Dr Margaret L. Brooks

Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Education - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Education

Margaret L. Brooks

Phone: +61 2 6773 2654

Email: mbrooks3@une.edu.au


Margaret is a member of the Early Childhood Education team within the School of Education.


PhD University of Alberta, 2002. An Interdisciplinary degree between Departments of Art and Design and Elementary Education.

PhD thesis, 'Drawing to Learn'.

Teaching Areas



I supervise both PhD and Masters students. Some recent successful completions:

  • Young Children's Art Experiences: A Visual Ethnographic Study with Four Children in their Homes, Preschool and Schools.
  • Childhood Today Explored Through Notions of Being and Time.

Research Interests

My research explores the ways young children use drawing as a tool for learning. My research methodology is visual ethnography. I practice arts based research through my studio work and exhibitions.


Art Exhibitions

Subak with Art Festival

Tabanan, Bali, January 2012

Link to Subak Art.

Click for the video (Vimeo).


New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, March 2012


New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, March-April 2012


The Muse, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney, August 2012

Special projects


Art in Early Childhood

Editor-in-Chief — International Art in Early Childhood Research Journal

Director — International Association for Art in Early Childhood

Artist in residence

Art in Early Childhood

Draw International.

In July, 2010, I was an artist in residence at DRAW international. I was interested in exploring the notion of drawing as research. I used drawing and installation to explore the medieval grain measures in the villages of southern France.

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Art in Early Childhood

The opening of the ARTplay project exhibition with preschool children at NERAM.

This was a collaborative project between NERAM, Margaret Brooks, Christine McMillan and St Peters Preschool, funded by the Ian Potter Foundation. The project will be displayed on the NERAM website in late 2013.


Early Childhood Australia, Member
International Art in Early Childhood Association, Chair