Dr Elisabeth Betlem

Lecturer, Professional Classroom Practice - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Education

Elisabeth Betlem

Phone: +61 2 6773 3975

Email: elisabeth.betlem@une.edu.au


I am a member of the Learning and Teaching Team, teaching Professional Classroom Practice in the School of Education. I work with both undergraduate and postgraduate students. My philosophy of teaching is based on social cultural learning theory.

Previously a visual arts educator I combine my teaching, research and art-making practices to develop a research profile around mentoring. My current research with colleagues involves the design and implementation of a contextualized professional learning model for mentors at regional schools in NSW. The project is designed to examine teacher capacity for mentoring, within a culture of inquiry using participatory action research and supported by academic partners.

My areas of research interest and expertise include mentoring, contextualised professional development, reflective practice, pre-service teachers’ professional experience, use of visual tools in education of others and critical friends.

In the past I explored the nexus between curriculum development and behaviour management through the use of art as an intervention mechanism to teach social skills.

As a practicing artist my artistic practice includes digital photography, drawing and collaged images. Mediums such as watercolour, pencil, charcoal and pastels are often combined to create textural collaged images. My subject matter includes life drawing, landscapes and subjective abstract images as emotive representations of my lived experiences.


Bachelor of Education (Art) (1980) Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education
Master of Art Education (1995) University of New South Wales
Doctor of Education (2014) University of New England

Teaching Areas

EDUC 104 Introduction to Professional Practice
EDUC 404 Professional Classroom Practice
EDUC 105 Foundations of Professional Classroom Practice

Research Interests


Betlem, E. (2001). Assessing bullying behaviour of school students through the use of art. Paper presented at the Australian Association of Research in Education.

Betlem, E. C. (2014). I see images (A collection of artworks including, photographs, video, drawings and collaged images that reify my growing understanding, ongoing learning and identity development as a critical friend.). University of New England: http://e-publications.une.edu.au/1959.11/17950.

Betlem, E. C. (2014). Insights into a critical friend practice: Closing reflections is a digital presentation of eleven abstract collaged images. University of New England: http://e-publications.une.edu.au/1959.11/17951.

Betlem, E., & Bolitho, R. (2002). Art as an intervention mechanism to teach social skills to lower secondary school age children. Paper presented at the Australia Association for Research in Education. http://www.aare.edu.au/publications-database.php?year=2002&author=Betlem&type=&keyword=&submitted=Find+Publication#wrapper

Reyes, V., Masters, Y., Clary, D., Betlem, E. C., Jones, M. A., Charteris, J., . . . Sigauke, A. (2016). Writing for publication group: professional development situated in the interstices of academia and performativity. Reflective Practice, 17(4), 444-455. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2016.1169170

Unpublished work

Betlem, E. C. (2014). Mentoring Teachers with a Critical friend: Transforming Professional Development through Visual Tools (Doctor of Education Portfolio), University of New England. Retrieved from http://e-publications.une.edu.au/1959.11/18116

Betlem, E. C. (2014). "Communities of practice - A social theory of learning developed by Etienne Wenger" an animated description, from https://vimeo.com/147401136

Betlem, E. C. (2015). Grab Bag - a collection of reflective tools Non Traditional Research Output, from https://blog.une.edu.au/elisabethbetlemresearch/

Consultancy Interests

Professional development for teachers requiring accreditation.
External assessor for the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW