Dr Rohan Nethsinghe
Assistant Professor - Creative Arts
Deputy Academic Program Director (Primary)
T: +61 2 62015892
L: Building 6 Room D29
Laureate of international Jazz music festivals and competitions, Dr Rohan Nethsinghe is an Assistant Professor in Creative Arts Education. Rohan has more than twenty five years of performing, teaching and researching experience in international contexts and has worked as a teacher in Australian schools (p-12) and in higher education sector (Technical and Further Education institutions and Universities). As a phenomenologist Rohan publishes in scholarly journals and presents his research nationally and internationally in the areas of Creative Arts Education, STEAM, Music Education, Arts Education and Higher Education. His research in Multicultural Music Education has contributed to the enhancement of the scholarship in teaching and learning and Rohan has won prestigious awards for his research in teacher education. Rohan is interested in understanding how Arts Education contributes to human development and the effects of applied/authentic learning (WIL).
- Creative Arts Education
- Arts Integration and Integration of Arts
- STEAM Education
- Music Education and Multicultural Music Education
- Effective knowledge transmission strategies
- Sustaining and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage/traditions
- Applied learning
- Informal, lifelong and community learning
- Global Work Integrated Learning (International Teaching Placements)
- Finalist of the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Research Inspired Teaching, 2019
- Nominated and shortlisted for University of Canberra Professional Awards in Innovation and Creativity category, 2019
- Nominated for Patrick J. Moreo Global Education Leadership Award, Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI), 2018
- Global Intensive Leader (GIL) Mobility Grant, RMIT Global Experience Office, 2017
- Career Development Fellowship, School of Education, 2016
- International Travel Fellowship, School of Education, RMIT, 2015
- Research Publications Development Grant, School of Education, RMIT, 2015
- Selected to represent RMIT at the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership, Senior Leadership Seminar, Hong Kong, 2015
- International Travel Fellowship, School of Education, RMIT, 2014
- Selected to represent the RMIT at The Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership Leadership Institute, 2014, Taiwan
- Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research, Monash University, 2012
- Monash University Postgraduate Publication Award (PPA), 2012
- Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) Travel Grant, 2012
- Skills Victoria Funded Scholarship for studies in VET, the TAFE Development Centre, 2012
- Monash Research Graduate School (MRGS), Postgraduate Travel Grant, 2012
- Monash University Faculty of Education, Postgraduate Travel Grant, 2012
- Travel Scholarship to UAE provided by The Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, in conjunction with the Universities of Victoria, 2011
- Australia Post Graduate Award (APA), 2010–2012
- Monash University Vice-Chancellors’ Honours – PhD Scholarship, 2009–2012
As the project leader from RMIT University received $297,000.
New Colombo Plan, Mobility Program Funding provided by the Australian Government (the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Education and Training) for a series of teaching practicums titled Peer Alliance for Productive Professional Experience in Teaching (2017-2020), a consortium with La Trobe University hosted by the Christ University, Bangalore, India.
Global Intensive Leader (GIL) mobility grant provided by the RMIT Global Experience Office (GEO), $5000 awarded for the Cross Cultural Teaching and Learning placement project in Nepal, April 2017.
As the project leader received $33,000 (from NCP, 2017).
New Colombo Plan (NCP), Mobility Program Funding provided by the Australian Government (the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Education and Training) for a teaching practicums titled Vietnam international Teaching Experience (2017-2018), organised with the RMIT Vietnam.
- Joseph, D., Nethsinghe, R. & Cabedo-Mas, A. ( 2019) “We learnt lots in a short time”: Cultural exchange across three universities through songs from different lands. International Journal of Music Education, p. 1-17 17 p.
- Southcott, J.,Nethsinghe, R. (2019). Resilient senior Russian-Australian voices: "We live to sing and sing to live" In: Applied Research in Quality of Life, 8, 1 - 20
- NETHSINGHE, R., (2018), Introducing the Continually Adjustable Transmission (CAT): Developing pre-service generalist primary teachers' confidence in teaching music using a variety of music transmission methods. Victorian Journal of Music Education. 2017-2018, p. 17-26 10 p.
- Joseph, D.,Nethsinghe, N.,Cabedo-Mas, A. (2018). Creating multicultural music opportunities in teacher education: Sharing diversity through songs In: Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 43, 31 - 47
- Cabedo-Mas, A.,Nethsinghe, N.,Forrest, D. (2017). The role of the arts in education for peacebuilding, diversity and intercultural understanding: A comparative study of educational policies in Australia and Spain In: International Journal of Education and the Arts, Volume 18 Number 11, 18, 1 - 27
- Nethsinghe, N. (2017). Confronting the challenges of massification surge in Higher Education: Sustaining the academic workforce and its excellence in Australia. In: The Sustainability of Higher Education in an era of Post-Massification, Routledge, United States
- Nethsinghe, N.,Southcott, J. (2016). Preserving, Transmitting, and Developing Cultural Heritage: Senior Sri Lankan Arts Practitioners in Australia In: The International Journal of Arts in Society: Annual Review, 10, 27 - 39
- Nethsinghe, N. (2016). Multicultural music education in Victoria and the efforts of Australian/Sri Lankan community artists to sustain cultural traditions In: Journal of Aesthetic and Fine Arts, 1, 3 - 11
- Cabedo Mas, A.,Nethsinghe, N.,Forrest, D. (2016). The arts within a sustainable educational agenda In: Global Learning in the 21st Century, Sense Publishers, The Netherlands
- Nethsinghe, R. (2015). A fruitful inter-contextualisation of multicultural music in a Victorian Primary School In: International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, 2, 21 - 34
- Nethsinghe, R.,Southcott, J. (2015). A juggling act: Supervisor/candidate partnership in a doctoral thesis by publication In: International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 10, 167 - 185
- Nethsinghe, R. (2015). Unraveling the Gordian Knot: Multiple notions of contextualisation in music In: Australian Journal of Music Education, 2015, 118 - 126