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Performing beginning teachers’ ‘firsts’: exploring a theatre-based research method

Ludecke, Michelle 2013, Performing beginning teachers’ ‘firsts’: exploring a theatre-based research method, in IDEA 2013 : Proceedings of the 8th Drama and Education World Congress, [The Congress], [Paris, France], pp. 1-21.

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Title Performing beginning teachers’ ‘firsts’: exploring a theatre-based research method
Author(s) Ludecke, Michelle
Conference name Drama and Education. World Congress (8th : 2013 : Paris, France)
Conference location Paris, France
Conference dates 8-12 Jul. 2013
Title of proceedings IDEA 2013 : Proceedings of the 8th Drama and Education World Congress
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2013
Conference series Drama and Education World Congress
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Publisher [The Congress]
Place of publication [Paris, France]
Summary Theatre-based research methods have been employed in a variety of ways to transcend more traditional research methods, and bring research findings to a broader and relevant audience. Performing research to an 'expert' audience is transformative in nature. The audience share a collective understanding of the material presented, where their understandings can be challenged or confirmed. The ethical responsibilities of the theatre-based researcher are therefore paramount in presenting the research in a manner that respects the research participants, and allows the audience to make informed judgements.This paper outlines my experience in devising and performing 'The First Time' - a performance about twelve beginning teachers' firsts. The performance was constructed from their interview data and performed by teachers - most of who are drama teachers – in order to sensitively represent the real stories of the research participants. The research was framed within a practice theory approach (Schatzki 2001) with a focus on the transformation of practices situated within a particular time and place. The method of performing the research to an 'expert' audience of performing arts practitioners, teachers, and teacher educators created an opportunity for both the transformation of teaching practice and the transformation of theatre.The research findings focus on the importance of creativity and flexibility in an approach to both research and teaching. The outcomes of my research have implications for theatre-based researchers, as well as teacher educators, in-service teachers, and beginning teachers. All these practitioners are continually negotiating the waters of their ever-changing professions.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
Copyright notice ©2013, IDEA
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069066

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