Two major projects currently being led by Professor Georgina Barton include:
The LAB School Project (literacy, the arts, wellbeing)
The LAB school project aims to support students' literacy learning and wellbeing outcomes through quality arts-based learning activities that are informed by postive education, positive psychology and inclusive education practices.
We have trialled the project in several schools including regional and rural schools that experience a lack of resourcing. Please get in touch if interested in signing up to the project.
Results so far have shown:
- students' literacy learning outcomes improve as a result of participating in the LAB project
- students' wellbeing is measured through their participation
- teachers' feedback has been extremely positive and their wellbeing and willingness to implement the LAB school approaches increases.
The School of Self-care (SoS)
The School of Self-care focuses solely on teachers' wellbeing and mental health. We run professional development on wellbeing, implement strategies for teachers to improve their self-care and are currently recording a podcast for teachers.
results have shown that:
- teachers need quality strategies to practice self-care
- teachers are experiencing high incidences of poor mental health and self-care
- knowledge of wellbeing levels and self-care strategies greatly improves teachers' mental health
Again if interested, please get in touch.
Previous projects include:
1. The importance of aesthetic literacies for school and work
This project explores how aesthetic literacies are taught in schools and their importance for future employment. I have conducted a large scale survey with students and interviewed teachers, students and employers on the inclusion of aesthetic literacies in learning and teaching. I look forward to publishing this work for you.
2. Teaching multimodal texts in schools
This project was a collaboration with Brisbane Catholic Education that aimed to support teachers in teaching multimodal texts in their classrooms. It was wonderful working with teachers in three schools in years 4 and 6.
See here for a brief report:
3. International students, workplacement and wellbeing
Funded through the Office of Learning and Teaching, the WISP project explored international students' experiences of work placement (WiL, practicum etc). The focus was on employability literacies and interculturalisation. We also ran several workshops with international students during COVID lockdowns regarding their wellbeing.