Mary-Rose is a senior lecturer in Education with specific interests in creativity and arts education, as well as pedagogy and curriculum.
Her research includes:
- Shakespeare’s sources and effective ways to teach Shakespeare
- pre-service teachers’ experiences of, and effective uses of, the arts in teaching
- integrated learning, particularly in secondary schools
- arts-based research methodologies.
She is also a theatre practitioner and playwright.
McLaren, Mary-Rose, London Chronicles in the fifteenth century. A Revolution in English Writing, Cambridge, 2002
McLaren, Mary-Rose (2014). “Searching and Searching Again. Finding Meaning through Arts-based Education” to be published in Qualitative Research Journal, November 2014.
McLaren, Mary-Rose (2013). “‘We know what we are, but not what we might be’ (Hamlet IV, 5). Teaching Shakespeare to pre service teachers” in Teaching Shakespeare beyond the centre : Australasian perspectives. Edited by Kate Flaherty, Penny Gay and L.E. Semler, Palgrave Macmillan.
McLaren, Mary-Rose (2013). “Owning History: Building Historical Understanding through Creative Engagement”, in Curriculum Perspectives vol 33, no. 1
McLaren, Mary-Rose (2012). “The Conscientious Scholar: Balancing the roles of researcher, Playwright and Daughter” in Vicar, M, McKenna, T and J White (eds.) Discourse Power and Resistance Down Under, Sense Publishers.
McLaren, Mary-Rose (2012). “Arts Education: Just Like a Day at the Beach”, in Creative Approaches to Research vol 6, no. 1
2013: Writer, Director, One Boy’s War, Ballarat National Theatre
2013: Writer, Director, An Act of Kindness, Ballarat National Theatre
2013: Director, Just Macbeth, Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts junior and intermediate Drama groups
2010: Culture Shack planning and organization for implementation in 2011
2010: Director, Seussical, BLOC Musical Theatre juniors production (Ballarat)
- AEB2251 Imagination, Creativity and Design
- AEB3301 Inquiry into Adolescent Teaching and Learning
- AEB3302 Critical Practices for Teachers in Secondary Schools
- AEB3304 Drama and Dance Pedagogy and Practice for Secondary Students
Course coordinator: Bachelor of Education, Year three
Unit coordinator: AEB2251 Imagination, Creativity and Design (with Ligia Pelosi)
Victoria University Teaching and Learning Grant (2011) $80,000 (Culture Shack)
- Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association
- Chair, Speech and Drama discipline committee, Royal South Street Competitions
- Adjudicator, Warrnambool eisteddfod (2008, 2009)
- Adjudicator, Burnie eisteddfod (2014)
- Adjudicator, Plain English Speaking Award (VCAA), 2009 – 2014)
- Director, actor with Ballarat National Theatre
- Teacher community classes, Ballarat
- Member, Mary Ward Committee (distributes grants to women theologians)
Appearances in the media
Review: One Boy's War, The Ballarat Courier, April 2013
Areas of expertise
- Arts education
- Arts-based methodologies
- Fifteenth century literature and earliest literacy in English
- Integrated learning
- Playwrighting and theatre practice
- Pre-service teacher experiences of the arts
- Shakespeare’s sources
- Teaching Shakespeare