Doctor Rachael Jacobs

Doctor Rachael Jacobs

Teaching Focused Role - Academic (lecturer) (primary Creative Arts),
Primary Education (soe)


Dr Rachael Jacobs is a lecturer in Creative Arts Education at Western Sydney University. She is a former secondary teacher (Dance, Drama and Music) and primary Arts specialist. Rachael has made advances in educational research in the arts. In 2014 she completed her PhD on the assessment of drama performances senior secondary schools around Australia. She has been researching and consulting in the area of assessment ever since. In 2013 Rachael released her first textbook, addressing arts education in the Australian Curriculum. She is the current Director of Research for Drama Australia. Rachael is a community activist, a freelance writer, practicing dancer and choreographer. She is also an organising committee member of the community group, Teachers for Refugees and runs her own intercultural dance company.  

This information has been contributed by Doctor Jacobs.


  • Phd University of Western Sydney
  • MEd University of Southern Queensland
  • BEd University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Drama Australia - Director of Research (2017 - 2017)
  • Ausdance (2017)
  • Drama NSW (2017)
  • AARE (2004)


  • Assessment
  • Creative Arts Education
  • Drama Education
  • Initial Teacher Education

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Primary Education (soe)


Phone: (02) 9772 6630
Location: 4.1.16

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 101585 Primary Creative Arts
  • 102091 Secondary Curriculum 2B



  • Jacobs, R. (2013), 'Nice Arts!', : Pearson 9781486010899.

Journal Articles

  • Jacobs, R. (2016), 'Using scripts and stories : illustrating the influences on drama performance assessment ', NJ: Drama Australia Journal, vol 40, no 1 , pp 53 - 65.
  • Jacobs, R. (2016), 'Challenges of drama performance assessment', Drama Research, vol 7, no 1 .
  • Jacobs, R. (2012), 'Assessing the aesthetic : narratives from drama education', Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, vol 6, no 1 , pp 74 - 93.
  • Jacobs, R. (2012), 'Curator and critic : role of the assessor in aesthetic fields', Higher Education Studies, vol 2, no 4 , pp 114 - 125.
  • Jacobs, R. (2011), 'Aesthetic development in higher education : an interdisciplinary dialogue', Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, vol 6, no 3 , pp 232 - 248.
  • Jacobs, R. (2010), 'Performance footprints across Australia : assessment in senior secondary drama', NJ: Drama Australia Journal, vol 33, no 2 , pp 45 - 55.
  • Jacobs, R. (2009), 'Measuring aesthetic development : a national dialogue', Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, vol 3, no 1 , pp 68 - 85.
  • Jacobs, R. (2008), 'When do we do the Macarena? : habitus and arts learning in primary pre-service education courses', International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, vol 4, no 5 , pp 58 - 73.

Conference Papers

  • Jacobs, R. (2011), '"How about an creative revolution?" : teachers' experiences of the decline of arts education in the education revolution', Global Conference on Creative Engagements, Oxford, England.
  • Jacobs, R. (2011), 'Aesthetic development in higher education : an interdisciplinary dialogue', International Conference on Education in a Changing Environment, Salford, U.K..
  • Geiger, V., Jacobs, R., Lamb, J. and Mulholland, J. (2009), 'An approach to student-lecturer collaboration in the design of assessment criteria and standards schemes', ATN Assessment Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Jacobs, R. (2009), 'Breaking the surface in arts education', ISATT Conference, Rovaniemi, Finland.
  • Jacobs, R. (2008), 'When do we do the Macarena? : exploring perceptions of the arts within primary education courses ', World Dance Alliance Global Summit, Brisbane, Qld..

Research interests:

  • Assessment
  • Creative Arts Education (Dance, Drama and Music)
  • Creativity in Education
  • Assessment in the Arts
  • Pre-service teacher education

This information has been contributed by Doctor Jacobs.

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