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Dr Birut Zemits has extensive experience lecturing in subjects related to language, art, film, academic writing and cultural issues. She works mainly in the area of Academic Language and Learning, particularly in the first year common units. Birut completed a PhD titled Ethno-eco dialogue: Filmmaking for sustainability, which provided an opportunity to bring together interests in creative practice, sociolinguistics and environmental education and she continues to maintain an interest in bringing these fields together. Her passion is for research as well as supporting the learning process at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. When not working, she enjoys filmmaking, painting, walking and gardening.

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Research Output 2006 2019

  • 8 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Review article

Language at home and the school: Resistance and compromise

Zemits, B., Mullins, M. & Parry, T., Dec 2019, In : Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts. 25, p. 72-77 5 p., 6.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
English language

Supporting resilience in first year of university: Curriculum, consideration and cooperation

Woolf, S., Zemits, B., Knight, S. & Janssen, A., 19 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Academic Language and Learning. 13, 1, p. A108-A123 15 p., 5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

The ecology of home David B. Zandvliet, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2016

Zemits, B., Mar 2019, In : Australian Journal for Environmental Education. 35, 1, p. 90-92 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewResearchpeer-review


Walk the Talk: Artistic Acts to Raise Environmental Awareness

Zemits, B. & De Groot, A. M., 2019, In : The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts. 14, 1, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Representing knowledge: Assessment of creativity in humanities

Zemits, B. I., Apr 2017, In : Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. 16, 2, p. 173-187 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review



Ethno-Eco Dialogue Film and Thesis Dataset

Zemits, B. (Creator), Charles Darwin University - Datasets, 2015



Adult music students in a north Australian regional community: motivations for learning a musical instrument, perceived benefits and pedagogical considerations

Author: Tan, K. H., Oct 2018

Supervisor: Jarvis, M. (Supervisor), Zemits, B. (Supervisor) & Jonkman, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU


Building bridges + connecting culture: creative collaboration with artists from the Tiwi Islands

Author: Anderson, S., 2015

Supervisor: Zemits, B. I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


Environmental art: activism, aesthetics and transformation

Author: Dahlsen, J., 2017

Supervisor: Zemits, B. I. (Supervisor), Jarvis, M. (Supervisor) & Cristaudo, W. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


Ethno-eco dialogue: filmmaking for environmental sustainability

Author: Zemits, B. I., 2010

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


Painting the humorous kitschgrotesque of the dressed-up TER[mite moun]DS in tropical Australia

Author: Hance, I. W., Nov 2018

Supervisor: Zemits, B. (Supervisor), Blackwood, G. (Supervisor), Bullot, N. (Supervisor), Zemits, (Supervisor), Bullot, (Supervisor), Zemits, (Supervisor) & Bullot, (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU