Dalton spent many years as an academic researcher in socially contextualised practice in printmaking and art education, drawing on feminist and linguistic theory. In recent years she has eschewed 'theory'. The arts - she now believes - are being absorbed within the economies of entertainment, social welfare and consumerism. Her recent work returns to a modernist approach, and focusses on the materiality of painting as an imaginative practice of analogy and poetics.
(2008) Pen Dalton: Doctoral thesis: Family and Other Relations:
(2006) Pen Dalton: ' "Like"' in Henry Rogers, (ed.) Art Becomes You: Parody, Pastiche and the Politics of Art: Materiality in a Post-material Paradigm. BIAD/IKON Gallery. Article Press. ISBN1 873352 98 0
(2006)Pen Dalton: 'Where is 'the subject' of contextual practice?' in The Journal of Visual Art Practice, Intellect Publishers. vol. 3 no 1 ISSN1470-2029
(2006) Pen Dalton: 'Feminist Methodologies in Art Education: Critique' in The International Journal, n.paradoxa, vol. 17, pp 72–76. ISSN1461-0434
(2003) Pen Dalton: critical essay: 'Losing it' in Lloyd Lewis, P. and Shaffrey C., (eds) Losing It: a catalogue for an exhibition of screen based video, Fenton Gallery, Cork, Eire. pp. 1–4. Article Press. ISBN1873352 78 6
(2001) Pen Dalton. book: The Gendering of Art Education : Modernism, Identity and Critical Feminism.
(1999) Pen Dalton: 'Oedipal dramas in art education' in The International Journal of Art and Design Education. vol.18 no 3 October. pp. 301–306 
(1995) Pen Dalton: 'Modernism, art education and sexual difference' in Barrie, P. and Deepwell, K ads. New Feminist Art Criticism. Manchester University Press.
(1992) Pen Dalton: 'Psychology and the subject of art education' in J& J Swift (ends) Disciplines, Fields, Change in Art Education, vol 3 Article Press. pp. 83–96 ISBN1873352 43 3
(1979) Pen Dalton: 'What is art education for? Feminist Art News no 1 Spring. (1980) 'What is art education for? (reprinted) Pollock G and Parker, R. (eds) Framing Feminism: Art and the Women's Movement. 1970-85. Pandora ISBN0863581781
(1978) Pen Dalton: 'Feminist art practice and the mass media' in Feminist Arts News, no 1; reprinted (1979) in Women's Studies International Journal vol 3 no 1, reprinted (1980) in Baerh, H. (ed) Women and Media, Oxford, Pergamon Press ISBN0080260616