From helpful list to enlisting support

From helpful list to enlisting support

Drama Victoria’s 180+  HELPFUL LINKS webpage is accessible to everyone.

The categories by which the Association organises the links are:

  • Teaching Ideas
  • Online Resources
  • Academic Research
  • Stagecraft
  • Value of Arts Education
  • General Arts Comments
  • General Education Comments
  • Inspiration
  • Silliness

ACADEMIC RESEARCH and VALUE OF ARTS EDUCATION are the two obvious categories in which to find materials that can be exploited for advocacy purposes. However, I have also found evidence, exemplars and ‘copy’ under other categories, for instance, from newspapers and arts education blogs.  I believe they deserve a second (or third or more) study by teachers to substantiate the value of drama education in their local context.

I group my findings under the following six sources: (1) academic research;(2) arts and education blogs by organisations;(3) arts and education blogs by individual teachers and drama practitioners;(4) theatre company links;(5) news media links and links to (6) key education issues impacting on the teaching and learning of drama education in schools.

Strategies for implementing in classrooms, schools and community can be accessed by clicking on the any of the six categories in the next section. In the process, I have also created different templates which you can download and personalise

ACADEMIC RESEARCH

Significant reports and papers commissioned to study the value of arts education. The three examples I explore is in the use of these reports for

  • ‘signposting’ information in the classroom, for example, as infographic posters;
  • building a collegiate network at the locally;
  • source ‘copy’ and quotes for school newsletters.

BLOGS BY ORGANISATIONS

Arts and education blogs by dedicated organisations focus on the value of arts education. The three examples I explore are

  • the use of archived articles collected on an arts education theme, for instance, by Edutopia ;
  • drama education businesses teaching drama skills in the community such as Theatrefolk;
  • free articles on drama education posted education websites such as ACER (Australian Council For Educational Research).

BLOGS BY INDIVIDUALS

Arts and education blogs by dedicated individuals focused on the value of arts education through their own practice. The examples I explore are

  • the sharing of lesson plans online to spread the message; and
  • using personal scenarios on how to be more effective communicators for the arts.

THEATRE LINKS

Theatre companies and art centres offer many resources on the value of arts education. The examples I explore are 

  • making the most of going to the theatre event; and
  • creating curiosity and interest through theatre history provocations.

NEWS MEDIA LINKS

As we know, news media channels are particularly good at framing controversy and conflict, including the ‘fight’ around arts education  The examples I explore are 

  • using news media controversies to stage a local debate on the value of arts education;  and
  • devising a media strategy to report your students’ and your own achievements in more ways than just at school production time. 

STEM TO STEAM ISSUES

I believe, it’s important at this time to better understand the work being done in STEM education and what’s behind the arguments for transforming STEM to STEAM . The examples I explore are 

  • the framing of the current STEM initiative; and
  • how to get involved in solving why science, mathematics and technology education is in need of more engaging methods to ensure their students succeed in their subjects.

Exploring strategies

In the next blog, I want to look at how to make the most of the evidence from academic research to support your teaching. I’m convinced that the best way to begin maximising the power of the evidence is to work collaboratively with other staff to enjoy the task as part of your professional reading, one which should be documented and added to your professional profile as part of your curriculum vitae and the regime that is mandated for teacher registration. Look forward to hearing about what you think of my suggestions.