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posted on 2014-12-15, 00:00 authored by Michelle Ludecke
'The First Time' employs performed research to investigate the 'firsts' of twelve first year teachers in Victorian schools. Based on interview data generated over the period of a year, the performance highlights 'firsts' as epiphanic or revelatory moments of professional identity transformation. The performance is crafted to reflect the fluid and unpredictable nature of teachers' professional identity. 'The First Time' uses only the words of the teachers, and is performed by teachers - including first year teachers. It reveals the destabilising effects of contextual factors on teachers' professional identity. Status and belonging are positioned within survival, liminal, and hegemonic discourses, and expressed through artefacts as symbols of belonging. The low status ascribed to contractual work underpins beginning teachers' commitment to the profession.
The premier performance (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB1ED0FDEF2AA8836) was initially devised to analyse the interview data through the process of scripting, rehearsal, and performance. This version sees the addition of a concluding dance work, which reflects the results of the research. The voices of the participants from their interview recordings shape the dance work.
Performed by: Melissa Learmonth, Beaux Glenn, Arna Pletes, Krystal Holzer, Ashlea Thompson, Tom Ellis, Lauren Wallis, Fiona McGrath, and Claire Hesse.

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Event

Artistry, Performance and Scholarly Inquiry (APSI) Symposium

Publisher

University of Melbourne

Location

The University of Melbourne

Place of publication

Melbourne Australia

Start date

2014-07-02

End date

2014-07-04

Language

Eng

Publication classification

J2 Minor original creative work

Copyright notice

2014, University of Melbourne

Extent

Video footage of the Invited Symposium. Introduction by George Belliveau & Christine Sinclair. Discussants Rita Irwin & John O'Toole.

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