Dr Paul Gardiner

Postdoctoral Fellow

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Paul Gardiner is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney where he is researching creativity, interdisciplinarity and 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 currently teaches Drama curriculum, Creativity and pedagogy in the Faculty.

Paul is an experienced Secondary Drama and English teacher, having taught in secondary schools for 17 years. He has been Chief examiner for HSC Drama and a Senior Marker for the Scriptwriting component of the NSW HSC Drama examination. He established and lead successful Drama departments in the schools in which he taught before embarking on his doctoral study. He was the Director of Research for Drama Australia (2015-16) and is currently a committee member of Drama NSW.

Research interests

Paul's research examines 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 explores the experiences of teaching and learning for and about creativity in drama, exploring best practice for students and teachers. This research has informed his approach to teaching and learning in higher education and he is researching how innovative and experiential approaches to education can better equip our students for the complexity fo the complex 21st century world.

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, interdisciplinary teaching and learning

Teaching and supervision

  • Creativity, youth culture and the Arts (Unit of Study Coordinator)
  • Teaching Drama/Drama curriculum 1, 2 and 3 (Units of Study Coordinator)
  • Pedagogy and Professional Practice
  • Interdisciplnary Impact (Unit of Study Coordinator and course co-designer 2017)

Associations

  • Chief Examiner - Drama, Higher School Certificate Examination Committee, NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards 2016-2017
  • Director of Research, Drama Australia 2015-2016
  • Playwriting pedagogy consultant, The Arts Unit, NSW Department of Education (Current)

Awards and honours

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

Conference presentations

Gardiner, P. (2018) Emerging Scholar Keynote presentation

Gardiner, P. (2018) Teaching playwriting: Creativity in practice (Workshop)

Gardiner, P. (2018) Playwriting and Flow: Creativity, engagement and skill development

http://www.dialogueforcommunity.com/2018/07/exploring-techniques-and-practices-from-the-idieri-9-workshops-part-3/

IDIERI 9: Tyranny of Distance, 9th International Drama in Education Research Institute, The University of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand, 2-9 July, 2018

Gardiner, P. (2018) Teaching playwriting: Creativity in practice (Workshop), Imagine the Creative Revolution, Drama NSW State conference, Pymble Ladies College, Pymble NSW. 11-12 May.

Gardiner, P. (2018) Invited Keynote presentation: Don’t fear the marker: What external assessment brings…, EMBRACE18, Drama Queensland State Conference, Queensland Academy of Creative Industries, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, 9-10 March 2018

Gardiner, P. (2017). Creative climates: Collaboration for creativity in the context of individual assessment, Creative Capital, Drama Australia National Symposium, Canberra, ACT, 29-30 September 2017.

Gardiner, P. (2016). Teaching creativity in the era of innovation: Lessons from the research, Drama Australia/Drama South Australia National Symposium, Looking Forward Looking Back, Adelaide, South Australia, September 30-October 2, 2016.

Gardiner, P. (2015) 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. (2015) Playwriting and creativity: The myth of the noble savage, IDIERI 8: 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 2-4 October 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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Books

  • Gardiner, P. (2019). Teaching playwriting: Creativity in practice. UK: Bloomsbury.

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). Playwriting and flow: The interconnection between creativity, engagement and skill development. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 18(6), 1-24.
  • 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.

2019

  • Gardiner, P. (2019). Teaching playwriting: Creativity in practice. UK: Bloomsbury.

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). Playwriting and flow: The interconnection between creativity, engagement and skill development. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 18(6), 1-24.
  • 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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