Oxworth, Catherine Dr

Position: Lecturer
Discipline: Education
Location: Berwick Campus, Room 901-130C
Phone: (03) 431307944
Email: c.oxworth@federation.edu.au


  • Doctor of Philosophy – La Trobe University – 2016
  • Master of Education (International Education) – Monash University – 2003
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) – Monash University – 1998
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts – Modern Languages (Chinese) – The University of Melbourne – 1997
  • Bachelor of Music (Honours) – The University of Melbourne – 1992
  • Associate in Music, Australia (Clarinet) – Australian Music Examinations Board – 1992



  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary P-10)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education Studies


  • Arts Education (EDBED4012)
  • Approaches to Teaching in the Arts (EDBED3039)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Learning and Teaching (EDBED3016)
  • Diversity and Inclusion (EDBED2010)
  • Transition to the Profession (EDBED2114)
  • Child and Adolescent Development and Characteristics (EDBED1017)
  • Technology and Communication for and with diverse learners (EDBED3116)


Catherine is a lecturer and researcher who is currently working in the School of Education. Catherine joined Federation University Australia in 2019 and teaches at the Berwick campus. Catherine has had extensive experience working as a teacher, trainer, mentor and leader in the field of education for more than 20 years.  She is a classically trained musician, with an interest in the benefits of music and arts education.  Catherine has taught in primary and secondary schools in Australia, China, and Kenya.  Catherine has also worked as a music mentor for The Songroom, and as a volunteer teacher trainer in Pakistan for Australian Volunteers International.  Catherine has previously worked in initial teacher education programs at Swinburne University, La Trobe University and at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Areas of expertise

Catherine has conducted research in school communities in Kenya and Zambia, with a particular focus on giving voice to young girls.  Catherine’s PhD thesis, “In my voice”: girls and education in Kenya and Zambia, gave voice to young girls that would not have otherwise had a platform to articulate the narratives and concerns of their lives. Her research also explored the worth of work of women in post-colonial African contexts. Additionally, Catherine has worked on a research project that investigated the experiences of Indigenous pre-service teachers in Australia.

Catherine’s expertise in pre-service teacher education is in the area of arts education, where she brings over 20 years of first-hand experience to her teaching. She is also an advocate for embedding the knowledge, culture, history and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into all aspects of the curriculum.

Catherine has had extensive experience working in Australia and overseas with students from diverse backgrounds.  Catherine is always interested in considering the issues and complexities of diversity, equity and inclusion within the education sector.

Through Catherine’s research, teaching and work her intent is to try to make the world a better place for having lived in it

Research interests

Through qualitative research approaches in education Catherine considers;

  • the complexities of identity
  • gender and feminism
  • post-colonialism
  • story telling
  • the benefits of music and arts education

Catherine is interested in research that gives voice to those that are marginalised in our world.


Catherine is currently available as an Associate Supervisor for post-graduate students.


Refereed journal articles

Oxworth, Catherine (forthcoming), ‘“In My Voice”: Girls, education and work in Kenya and Zambia’, Gender and Education, TBA.

Lemon, N, Wilson, A, Oxworth, C, Zavros-Orr, A & Wood, B (2018), ‘Lines of school-university partnership: perception, sensation and meshwork reshaping of pre-service teachers’ experiences’, The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, vol. 43, no. 10, pp. 80-97.


  • The Victorian Institute of Teaching
  • Association of Music Educators
  • National Tertiary Education Union