Kerry Thomas

Associate Professor
Casual Academic

Associate Professor Kerry Thomas lectures in the School of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW in the areas of Creativity and Giftedness, and Ethnographic Methodologies and Methods. Her research focuses on two projects. The first investigates creative practice in art, design and education as a function of practical and social reasoning in teacher-student exchanges. These studies are culturally siutated in the social, political and insitutional realities of art and design classrooms in secondary schools and university studios. The second investigates curriculum design in the Arts, with a special focus on the Visual Arts, including how knowledge and the creative object are theorised and made intelligible for teaching and learning.

Kerry has recently lead the development of core course content in the new Masters of Education Visual Arts in the School of Education, due to commence in 2015. She has also recently contributed chapters to and co-edited the International Handbook of Research on Creativity (Edward Elgar 2013) with Professor Janet Chan, Faculty of Law, UNSW. Recent articles have appeared in Studies in Art Education, the International Journal of Art and Design Education and Art Education Australia (iJADE). Kerry is also a regular reviewer for iIJADE.

Prior to her appointment in the School of Education, Kerry was a Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW where she had taught previously in the areas of visual arts education, curriculum and assessment, design issues, teacher development, creativity, and practices of research, and co-ordinated the Bachelor of Art Education and Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Art Education programs and the professional interniship program for final year students, Proior to these positions, Kerry was Inspector, Creative Arts NSW Board of Studies. Her role at the Board included responsibilities for state wide syllabus development in the Arts, in particular the Visual Arts, and the registration and accreditation of non-givernment schools. Kerry is recognised as a leading advocate for a non-reductive approach to the Arts in current Australian curriculum debates and a past Co-President of the NSW Visual Arts and Design Educators' Association (VADEA).

Publications

Books
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Thomas K; Chan J, (ed.), 2013, Handbook of Research on Creativity Introduction to the chapters, Elgar Original Reference, EDWARD ELGAR PUBLISHING LTD, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000333144000001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2013
Book Chapters
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Thomas KA; Brown NCM, 2017, 'Creativity as Collective Misrecognition in the Relationships Between Art Students and Their Teachers', in Bresler L (ed.), Studies in Philosophical Realism in Art, Design and Education, edn. Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 197 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42906-9
2017
Thomas KA; Brown NCM, 2017, 'Introduction to Philosophical Realism in Art, Design and Education', in Bresler L (ed.), Studies in Philosophical Realism in Art, Design and Education, edn. Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 3 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42906_1
2017
Thomas KA, 2015, 'Misrecognized collaboration by students and teachers in the creative making of art', in Bastos F; Zimmerman E (ed.), Connecting Creativity Research and Practice in Art Education: Foundations Pedagogies and Contemporary Issues., edn. 1, National Art Education Association, Reston, VA, pp. 116 - 122, https://members.arteducators.org/naeassa/ecssashop.show_product_detail?p_product_serno=732&p_mode=detail&p_cust_id=&p_session_serno=100820&p_trans_ty=&p_order_serno=200734&p_promo_cd=&p_price_cd=
2015
Thomas KA, 2013, 'The illusio of the creative life: Case studies of emerging artists', in Thomas K; Chan J (ed.), Handbook of Research on Creativity, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, pp. 364 - 380, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9780857939814.00037
2013
Thomas K; Chan J, 2013, 'Introduction to the chapters', in Thomas K; Chan J (ed.), Handbook of Research on Creativity, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9780857939814.00009
2013
Thomas KA, 2010, 'The Doctoral Journey: an initiation into the practice of research in art education', in Forrest D; Grierson E (ed.), The Doctoral Journey in Art Education: Reflections on doctoral studies by Australian and New Zealand art educators, edn. Original, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 249 - 267
2010
Conference Papers
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Thomas KA; Kiem M, 2010, 'Teaching as defuturing in design education', in CONNECTED International conference on Design at Sydney, CONNECTED2010 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, presented at CONNECTED2010 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 28 June 2010 - 01 July 2010, http://connected2010.eproceedings.com.au/papers/p208.pdf
2010
Thomas KA, 2010, 'Keeping up appearances: the sincere fiction of creative autonomy in art and design education', in CONNECTED International conference on Design at Sydney, ConnectEd 2010, UNSW, Sydney, presented at ConnectEd 2010, UNSW, Sydney, 28 June 2010 - 01 July 2010, http://connected2010.eproceedings.com.au/papers/p299.pdf
2010
Thomas KA, 2008, 'The clash of alternative meanings and ethical standpoints: Creativity in Art Education', in Fourth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Ethics evidence and social justice, 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois, USA, presented at Ethics evidence and social justice, 4th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illinois, USA, 14 May 2008 - 17 May 2008
2008
Thomas KA, 2008, 'Overcoming the practical dilemmas of teaching and learning creativity in art education', in InSEA WORLD Congress Program, Mind and Media & Heritage, 32nd InSEA WORLD Congress, Osaka, Japan, presented at Mind and Media & Heritage, 32nd InSEA WORLD Congress, Osaka, Japan, 05 August 2008 - 09 August 2008
2008
Thomas KA, 2007, 'Creativity as a Function of Open Secretiveness, Denial and Euphemisation in the Transactions between Art and Design Teachers and their students', in ConnecED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, University of New South Wales, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 July 2007 - 12 July 2007
2007
Thomas KA, 2007, 'Can creativity be taught and learned?', in Proceedings of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australiasia (PESA) 2007 Conference (Available via: www.pesa.org.au), Philosophy of Education Society of Australiasia (PESA) 2007 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, presented at Philosophy of Education Society of Australiasia (PESA) 2007 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 07 December 2007 - 09 December 2007
2007
Thomas KA, 2006, 'Creativity as a kind of inferential social reasoning in the transactions between art teachers and their art students in the final years of schooling', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, presented at AARE 2006: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference (AARE 2006), Adelaide, Sth Aust, 26 November 2006 - 30 November 2006
2006
Thomas KA, 2006, 'Creativity as a Misrecognised Investment in the Transactions Between Art Students and Their Art Teachers in the Final Years of Schooling', in ACUADS 2006 Conference Thinking the Future: Art, Design and Creativity, ACUADS 2006 Conference Thinking the Future: Art, Design and Creativity, Melbourne, presented at ACUADS 2006 Conference Thinking the Future: Art, Design and Creativity, Melbourne, 27 September 2006 - 29 September 2006
2006
Thomas KA, 2005, 'Creativity as Collective Misrecognition in the Relationship Between Art Students and Their Teachers', in InSEA 28th World Congress, InSEA 28th World Congress, Brisbane, Qld, presented at InSEA 28th World Congress, Brisbane, Qld
2005
Thomas KA, 2005, '`My inspiration`? The collective denial of the art teacher`s agency in the authoring of senior arts students` creative artworks', in NAEA convention 2005, NAEA convention 2005, Boston, Massachusetts, pp. . - ., presented at NAEA convention 2005, Boston, Massachusetts
2005
Thomas KA, 2005, 'A Misreprersentation of Practice For Art Education: The Draft NSW Teaching Standards and the VIrtuoso Art Teacher', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, presented at AARE 2004: Annual Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Melbourne, 01 December 2005 - 04 December 2005
