Dr Kelly Freebody

PhD(Melbourne), BArts(drama)(QUT), BEd(secondary)Hons(QUT), GradCert(Educational studies)(Sydney)
Senior Lecturer, Drama Education
Education Director

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Fax +61 2 93512606

Biographical details

Kelly's research interests draw on methodological innovation and theory development in the area of applied drama for social justice - focusing on intersections between drama, social justice, education, and qualitative research methods.

Kelly is a qualified secondary drama and English teacher, with experience teaching in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Kelly coordinates core pedagogy units in The Combined Degrees in education, with a focus on creative and critical pedagogy, school-community relationships, and pedagogies of hope.

Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Creative and performing arts
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Social structures, inequalities and social justice
  • Social change

Keywords: social justice, drama, ethnomethodology, socio-economic status, creativity, critical pedagogy

Current projects

Intent, success and value in Applied Drama: mapping the field: University of Sydney Bridging Grant; Chief Investigator: Dr. K. Freebody. Other Investigators: Prof. M. Anderson, Prof. M. Balfour, A/Prof. S. Goodwin, Dr. M. Finneran; 2015-2016.

Embodying historical consciousness: History and drama in schools: International Program Development Fund (IPDF); The University of Sydney, The University of Auckland, University of British Columbia, Cambridge University;Chief Investigator: Dr.K. Freebody. Other Investigators: Prof. M. Anderson, Ms. C. Smyth, Dr. A. O’Grady (Sydney); Prof. P. O’Connor (Auckland); Dr. M. Morrison (Cambridge); Prof. G. Belliveau (UBC). 2015-2016;

Creative Schools Initiative: University of Auckland Philanthropic Fund; Chief Investigator: Prof. P. O’Connor. Other Investigators: Prof. M. Anderson, Dr. P. Ginns, Dr. Anne Harris, Dr. K. Freebody

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2008

Selected grants

2015

  • Embodying historical consciousness: History and drama in schools; Freebody K, Anderson M, Smyth C, Morrison M, Belliveau G, O'Connor P; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.
  • Identifying intent, success, and value in applied drama; Freebody K; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2009

  • Teachers researching communities; Freebody P, Freebody K; Department of Education (NSW)/NSW Priority Schools Programs (PSP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Anderson, M., Freebody, K. (2014). Partnerships in education research: Creating knowledge that matters. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Freebody, K., Finneran, M. (2016). Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts. Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Finneran, M., Freebody, K. (2016). Conclusion. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 182-184). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K., Finneran, M. (2016). Critical issues and intersections: Part 1. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 9-14). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Finneran, M., Freebody, K. (2016). Critical issues and intersections: Part 2. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 69-74). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K., Finneran, M. (2016). Introduction. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 1-5). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Finneran, M., Freebody, K. (2016). Tensions and mythologies in the liminal space between drama and social justice. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 15-29). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K. (2015). Building New Social Movements: The Politics of Responsibility and Accountability in School-Community Relationships. In Helen Proctor, Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody (Eds.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice, (pp. 105-112). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K., Finneran, M. (2013). Drama and Social Justice: Power, Participation and Possibility. In Michael Anderson and Julie Dunn (Eds.), How Drama Activates Learning: Contemporary Research and Practice, (pp. 47-63). London: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury. [More Information]
  • Bird, J., Donelan, K., Freebody, K., O'Toole, J., Sinclair, C. (2012). Drama: Social dreaming in the 21st Century. In Christine Sinclair, Neryl Jeanneret, John O'Toole (Eds.), Education In The Arts: Teaching and learning in contemporary curriculum (2nd edition), (pp. 65-90). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Freebody, K., Hughes, J. (2012). Using drama to teach difficult texts. In Jacqueline Manuel and Sue Brindley (Eds.), Teenagers and Reading: Literary heritages, cultural contexts and contemporary reading practices, (pp. 162-176). Kent Town, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press.
  • Freebody, K., Freebody, P., Maney, B. (2011). Relating schools and communities. In Dorothy Bottrell and Susan Goodwin (Eds.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion, (pp. 66-79). South Yarra: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Freebody, K. (2010). Learning how to be an academic - the story of a new academic in education. In Cantwell RH, Scevak, JJ (Eds.), An Academic Life: A Handbook for New Academics, (pp. 10-14). Melbourne: ACER Press.
  • Sinclair, C., Donelan, K., Bird, J., O'Toole, J., Freebody, K. (2009). Drama: Social Dreaming in the Twenty-first Century. In Christine Sinclair, Neryl Jeanneret, John OToole (Eds.), education in the arts: teaching and learning in the contemporary curriculum, (pp. 65-100). South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.
  • Stinson, M., Freebody, K. (2009). The contribution of process drama to improved results in English oral communication. In R. E. Silver, C. C. M. Goh and L. Alsagoff (Eds.), Language learning in new English contexts: studies of acquisition and development, (pp. 147-165). London: Continuum.
  • Freebody, K., Freebody, P. (2008). Engaging and critiquing challenge in the process drama classroom: socio-economic status as topic and resource. In Karyn Cooper and Robert E. White (Eds.), Critical literacies in action : social perspectives and teaching practices, (pp. 49-75). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Journals

