• Friday Essay: The Arts And Our Still-Born National Identity

    Stephen Sewell, National Institute of Dramatic Art The debate about culture in Australia typically follows a familiar pattern: a commentator laments declining cultural standards and narrowing opportunities and looks for someone to blame. The usual suspects scatter, leaving the artists to respond by pointing to inadequate funding and whining...

  • Creativity and Arts Education Petition UNESCO

    The member states of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, are meeting over the next couple of weeks at the General Conference. UNESCO’s work is prioritised into 48 different areas, of which the creativity program (under which arts education falls) is currently ranked at the very...

  • Assessment Rubrics In Drama

    Six years ago I threw away all assessment rubrics for every task at all years levels of drama at my school. Radical. Every teacher knows what a rubric is and nearly every drama teacher I know uses them with their students. But I hate them. Rubrics do my head...

  • Revised Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts

    Just published is the official Revised Draft of The Arts in the Australian Curriculum for Years F-10 (Foundation to Year 10). Last year the first draft of The Arts (including Drama) was published and commented upon by members of the education community with suggestions for further improvement. The revised...

  • Drama Studies Offer Skills For Life

    The last two nights I have had parent-teacher interviews at my school and nearly every interview concerning students in my junior classes focused on what wasn’t going to be on the semester report … the life skills drama studies offer young people. My school is an all girls school and students arrive...

  • VCE Drama and Theatre Studies Enrolments 2005-2011

    For teachers in Victoria, Australia, here’s the enrolment numbers of students in the various units of VCE Drama and Theatre Studies over the past seven years. From the tables below, one is able to determine a number of factors and patterns in both of these senior studies in our...

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