesus Rodriguez Rodriguez. (pp. 200-214). Ostrava, Czech Republic: IARTEM. Retrieved from https://iartemblog.wordpress.com/conferences/ostrava/
Davis, S. (2013). Noosa Biosphere Reserve : a tool for promoting 'I/Thou' relationships and action. In Future nature, future culture(s) : peer reviewed papers for Balance - Unbalance 2013 International Conference, May 31 - June 2, 2013, Noosa, Australia (pp. 172-177). Noosa, Qld: Noosa Biosphere Limited & CQUniversity. Retrieved from http://www.balance-unbalance2013.org/program--proceedings.html
Davis, S. (2012). Developing confidence and creative capacity : the arts learning journey for primary and early childhood pre-service students. In AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, 2-6 December 2012, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales : Regional and global cooperation in educational research (pp. 1-16). Sydney, NSW: AARE. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/papers/2012/davis%20s.pdf#zoom=85
Davis, S. (2011). Activity, engagement and meaning-making: revisiting activity theory to examine creative practice using ICTs. In Researching across boundaries : Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education conference (AARE 2011), 27 Nov- 1 Dec 2011, Hobart, Tasmania (pp. 1-16). Deakin, ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education. Retrieved from http://www.aare.edu.au/11pap/
Davis, S. (2010). ICTs for creative practice : the importance of mediation tools beyond the purely technological. In ICERI 2010 International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation : conference proceedings, 15-17 November, 2010, Madrid, Spain. (pp. 3973-3982). Valencia, Spain: International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED).
Davis, S. (2009). Cyberdrama : supporting young people's creative practice in a digital age. In Planting Trees of Drama with Global Vision in Local Knowledge : IDEA 2007 Dialogues = IDEA 2007 xi ju xing dui hua : ren shi zi ji, fang yan shi jie (pp. 311-323). Hong Kong: IDEA Publications & IDEA 2007 World Congress - Hong Kong.
Davis, S. (2008). Contexts, codes and online communications : exploring issues related to using and analysing computer-mediated communications in educational contexts. In Ignite 08! 2008 Creative Industries Postgraduate Conference, 2-3 October, 2008 at QUT, Brisbane, Australia. (pp. 1-15). Queensland.: QUT.
Davis, S. (Ed.) (2013). Future nature, future culture(s): peer reviewed papers for Balance - Unbalance 2013 International Conference, May 31 – June 2, 2013 Noosa, Australia. Noosa, Qld.: Noosa Biosphere Limited & CQUniversity. Retrieved from http://www.balance-unbalance2013.org/program--proceedings.html