Doctor Eva Vass

Doctor Eva Vass

Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy & Learning Design with Educational Sociology or Educational Psychology,
Primary Education



  • PhD The Open University
  • MPh University of Cambridge (UK)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Primary Education


Phone: (02) 9772 6344
Location: 4.1.17

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101587 Teaching in New Times, 2014
  • 102075 Researching and Developing Engaging Pedagogies, 2015
  • 102076 Teaching and Learning in Classrooms, 2014



  • Sawyer, W., Munns, G., Zammit, K., Attard, C., Vass, E. and Hatton, C. (2018), 'Engaging Schooling: Developing Exemplary Education for Students in Poverty', : Routledge 9781138673519.

Chapters in Books

  • Vass, E. and Deszpot, G. (2018), 'A teljes figyelem es a flow-elmeny a gyermekeknel a Kokas-pedagogiaban', A Zenepedagogia Multja, Jelene es Jovoje: tanulmanykotet a felsofoku zenetanarkepzes 50 eves evforduloja alkalmabol rendezett konferencia eloadasaibol = The Past, Present and Future of Music Education: A Volume of Lectures at a Conference on the 50th Anniversary of Advanced Music Teacher Training, Debrecen University Press 9789633187647.

Journal Articles

  • Vass, E. and Rayner, A. (2022), '[In Press] Resurgence from crisis through awareness of natural inclusion', Human Arenas, .
  • Vass, E. (2019), 'Musical co-creativity and learning in the Kokas pedagogy : polyphony of movement and imagination', Thinking Skills and Creativity, vol 31 , pp 179 - 197.
  • Vass, E. (2018), 'Musical co-creativity and learning : the fluid body language of receptive-responsive dialogue', Human Arenas, vol 1, no 1 , pp 56 - 78.
  • Vass, E. and Deszpot, G. (2017), 'Introducing experience-centred approaches in music teacher education : opportunities for pedagogic metamorphosis', Thinking Skills and Creativity, vol 23 , pp 1 - 16.
  • Vass, E. and Deszpot, G. (2015), 'Opportunities for creative transformations in the Kokas pedagogy', Changing Face of Music and Art Education, vol 7, no 2 .
  • Vass, E., Littleton, K., Jones, A. and Miell, D. (2014), 'The affectively constituted dimensions of creative interthinking', International Journal of Educational Research, vol 66 , pp 63 - 77.
  • Aguirre-Bielschowsky, I., Freeman, C. and Vass, E. (2012), 'Influences on children's environmental cognition : a comparative analysis of New Zealand and Mexico', Environmental Education Research, vol 18, no 1 , pp 91 - 115.

Other Publications

  • 2022, 'Poetry in Action: Understanding Experiences, Perceptions, and Impacts of PIA in Secondary Schools: Research Report. Part 1, Artists', Report
  • 2022, 'Poetry in Action: Understanding Experiences, Perceptions, and Impacts of PIA in Secondary Schools: Research Report. Part 2, Schools', Report

My key research interests include:

  • Creative teaching and learning,
  • Dialogic Classrooms,
  • Embodiment,
  • Alternative Music Pedagogies,
  • Technology enhanced teaching and learning,
  • Teacher Professional Development and Action Research

My research is framed by socio-cultural theorizing, exploring how the social and cultural contexts of children’s lives mediate their learning and development. I developed extensive knowledge in the field of educational research in general, with specific expertise in observational research. I have a special interest in researching collaborative learning, creative teaching and learning and the mediational role of new technologies in learning. I have interest in social ecology and environmental education as well.

My current work concerns children’s creative development. My aim is to investigate the links between bodily, affect-based experiences, imagination and connectedness. In collaboration with the Agape Foundation and the Kodaly Zoltan Institute in Hungary, I am exploring the ways in which musical experiences – such as free movement improvisations to music – facilitate empathy, other-orientation, and collective creativity (keywords: creativity and imagination, embodied learning, affect and learning, collaborative creativity).

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Previous Projects

Title: Understanding experiences perceptions and impacts of Poetry In Action in schools
  • Poetry in Action Incorporated
Western Researchers: Susanne Gannon and Eva Vass
Years: 2021-11-01 - 2022-07-31
ID: P00027585


Doctor Vass is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: How are Ideas and Practices of Creativity in the Australian Curriculum Understood by 'Exemplary' Primary School Teachers in NSW Public Schools?
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The scaffolding of group work in teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in Indonesian primary classrooms
Field of Research: Teacher Education: Primary; English As A Second Language Teaching; English Language
Thesis Title: Evaluation of the Degree of Possession of Postgraduate Students in the Faculties of Education for the Skills of Creative Thinking in the Educational Research in the Jordanian Universities
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Studying and teaching abroad: Volunteer Chinese language teachers? intercultural development in Australia
Field of Research:

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