  • Freebody, K., Goodwin, S. (2017). Applied theatre evaluations as technologies of government: A critical exploration of key logics in the field. Applied Theatre Research, 5(1), 23-35. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K. (2013). Discourse in drama: Talk, role, and learning in drama education. NJ-Drama Australia Journal, 37(1), 65-75.
  • Freebody, K. (2013). Talking drama into being: types of talk in drama classrooms. Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal, 1(1), 1-23.
  • Anderson, M., Freebody, K. (2012). Developing communities of praxis: bridging the theory practice divide in teacher education. McGill Journal of Education, 47(3), 359-378.
  • Freebody, K. (2011). Interdisciplinary dialogues with dialogue: Drama, sociology and the detailed analysis of talk. NJ-Drama Australia Journal, 35, 105-117.
  • Freebody, K. (2010). Exploring teacher-student interactions and moral reasoning practices in drama classrooms. Research in Drama Education: the journal of applied theatre and performance, 15(2), 209-225. [More Information]
  • Peralta, L., Callow, J., Freebody, K., Zhang, H. (2010). Planning for student engagement in lecture contexts. Synergy, 30, 41-47.
  • Stinson, M., Freebody, K. (2006). The Dol Project: The Contributions of Process Drama to Improved Results in English Oral Communication. Youth Theatre Journal, 20(1), 27-41. [More Information]
  • Freebody, P., McRae, D., Freebody, K. (2006). The Le@rning Federation's on-line initiative: lessons from teachers on change, technologies, and learning about English and literacy. English in Australia, 41(1), 48-56.

Conferences

  • Bottrell, D., Freebody, K., Goodwin, S. (2011). School-community engagement: shifting boundaries of policy and practice. AARE Conference 2011, Hobart, Tasmania: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Anderson, M., Freebody, K. (2009). Developing young writers: nurturing cultural citizenship and engagement. Drama Australia National Conference 2009, The University of Melbourne. 26-28 November.
  • Freebody, K. (2006). Modulating the mosaic: drama and oral language. International Drama/Theatre and Education Association, 5th World Congress.

Research Reports

  • Freebody, P., Freebody, K., Maney, B. (2011). Teachers Researching Communities: Final Report, (pp. 4 - 89). Sydney, Australia: NSW Department of Education and Communities.
  • Freebody, P., Freebody, K. (2010). Teachers Researching Communities: a review of the research literature, 2010, (pp. 3 - 34). Sydney, Australia: NSW Department of Education and Communities.

2017

  • Freebody, K., Goodwin, S. (2017). Applied theatre evaluations as technologies of government: A critical exploration of key logics in the field. Applied Theatre Research, 5(1), 23-35. [More Information]

2016

  • Finneran, M., Freebody, K. (2016). Conclusion. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 182-184). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K., Finneran, M. (2016). Critical issues and intersections: Part 1. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 9-14). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Finneran, M., Freebody, K. (2016). Critical issues and intersections: Part 2. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 69-74). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K., Finneran, M. (2016). Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts. Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K., Finneran, M. (2016). Introduction. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 1-5). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Finneran, M., Freebody, K. (2016). Tensions and mythologies in the liminal space between drama and social justice. In Kelly Freebody, Michael Finneran (Eds.), Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts, (pp. 15-29). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]

2015

  • Freebody, K. (2015). Building New Social Movements: The Politics of Responsibility and Accountability in School-Community Relationships. In Helen Proctor, Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody (Eds.), Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice, (pp. 105-112). Cham: Springer. [More Information]

2014

  • Anderson, M., Freebody, K. (2014). Partnerships in education research: Creating knowledge that matters. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury. [More Information]

2013

  • Freebody, K. (2013). Discourse in drama: Talk, role, and learning in drama education. NJ-Drama Australia Journal, 37(1), 65-75.
  • Freebody, K., Finneran, M. (2013). Drama and Social Justice: Power, Participation and Possibility. In Michael Anderson and Julie Dunn (Eds.), How Drama Activates Learning: Contemporary Research and Practice, (pp. 47-63). London: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K. (2013). Talking drama into being: types of talk in drama classrooms. Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal, 1(1), 1-23.

