Theatre as education

Vallack, Jocene (2015) Theatre as education. In: Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. pp. 1-8. From: AARE 2015: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 29 November - 3 December 2015, Freemantle, WA, Australia.

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My privileged opportunity to work with renowned Drama theorist, Dorothy Heathcote, in Melbourne in the 1970s, set a foundation for what I now call Theatre as Education research. Formerly a teacher of Secondary Drama, I became very experienced at creating plays with my students, based on their own ideas, or inspired by the stories of the community. When working in a tiny country town in Victoria, I took my Drama class to visit the Senior Citizens in our community, and collect anecdotes of their youthful experiences. The adolescents asked, 'What was it like- here in this town - when you were my age?' The responses were candid and sometimes less likely than fiction. We wrote a one-act play, which incorporated the many different dialogues, and we performed it for the town. Our co-researchers were the special guests, taking front row seats. They watched their lives re-enacted, and an inter-generational bond was forged.

This paper will present my approach to creating plays out of chaotic, narrative data. There has emerged a kind of formula, which is flexible enough to apply to groups of students or adults, with varying abilities in qualitative research data collection and in the performing arts. I have used the Theatre as Education formula to showcase research data in both schools and at academic conferences, as well as in print. This paper presents a step-by-step approach to collecting, analysing, interpreting and restructuring oral data for performance text. It will also present some examples from published plays, which were born of narrative. I believe Theatre as Education works as both an engaging pedagogy for teachers, and an innovative framework for the presentation of primary research data. I would like to share my approach with you.

Item ID: 43543
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 1324-9320
Keywords: theatre as research
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Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU Faculty Grant 2221.93817.0213
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 02:15
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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