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).