Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley

Associate Professor in Music Education

Dr Jennifer Rowley is a Senior Lecturer in Music Education with special interests in the areas of gifted education; adolescent development; learning and teaching; identity development and eLearning. Jennifer currently lectures in pedagogy and curriculum; child and adolescent development; behaviour management and social and professional issues for teachers. She is committed to teachers’ professional learning and how individual cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural needs of all learners can be met in a diverse range of educational settings.

Herspecialisations are gifted education; social, professional and identity issues for teachers (concerns of beginning teachers, graduate teacher professional standards, behaviour management, cultural diversity in [...]

Dr Jennifer Rowley is a Senior Lecturer in Music Education with special interests in the areas of gifted education; adolescent development; learning and teaching; identity development and eLearning. Jennifer currently lectures in pedagogy and curriculum; child and adolescent development; behaviour management and social and professional issues for teachers. She is committed to teachers’ professional learning and how individual cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural needs of all learners can be met in a diverse range of educational settings.

Herspecialisations are gifted education; social, professional and identity issues for teachers (concerns of beginning teachers, graduate teacher professional standards, behaviour management, cultural diversity in schools, social justice and equity); secondary and tertiary Teaching and Learning; eLearning (its design and use for enhancing teaching and learning); and the use of ePortfolio for enhancing student learning. Ensuring trainee teachers understand the changing nature of the student population (including cultural diversity in schools) is one of her passions. Jennifer welcomes opportunities to work within schools and tertiary education to improve teaching and learning for students and teachers.

Jennifer is Project Leader for an Australian Federal Government funded OLT (Office of Learning and Teaching) research project investigating ePortfolios for Arts students in Australian Universities. The $220,000 grant focuses on the development of templates for Arts students to enable the documenting of skills and competencies acquired during their Tertiary Arts training. Jennifer has been involved in a number of research projects since her tenure commenced in December 2008. Her current ePortfolio research aims to learn about effective ways to support the development of reflective learning and practice for both students and academics. Of particular interest is the way that identity formation contributes to the documenting of student learning, professional practice and research. She is beginning a new project with Sydney eLearning to develop a framework for ePortfolio construction for students enrolled in the Internship program at the Con. She is also academic in charge of a Humanities and Social Sciences cluster eLearning project evaluating the learning spaces use by academics and students at the University. She recently worked on a project to design curriculum to support students’ use of ePortfolio so that Music education students could document their learning story. Jennifer is consistently engaged in ensuring curriculum embraces aspects of self-reflection so that leaners develop a holistic view of their learning.

Jennifer’s research grants include team membership of two large ($50,000) University of Sydney Teaching & Leaning grants: ePortfolios for music education students, and The alignment of professional standards with curriculum practices. She has been chief investigator on two University of Sydney Teaching and Learning grants ($8,000 x 2): The expectations of beginning music teachers andShifting identities: musician to music teacher. Research-enhanced learning and teaching inform her research and teaching practice. Jennifer presents at national and international conferences and publishes on the use of new technologies.

Jennifer’s PhD research focused on teacher effectiveness in the teaching of Gifted children by examining cohorts of trained, trainee and untrained teachers of gifted students in NSW and ACT schools. She designed, developed and trialled a Train the Trainer program so that schools could provide effective professional development for teachers of the Gifted.

Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education with majors in English and French and worked as a secondary school teacher in schools from 1987. She completed a Master in Education degree with a research project investigating comparative educations in Japan and Australia. Jennifer has taught in all school systems in NSW (government, non-government and Catholic) and she has also taught in France, England and Japan. These experiences have led to an interest in teaching and research concerning how children learn and the provisions for children with special needs.

Jennifer worked for a number of years in both government and independent schools as an English and French teacher before working in Higher Education as a part-time tutor at the University of New South Wales from 1999 -2006. At the same time, she was employed by the University of Wollongong as a casual teacher education lecturer and tutor from 2003-2006 working with Maths and Science students training to be secondary school teachers in pedagogy, child development and special education. She completed her PhD studies at the University of New South Wales in 2003 and started part-time at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006. Her full-time tenure commenced in December 2008.

Jennifer supervises both undergraduate honours and post-graduate higher degree research students. Areas of recent supervision include:
· Musical education of academically gifted and talented students
· Selection criteria for students entering specialist music schools
· The impact of music therapy on social behaviours of children with Autism
· The implementation of music curriculum in schools for specific purposes
· Assessment practices for Year 10 Music Students in NSW schools
· Pathways for musical theatre students for professional practice
· The impact of choral repertoire for Secondary Music Ensembles
· Beginner piano teaching methodology: aural/oral perception versus notation learning
Jennifer has a broad and varied teaching experience and has also given professional development presentations in gifted education and train the trainer. She has developed strong links with the community through he widening participation grants and works closely in partnership with schools in the University’s COMPASS program. Jennifer received aFaculty Teaching Awardin 2007 and a number of internal faculty and University grants from 2006- 2013 that have contributed to various presentations and publications.

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Areas of Study

Music Education

Phone

+61 2 9351 1328

Location

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music