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Michael Anderson

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean
  • University of Sydney Physical Activity Nutrition and Obesity Research Group
  • 14PublicationsNumber of items in Michael's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 9Followers


Dr Michael Anderson is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Strtegic Communications in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. His research and teaching concentrates on how arts educators begin, evolve and achieve growth in their careers and how students engage with arts and technology to learn and create in arts education. This work has evolved into a program of research and publication that engages with arts classrooms directly. His recent publications explore how aesthetic education is changing in the 21st Century. These publications include Teaching the Screen, Film Education for Generation Next (with Miranda Jefferson), Drama with Digital Technology (with John Carroll and David Cameron, Continuum, 2009) and Real Players: Drama, Education and Technology (with John Carroll and David Cameron Trentham, 2006). The research reported in these books uncovers innovative linkages between drama education and theatre for young people that could significantly improve learning outcomes for students in the arts. Michael was a drama a teacher and Creative Arts Consultant with the NSW DET and holds senior positions in drama curriculum development and assessment with the NSW Board of Studies. Currently Michael is Chief Investigator in two Australian Research Council major Grants, Theatrespace (2007-2011) and The Role of Arts Education in Academic Motivation, Engagement, and Achievement 2009-2011. TheatreSpace (also known as Accessing the Cultural Conversation brings together Chief Investigators from Melbourne, Sydney and Griffith Universities and a wide number of industry partners, including the The Australia Council, The Sydney Opera House, Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company, QPAC, Victorian Arts centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Arts NSW, Arena Theatre, Malthouse and Arts Victoria. Michael is a regular contributor to the electronic and print media on education, popular culture and technology. Michael runs workshops on how academics can get their message out in diverse forms of media. He is currently developing books on drama teaching for future generations for Continuum Publishing (UK) that will report on his current research.

Recent publications

  • Connecting the silos: Developing arts rich education

    • Anderson, M and Gibson R
  • Beginning secondary drama and English teaching


Professional experience

Associate Dean

The University of Sydney

February 2003 - Present


Graduate Certificate of Education (Higher Education) with Merit

The University of Sydney

January 2006 - December 2006(a year)

Doctor of Philosophy

The University of Sydney

March 2000 - March 2003(3 years)

Master of Arts (Hons)

The University of Wollongong

March 1995 - March 1998(3 years)

Diploma of Education

University of Tasmania

January 1992 - December 1992(a year)

Bachelor of Arts

Macquarie University

January 1987 - December 1991(5 years)

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