TeachLab Leader, Local Research Partnerships
Associate Professor Marilyn Chaseling
Marilyn's research interests are in public education in Australia, but particularly in New South Wales. She is also interested in music education and the ways in which both curriculum and pedagogy have been approached over time in order to engage, stimulate and develop the potential of children and young people.
Her doctoral thesis, titled /Teaching Music in New South Wales Primary Schools: 1920—1956, /pointed to a number of key historical issues that usefully inform contemporary classroom practice, namely the contribution of music to the development of children as 'good citizens'; the importance of strong leadership for music in schools by employing conscientious, inspirational music educators who can champion and develop a love of music in both children and teachers; the important role of pre-service teacher education and professional development in improving the confidence, disciplinary knowledge and skills of generalist teachers in and for music education; a music syllabus that recognises the creative potential of children and young people; and teachers who are able to convey to their students an evident and shared respect for music.
Marilyn has strong links with the teaching profession and understands the nexus between school and university. For example, she is currently leading a team of Southern Cross University academics in the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement which, in 2016, was awarded the University’s Excellence in Engagement, Community Impact Award. Marilyn has co-led, for the sixth time, a study tour of NSW Department of Education Directors, principals, and teachers to Alberta, Canada schools.
Marilyn Chaseling has been appointed Leader, Teach Lab Local Research Partnerships. This role will work closely with the Leader of TeachLab Strategic Partnerships to actively forge and promote TeachLab research opportunities in local schools and other parts of the Education Community associated with SCU.