Dr Frances Alter

Senior Lecturer, Creative and Performing Arts Education - School of Education

Frances Alter

Phone: +61 2 6773 3822

Email: falter2@une.edu.au

Biography

Frances Alter is a member of the Creative and Performing Arts Education team and specialises in visual arts education.

Qualifications

PhD (NE), M.Ed (NE), Dip. Ed. (NE), BFA (Adel.), Art Cert. (East Syd. Tech.)

Memberships

Executive Board Member Art Education Australia (AEA) and editorial board member Australian Art Education (AAE) peer reviewed academic journal.

Member of International Society for Education through Art (InSEA)

Research Interests

Visual arts education in primary and secondary schooling; children's art; the artistic process and its role in human development and learning; studies in visual literacy and visual culture studies.
Her doctoral research examined the capacity of visual arts pedagogy to act as a mediating element in the development of critical and creative thinking. Current research explores theories relating to aesthetics and cultural sociology in Art.

Publications

BOOKS
 
Hays, T., Hoermann, D. & Alter, F. (2011). Toucan You Can Sing and Play, Sydney: Dominie Books (33%).
 
BOOK CHAPTERS

Alter, F. (2012). Harnessing the power of visual communication to promote creative engagement and response amongst school students. In Art Forms and Visual Expressions (Chapter 4), Creative Engagements with Children (eBook), Jacobs, R. (Ed.), Oxford: The Inter-Disciplinary Press (100%)
 
REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
 
Alter, F. (2014). The challenges of e-learning: Teaching tertiary visual arts education in a purely on-line learning environment, Australia Art Education, 36 (1), pp. 45-62. (100%)

Foster, D., Hays, T. & Alter, F. (2013). Using pre-existing data in an inquiry guided by grounded theory methodology, Qualitative Research Journal, 13 (1), pp. 33-48. (33%)

Alter, F. (2011). Exploring visual arts pedagogies that support critical and creative thinking, Australian Art Education Journal, 34 (1), pp. 10-29. (100%)

Alter, F. (2010). Using the Visual Arts to Harness Creativity, UNESCO Observatory Refereed E-Journal, 1 (5), pp. 1-14. (100%)

Alter, F., Hays, T. & O'Hara, R. (2009). The challenges of implementing primary arts education: What our teachers say. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 34 (3), pp. 22-30. (34%)

Alter, F. (2009). Understanding the role of critical and creative thinking in Australian primary school visual arts education. International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal, 1 (1), pp. 1-12. (100%).

Alter, F., Hays, T. & O'Hara, R. (2009). Creative arts teaching and practice: Critical reflections of primary school teachers in Australia. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 10 (9), pp. 1-21. (33%)

Alter, F. (2009). Can images be texts? Visual literacy, culture and thinking in educational contexts, Australian Art Education, 32 (Special Edition), pp. 7-12. (100%)

NON-TRADITIONAL RESEARCH OUTPUT
Art Exhibitions:

Carried Away,  7 February - 16 March 2014, solo exhibition of drawings in the Dulce Lindsay Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), Kentucky Street, Armidale NSW 2350.

A Stone's Throw,  27 September – 26 October 2013, solo exhibition of paintings and drawings at Gallery 126, 126 Jessie Street, Armidale NSW 2350

CONFERENCE PAPERS (PEER REVIEWED)

Alter, F. Beyond the School Gate: A retrospective study involving past winners and finalists of the UNE Schools Acquisitive Art Prize (UNESAP). International Society for Education through Art 32nd World Congress Conference (InSEA). 7-11 July 2014, MCG, Melbourne, Australia.

Alter, F. Aesthetic transformations and the independent lives of artworks, 8th International Conference of the Arts in Society, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 24-26 June 2013.

Alter, F. Harnessing the power of visual communication to promote creative engagement and response amongst school students. 7th Global Conference Creative Engagements: Thinking with Children. 4-6 July 2011, Oxford, England.    

Alter, F. The challenges of e-learning: Teaching tertiary visual arts education in a purely on-line learning environment. International Society for Education through Art 31st World Congress, 25-30 June 2011, Budapest, Hungary.

Alter, F. Can Images Be Texts? Visual literacy, culture and thinking in educational context. Art Education Australia Research Symposium, November 2009, at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Alter, F. & Hays, T. Artists' life experience: A personal narrative, 2nd Australasian Narrative Inquiry Conference, July 2009, UNE, Australia.  

Alter, F. Changing arts learning environments to more effectively foster creativity and imagination. 31st World Congress for The International Society for Education through the Arts, August 2008, University House, Osaka, Japan.

Alter, F. Understanding the role of critical and creative thinking in Australian primary school visual arts education. International Conference for the Arts in Early Childhood, February 2007, UNE, Australia.

Alter, F. Critical and creative thinking in Australian schools visual arts programs. International Arts in Society Conference, August 2006, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Alter, F. Art Education in the 21st Century.  Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, October 2001, Melbourne, Australia.