2012

  • Anderson, M., Freebody, K. (2012). Developing communities of praxis: bridging the theory practice divide in teacher education. McGill Journal of Education, 47(3), 359-378.
  • Bird, J., Donelan, K., Freebody, K., O'Toole, J., Sinclair, C. (2012). Drama: Social dreaming in the 21st Century. In Christine Sinclair, Neryl Jeanneret, John O'Toole (Eds.), Education In The Arts: Teaching and learning in contemporary curriculum (2nd edition), (pp. 65-90). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Freebody, K., Hughes, J. (2012). Using drama to teach difficult texts. In Jacqueline Manuel and Sue Brindley (Eds.), Teenagers and Reading: Literary heritages, cultural contexts and contemporary reading practices, (pp. 162-176). Kent Town, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press.

2011

  • Freebody, K. (2011). Interdisciplinary dialogues with dialogue: Drama, sociology and the detailed analysis of talk. NJ-Drama Australia Journal, 35, 105-117.
  • Freebody, K., Freebody, P., Maney, B. (2011). Relating schools and communities. In Dorothy Bottrell and Susan Goodwin (Eds.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion, (pp. 66-79). South Yarra: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bottrell, D., Freebody, K., Goodwin, S. (2011). School-community engagement: shifting boundaries of policy and practice. AARE Conference 2011, Hobart, Tasmania: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Freebody, P., Freebody, K., Maney, B. (2011). Teachers Researching Communities: Final Report, (pp. 4 - 89). Sydney, Australia: NSW Department of Education and Communities.

2010

  • Freebody, K. (2010). Exploring teacher-student interactions and moral reasoning practices in drama classrooms. Research in Drama Education: the journal of applied theatre and performance, 15(2), 209-225. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K. (2010). Learning how to be an academic - the story of a new academic in education. In Cantwell RH, Scevak, JJ (Eds.), An Academic Life: A Handbook for New Academics, (pp. 10-14). Melbourne: ACER Press.
  • Peralta, L., Callow, J., Freebody, K., Zhang, H. (2010). Planning for student engagement in lecture contexts. Synergy, 30, 41-47.
  • Freebody, P., Freebody, K. (2010). Teachers Researching Communities: a review of the research literature, 2010, (pp. 3 - 34). Sydney, Australia: NSW Department of Education and Communities.

2009

  • Anderson, M., Freebody, K. (2009). Developing young writers: nurturing cultural citizenship and engagement. Drama Australia National Conference 2009, The University of Melbourne. 26-28 November.
  • Sinclair, C., Donelan, K., Bird, J., O'Toole, J., Freebody, K. (2009). Drama: Social Dreaming in the Twenty-first Century. In Christine Sinclair, Neryl Jeanneret, John OToole (Eds.), education in the arts: teaching and learning in the contemporary curriculum, (pp. 65-100). South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.
  • Stinson, M., Freebody, K. (2009). The contribution of process drama to improved results in English oral communication. In R. E. Silver, C. C. M. Goh and L. Alsagoff (Eds.), Language learning in new English contexts: studies of acquisition and development, (pp. 147-165). London: Continuum.

2008

  • Freebody, K., Freebody, P. (2008). Engaging and critiquing challenge in the process drama classroom: socio-economic status as topic and resource. In Karyn Cooper and Robert E. White (Eds.), Critical literacies in action : social perspectives and teaching practices, (pp. 49-75). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

2006

  • Freebody, K. (2006). Modulating the mosaic: drama and oral language. International Drama/Theatre and Education Association, 5th World Congress.
  • Stinson, M., Freebody, K. (2006). The Dol Project: The Contributions of Process Drama to Improved Results in English Oral Communication. Youth Theatre Journal, 20(1), 27-41. [More Information]
  • Freebody, P., McRae, D., Freebody, K. (2006). The Le@rning Federation's on-line initiative: lessons from teachers on change, technologies, and learning about English and literacy. English in Australia, 41(1), 48-56.

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