2005
Thomas KA, 2005, 'Creativity as Symbolic Gift Exchange between a Visual Teacher and his Senior Students', in NAEA Convention 2001, NAEA Convention 2001, New York, pp. . - ., presented at NAEA Convention 2001, New York
2005
Thomas KA, 2005, '`My Inspiration?` Misrecognition as Cause of Creativity in the Authoring of Senior School Students` Artworks/SEC', in Ways Imagination and Meaning offers Purpose for the Learner, Ways Imagination and Meaning offers Purpose for the Learner, Boston, Massachusetts, pp. . - ., presented at Ways Imagination and Meaning offers Purpose for the Learner, Boston, Massachusetts, 04 March 2005 - 08 March 2005
2005
Thomas KA, 2005, 'Misrecognition of the Art Teacher`s Agency in the Artworks Made by Senior Art Students', in ACSA, ACSA, Adelaide, Sth Aust, pp. . - ., presented at ACSA, Adelaide, Sth Aust
2005
Thomas KA, 2003, 'Misrecognition of the art teacher`s agency in the artworks made by senior art students', in Conversations and Actions: Australian Curriculum Studies Biennial National Conference 2003, Australian Curriculum Studies Association Biennial Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, presented at Australian Curriculum Studies Association Biennial Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 28 September 2003 - 30 September 2003
2003
Thomas KA, 2002, 'Re-Imaging Traditions: Creativity as a Kind of Deception Between Visual Arts Teachers and Their Senior School Students', in InSEA 31st World Congress, InSEA 31st World Congress, New York, pp. 1 - 18, presented at InSEA 31st World Congress, New York, 19 August 2002 - 24 August 2002
2002
Thomas KA, 2002, 'Creativity as the Exchange of Symbolic Capital in the Transactions between an Art Teacher and his Senior Art Students', in Cowley T; Williamson J (ed.), AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, pp. 1 - 18, presented at AARE 2002: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference, Brisbane, Qld, 01 December 2002 - 05 December 2002
2002
Thomas KA, 2002, 'Creativity as the Exchange of Symbolic Capital in the Transactions between an Art Teacher and his Senior Art Students', in Cowley T; Williamson J (ed.), AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, pp. . - ., presented at AARE 2002: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference, Brisbane, Qld, 01 December 2002 - 05 December 2002
2002
Thomas KA, 2002, 'Reimagining traditions: Creativity as a kind of deception between visual arts teachers and their senior school students', in InSEA 30th World Congress, InSEA 31st World Congress, New York, presented at InSEA 31st World Congress, New York, 19 August 2002 - 24 August 2002
2002
Thomas KA, 2001, 'Creativity as Symbolic Gift Exchange between a Visual Arts Teacher and his Senior Students', in Cowley T; Williamson J (ed.), AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, pp. . - ., presented at AARE 2005: Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference, Fremantle, WA, 27 November 2001 - 02 December 2001
2001
Thomas KA, 2001, 'Creativity as Symbolic Gift Exchange Between a Visual Arts Teacer and his Senior School Students THO01195', in AARE Conference Papers - Electronic, AARE, Victoria, presented at AARE 2001: Crossing Borders: New Frontiers for Educational Research, Fremantle, WA, 02 December 2001 - 06 December 2001
2001
Brown NC; Thomas KA, 2000, 'Creativity as Collective Misrecognition in the Relationships Between Art Students and Their Teachers', in Cultures and Transitions, Cultures and Transitions, presented at Cultures and Transitions
2000
Conference Proceedings (Editor of)
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Thomas KA, (ed.), 2005, 'Designs on Education', Sydney, presented at Designs on Education, Sydney, 05 November 2005
2005
Creative Written Works
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McDonald GR; Snepvangers KL; Thomas KA, 2005, ARTEXPRESS@COFA, ARTEXPRESS@COFA
2005
Curatorial Outputs
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Snepvangers KL; Johnson J; McDonald GR; Davies A; Thomas KA, 2006, ARTEXPRESS@COFA 2005, exhibited at: , ARTEXPRESS@COFA 2005
2006
Journal articles
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Thomas K, 2017, 'Creative performances and gifted education: Studies from art education', Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, vol. 26, pp. 5 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.21505/ajge.2017.0012
2017
Thomas KA, 2014, 'How is the domain of the visual arts represented in years 7-10 in state curriculum frameworks in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales?', Australian Art Education, vol. 36, pp. 12 - 25, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=706031730550322;res=IELHSS
2014
Thomas K; Chan J, 2013, 'Negotiating the paradox of creative autonomy in the making of artists', Studies in Art Education, vol. 54, pp. 260 - 272, http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=vth&AN=87493420&site=ehost-live
2013
Thomas KA; Profilio K, 2012, 'Smoke and mirrors: Beyond a naturalistic explanation of experimentation in art education', Studies in Material Thinking, vol. 8, http://www.materialthinking.org/
2012
Thomas KA, 2011, 'How should the creative object be represented in the visual arts in the Australian Curriculum?', Australian Art Education, vol. 32
2011
Thomas KA, 2010, 'What is the relationship between social tact, teacher-pupil exchange and creativity? A reconceptualisation of functional causes of creativity in artmaking', International Journal of Art and Design Education, vol. 29, pp. 134 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-8070.2010.01645.x
2010
Thomas KA, 2010, 'The misconstrual of creative practice in The Arts: Initial Advice Paper', Australian Art Education
2010
Thomas KA, 2009, 'Creativity in Artmaking as a Function of Misrecognition in Teacher - Student Relations in the Final Year of Schooling', Studies in Art Education, vol. 51, pp. 64 - 76
2009
Thomas KA, 2009, 'How should the creative object be represented in the Visual Arts in the Australian Curriculum?', Australian Art Education, vol. Vol. 32, Special Edition, pp. 1 - 11
2009
Thomas KA, 2008, 'Ambiguity as a hallmark of pedagogical exchanges between art teachers and students in the making of creative artworks', Australian Art Education, vol. 31
2008