Dr Kelly Freebody

PhD(Melbourne), BArts(drama)(QUT), BEd(secondary)Hons(QUT), GradCert(Educational studies)(Sydney)
Lecturer, Drama, English, Teaching and Learning
Combined Degrees Coordinator

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 90366038
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Biographical details

Kelly's teaching and research interests include drama, secondary English, literacy, social justice and qualitative research methods, particularly conversation analysis and membership categorisation analysis.

Kelly's PhD investigates the use of drama pedagogy to explore students' interpretations of, and interaction with, notions of socioeconomic status.

Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Creative and performing arts
  • English and literacy

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Social change

Keywords: social justice, drama, literacy, ethnomethodology, socio-economic status

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Sharing the Moment: An Investigation of the Local-Global Nexus and Emergent Narrative Structures in Long Form Additive Improvisation PhD Yanis GARRETT
Neophyte drama teachers and the socially inclusive classroom PhD Alison O'GRADY
Exploration of the aesthetic experience created during drama process in higher education language learning. EdD Patrick PHEASANT

Current projects

  • Teachers researching communities - a Priority Schools Programs funded research project exploring school-community relationships.

Associations

  • Director of Research, Drama Australia

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2008

Selected grants

2009

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

Selected publications

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Books

  • Anderson, M., Freebody, K. (2014). Partnerships in Education Research: Creating Knowledge that Matters. NY: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury.

Book Chapters

  • 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.
  • 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 & 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 C. Sinclair, N. Jeanneret & J. O'Toole. (Eds.), Education in the arts: teaching and learning in the contemporary curriculum, (pp. 65-100). South Melbourne, Vic: 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 & 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 & Robert E. White (Eds.), Critical literacies in action : social perspectives and teaching practices, (pp. 49-75). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Journals

  • Freebody, K. (2013). Discourse in drama: Talk, role, and learning in drama education. NJ-Drama Australia Journal, 37, 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, 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.

Report

  • Freebody, P., Freebody, K. (2010). Teachers researching communities: a review of the research literature.

2014

  • Anderson, M., Freebody, K. (2014). Partnerships in Education Research: Creating Knowledge that Matters. NY: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury.

2013

  • Freebody, K. (2013). Discourse in drama: Talk, role, and learning in drama education. NJ-Drama Australia Journal, 37, 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.
  • 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 & 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).

2010

  • Freebody, K. (2010). Exploring teacher–student interactions and moral reasoning practices in drama classrooms. Research in Drama Education, 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.

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 C. Sinclair, N. Jeanneret & J. O'Toole. (Eds.), Education in the arts: teaching and learning in the contemporary curriculum, (pp. 65-100). South Melbourne, Vic: 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 & 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 & 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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