Dr Paul Gardiner

Postdoctoral Fellow

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Paul Gardiner is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney where he is researching playwriting pedagogy. His PhD research investigated the practice of playwriting pedagogy in NSW Secondary schools and he is particularly interested in the interconnected concepts of knowledge, creativity, agency and engagement. He also currently teaches Drama curriculum and Creativity in the Faculty.

Paul is an experienced Secondary Drama and English teacher, having taught in secondary schools for 17 years. He is currently the Director of Research for Drama Australia and is a member of the NSW HSC Drama examination committee. He has been a Senior Marker for the Scriptwriting component of the NSW HSC Drama examination. He established successful Drama departments in the schools in which he taught, and was in charge of Drama at an independent school in the Southern Highlands of NSW before embarking on his doctoral study.

Research interests

Paul's research is interested in the impact of creativity theory on the teaching and learning in the arts. He is particularly interested in the role of knowledge and skills development in playwriting and drama education and the lessons this can provide for creative learning in general. His work examines the experiences of teaching and learning for and about creativity in drama, exploring best practice for students and teachers.

Paul is also interested in new Australian writing, and writing for performance, and the need for increased playwriting education and opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds.

Keywords: Drama, playwriting, creativity, engagement, agency, dramaturgy,

Teaching and supervision

  • Drama Teaching and Learning
  • Creativity

Associations

  • Chief Examiner - Drama, Higher School Certificate Examination Committee, NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards
  • Director of Research, Drama Australia
  • Playwriting pedagogy consultant , The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education

Awards and honours

  • 2015 Ewing Postdoctoral Scholarship, The University of Sydney
  • 2014 Recipient of a Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Trust grant

Conference presentations

Gardiner, P. Playwriting and Creativity: The myth of the Noble Savage, Drama Australia and Drama New Zealand International Conference, Game Changer: Innovating Education through creativity and Drama practice, National Institute of Drama Art, Kensington, Australia, 10-12 July 2015.

Gardiner, P. Playwriting and Creativity: The myth of the Noble Savage, IDIERI8: 8th International Drama in Education Research Institute, Open Culture in the Asian Century: Reimagining Drama Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 30 June-5 July, 2015

Gardiner, P. (2014). Dealing with the ‘Big Issues’: Playwriting in the Drama Classroom, Drama Australia National Conference, Evolve 2014, Hobart, Tasmania, October 2-4, 2014

Gardiner, P. (2013) Teaching Playwriting: creativity, dramaturgy and pedagogy. IDEA 2013: 8th World Congress of the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association, Paris, France, 8-13 July 2013

Gardiner, P. (2012) What’s wrong with the way we teach playwriting? IDIERI7: 7th International Drama in Education Research Institute, Borders and translations: Towards new paradigms and languages in drama education. Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, 10-15 July 2012

Gardiner, P. (2012) Playwriting in the Classroom, Drama NSW State Conference, Play 4 Learning, Waverley College, Waverley, NSW, 25-26 May 2012

Gardiner, P. (2012) Teaching Playwriting: Theory, practice and emerging data. Drama Australia National Conference, Delve 2012, Brisbane, 9-11 March 2012

Gardiner, P., Anderson, M. & Freebody, K. (2011). Teaching the Aesthetic: playwriting pedagogy in secondary schools, Drama Australia National Conference, Spaces of Performance, Perth, 31 March - 2 April 2011

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Gardiner, P. (2017). Play(writ)ing together: Creative collaboration in the context of individual performance. In P. OConnor, C. Rozas Gomez (Eds.), Playing with possibilities, (pp. 128-142). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Gardiner, P. (2015). What's wrong with the way we teach playwriting? In Michael Anderson, Colleen Roche (Eds.), The state of the art: Teaching drama in the 21st century, (pp. 109-128). Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Gardiner, P., Anderson, M. (2018). Structured creative processes in learning playwriting: Invoking imaginative pedagogies. Cambridge Journal of Education, 48(2), 177-196. [More Information]
  • Gardiner, P. (2017). Rethinking feedback: Playwriting pedagogy as teaching and learning for creativity. Teaching and Teacher Education, 65, 117-126. [More Information]
  • Gardiner, P. (2016). Playwriting pedagogy and the myth of intrinsic creativity. Research in Drama Education: the journal of applied theatre and performance, 21(2), 247-262. [More Information]
  • Gardiner, P., Anderson, M. (2015). Why playwriting? Dealing with the 'big issues' and empowering student voices. NJ-Drama Australia Journal, 39(2), 122-134. [More Information]
  • Gardiner, P., Anderson, M. (2012). Can You Read That Again? Playwriting, Literacy and Reading the 'Spoken' Word. English in Australia, 47(2), 80-89.

2018

  • Gardiner, P., Anderson, M. (2018). Structured creative processes in learning playwriting: Invoking imaginative pedagogies. Cambridge Journal of Education, 48(2), 177-196. [More Information]

2017

  • Gardiner, P. (2017). Play(writ)ing together: Creative collaboration in the context of individual performance. In P. OConnor, C. Rozas Gomez (Eds.), Playing with possibilities, (pp. 128-142). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Gardiner, P. (2017). Rethinking feedback: Playwriting pedagogy as teaching and learning for creativity. Teaching and Teacher Education, 65, 117-126. [More Information]

2016

  • Gardiner, P. (2016). Playwriting pedagogy and the myth of intrinsic creativity. Research in Drama Education: the journal of applied theatre and performance, 21(2), 247-262. [More Information]

2015

  • Gardiner, P. (2015). What's wrong with the way we teach playwriting? In Michael Anderson, Colleen Roche (Eds.), The state of the art: Teaching drama in the 21st century, (pp. 109-128). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Gardiner, P., Anderson, M. (2015). Why playwriting? Dealing with the 'big issues' and empowering student voices. NJ-Drama Australia Journal, 39(2), 122-134. [More Information]

2012

  • Gardiner, P., Anderson, M. (2012). Can You Read That Again? Playwriting, Literacy and Reading the 'Spoken' Word. English in Australia, 47(2), 80-89.

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