The State of the Art

Teaching Drama in the 21st Century

Edited by Michael Anderson and Colleen Roche

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Format: paperback
192 pages
ISBN: 9781743320273

Publication: 30 Apr 2015

Publisher: Sydney University Press

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The State of the Art: Teaching Drama in the 21st Century presents cutting-edge scholarship from leading drama education in New South Wales. This collection features discussions that are directly relevant to drama teachers in primary and secondary schools, artists and theatre makers, drama education researchers and those interested in the relevance of arts and drama education in reforming the curriculum. The book reminds of the connection between practice and research in drama education, and reflects changes in curriculum and new areas of research on:

  • playwriting
  • improvisation and play building
  • young people as audiences
  • technology and drama education
  • dialogue in drama education
  • the opportunities for drama as a curriculum change event

The scholarship assembled here reflects some of the best and most insightful reflections on how research can directly inform the transformation of learning and teaching.

Colleen Roche is the president of Drama Australia and head of drama at Abbotsleigh in Sydney.

Michael Anderson is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.


1. The power of drama pedagogy and research to open doors: dwelling in the house of possibility by Miranda Jefferson
2. School drama: towards state of the art in drama professional learning? by Robyn Ewing, Robyn Gibson, Victoria Campbell, John Saunders and Helen Hristofski
3. Drama and ecological understanding: stories of learning by David Wright
4. Schooling the imagination in the 21st century . . . (or why playbuilding matters) by Christine Hatton and Sarah Lovesy
5. Learning English as an additional language (EAL) through the pedagogy of educational drama by Margery Hertzberg
6. What’s wrong with the way we teach playwriting? by Paul Gardiner
7. The drama of co-intentional dialogue: reflections on the confluent praxis of Dorothy Heathcote and Paulo Freire by Gerard Boland
8. Hold the phone: drama education and mobile technology by David Cameron and Rebecca Wotzko

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Format: paperback
Size: 210 × 148 × 11 mm
192 pages
6 b&w tables and 8 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2015
ISBN: 9781743320273
Publication: 30 Apr 2015