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Teaching communication skills through drama | How to engage young children in learning

21 July 2016

An Arts and Creative Education Research Network event with Dr Madonna Stinson

This two-presentations-in-one event will feature guest speaker Griffith University senior lecturer and internationally renowned researcher of arts curriculum development and drama pedagogy Dr Madonna Stinson. The presentations will be followed by lunch for the purpose of discussing the proposal to establish a Centre for Creativity Research, Engaging the Arts and Transforming Education (CREATE) at the faculty. This centre will bring together teachers, scholars and researchers from across the university and community to engage in research and practice focusing on the role of creativity and the arts in education.

ENHANCING AND SUPPORTING ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS THROUGH DRAMA PEDAGOGY
This presentation considers the growing interest in speaking and oral communication. Queensland educators are uneasy about recent Australian Early Development Census data that reveals oral communication is increasingly an area of vulnerability for children commencing schooling. This is a particularly concerning development when, at the other end of the education spectrum, the Monash University Employer Survey (2007) placed oral communication skills as number one of their foundation skills, as did the University of South Australia Employer Survey (2008). Dr Stinson will draw on a range of studies where drama pedagogy has been used, in first- and second-language settings, to develop oral communication skills. She will outline the qualities of drama pedagogy that enhance and support oral-language learning.

THE FOUNDATION YEARS: ENGAGING LEARNERS IN LEARNING
This presentation will draw on two recent and ongoing research projects in Queensland: "Age Appropriate Pedagogies (AAP)"; and "200 Children’s Voices". In the pilot phase of the AAP program, Dr Stinson's research team was commissioned by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to work with 36 schools across Queensland to investigate means of enhancing pedagogies in the early years. Alongside this study, the Metropolitan DET Region in Brisbane commissioned the team to interview 200 children, between the ages of 3 and 8, to hear what they had to say about learning. Dr Stinson will share some of the key messages from both these studies and discuss current and emerging directions for the AAP program in Queensland.

Event details

  • When: 11am–1pm

  • Where: Room 452, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free but please RSVP for catering purposes.

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing robyn.ewing@sydney.edu.au.

  • Contact: Robyn Ewing AM
    Professor of Education and the Arts
    T: +61 2 93513846
    E: robyn.ewing@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: The presentations will be followed by lunch for the purpose of discussing the proposal to establish a Centre for Creativity Research, Engaging the Arts and Transforming Education (CREATE) at the faculty.

  • Speaker/ Performer: Madonna Stinson is a former primary and secondary teacher, and head teacher of performing arts, who has become internationally recognised for her teaching and research in arts curriculum development and drama pedagogy, including drama, language learning and oral communication. Dr Stinson is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University in Queensland. She has contributed to a wide range of publications and books, which span early childhood settings through to university and community settings including: Drama and Second Language Learning (2014); Drama and Curriculum: The Giant at the Door (2009); Young Audiences, Theatre and the Cultural Conversation (2014); Literacy in the Arts (2014); How Drama Activates Learning (2013); Children, Meaning-Making and the Arts (2012); and The International Handbook of Arts Education (forthcoming). Dr Stinson was awarded life membership of Drama Queensland in 2014 for her contribution to drama.


Teaching communication skills through drama | Supercharged learning in young children

Where Room 452, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

21 July 2016


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