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Geraldine is an artist, researcher, teacher-educator lecturing into visual, studio and creative arts education at Monash University (Melbourne and Singapore).

She is passionate about arts-based educational research and how it can be explored through creative pedagogies. Her research engages with artistic practice, pedagogy and community projects. She has an enduring interest in how local knowledge, place and immersive a/r/t (art, research, and teaching) develop across schools and community groups. Her Masters in Art and Design was by exhibition and exegesis and her Ph.D. (by photo-book and exegesis) explored immersive art pedagogy.

Community service

Arts Reach

Geraldine is a keen advocate of Art/s Reach which is an activity that has arisen from her research activities. Art/s Reach forms creative connections between Monash Faculty of Education and the community. Through Art/s Reach Monash University's pre-service teachers in Primary and Early Childhood work with children from local Schools and Early Learning Centres to provide innovative art/s experiences. This activity has been running for over ten years.

Community service through arts based projects

Following initial involvement in 2014, Geraldine ran whole-school Art and Sustainability sessions with Trentham and Tylden Primary schools for Spudfest, 2015. This saw the school children take an immersive and community based approach to the agri/cultural heritage of their town - where they explored the importance of the potato to the towns' history and ongoing living agri/culture.

Intergenerational arts reach

Geraldine is currently involving University of the third age participants in some of her teaching units. These Arts Reach CAFE experiences are currently being researched with Dr Clare Hall, as a means to explore the merits of intergenerational arts pedagogy.

Research interests

  • Immersive art pedagogy
  • Place based art and environment experiences
  • Art/s projects
  • a/r/tography and arts based research
  • Art in Early childhood, Primary and community contexts
  • Art REACH - connecting communities through the arts

Monash teaching commitment

  • EDF3022
  • EDF3181
  • EDF3182
  • EDF5034
  • EDF1324
  • EDF4327

Research area keywords

  • Immersive Art Pedagogy
  • Art Reach
  • A/R/Tography
  • Art and Environment
  • Art Education
  • Arts-Based Research
  • Primary art education

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 1997 2019

The invisible hand: Designing curriculum in the afterward

McKnight, L. J., Rousell, D., Charteris, J., Thomas, K. & Burke, G., 9 Aug 2017, In : International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 30, 7, p. 635-655 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A-ha! Animal Habitat Art: Creating Connections In, About, and Through Art and Nature

Burke, G., 2016, Education in Times of Environmental Crises: Teaching Children to Be Agents of Change. Winograd, K. (ed.). New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 65 - 78 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

What's there, what if, what then, and what can we do? An immersive and embodied experience of environment and place through children's literature

Cutter-Mackenzie, A., Gutierrez, K. (ed.), Burke, G. & Larson, J. (ed.), 2011, p. 1 - 1. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

Intergenerational understandings of personal, social and community assets for health

O'Connor, J. P., Alfrey, L., Hall, C. & Burke, G., May 2019, In : Health and Place. 57, p. 218-227 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Touching uncertainty with arts-based research

Burke, G., 6 Jun 2019. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperOther

Open Access

Activities 2015 2019

  • 4 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 4 Consultancy
  • 1 Contribution to conference

Art/Community/Environment (ACE): Our Waste/Our Place/Our Actions

Geraldine Burke (Organiser)
27 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Regional Early Childhood Education and Care in the Pacific Talanoa Symposium

Geraldine Burke (Speaker), Kelesi Whippy (Speaker)
25 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Peer learning Seminar series, Monash Libraries

Geraldine Burke (Organiser)
9 Feb 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Education Seminar Series Presentation

Geraldine Burke (Organiser), Clare Hall (Organiser)
29 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

New York University (External organisation)

Geraldine Burke (Advisor)
Aug 2016

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy

Press / Media

The Ageing Population - A Different Lens

Geraldine Burke


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment