Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Drama-based pedagogy interactive seminar


5 June 2015

A special presentation by the Arts and Creative Education Research Network.

Renowned US researcher Katie Dawson will facilitate this one-time opportunity to discuss research from the Drama for Schools (DFS) program she directs for the University of Texas at Austin.

This audience-participation seminar, which immediately follows a two-hour workshop, will discuss how reflection permeates an artist’s work. From an initial imaginative spark of inspiration – to the deliberate choice of interpretation, the ongoing process of revision, and reception of the work – reflection feeds each choice in the artistic process. Dr Dawson will invite teaching artists to consider the power and potential of reflective practice and raise fundamental questions about the complex intentions, relationships and function of the drama/theatre teaching artist in school, community and professional theatre settings.

Recommended background reading for the event is:

  • Dawson K, Cawthon S and Baker S. 2011, 'Drama for Schools: Teacher Change in an Applied Theatre Professional Development Model', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance vol. 16, no. 3, p. 314.

  • Cawthon S and Dawson K. 2012, 'Drama-Based Instruction and Educational Research: Activating Praxis in an Interdisciplinary Partnership', International Journal of Education and the Arts, vol. 12, no. 17.

  • Dawson K and Kelin D. 2014, The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field, London, UK, Intellect Books.

Event details

  • When: 4–5pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: FREE but email RSVP requested.

  • RSVP: Closing date – June 4.

  • Speaker: Katie Dawson is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin and serves as Director of the Drama for Schools program. Her areas of research include community-engaged professional learning, arts integration, museum theatre, and teaching artist pedagogy and practice. Katie received the Creative Drama Award and the Winifred Ward Scholar Award from the American Alliance of Theatre and Education along with multiple teaching awards from her University where she serves as a Provost Teaching Fellow and is a nationally and internationally recognised consultant in drama-based pedagogy and creative learning. Katie has facilitated trainings, presented workshops, and given interactive keynotes at Universities, professional conferences, arts organisations and community sites across the US, Croatia and Australia. Her scholarship has been published in Youth Theatre Journal, International Journal of Education and the Arts, RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, The International Journal for Learning through the Arts, Teaching and Teacher Education among others. Her co-authored book, The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collective Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field was published in September of 2014. Her second book, The Drama-Based Pedagogy Handbook, will be completed in 2015.

Drama-based pedagogy – activating learning through the arts seminar

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


5 June 2015

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