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...

Australian Curriculum: The Arts Draft (F-10) Published

The Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (ACARA) has just published the draft of The Arts Curriculum for Foundation to Year 10. This of course includes the subject of Drama, officially one of the five Arts subjects in Australia’s national curriculum (along with Dance, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts). For...

Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts (Published)

In the past few days, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has published the shape paper for the Arts in the upcoming Australian Curriculum. The draft shape paper was released for consultation last October and by January this year had received over 1,600 responses nation-wide. The shape...

Theatre Alive

Live in Melbourne? Like independent theatre? Then you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better one-stop web shop for Melbourne’s vibrant independent theatre scene than Theatre Alive. Developed by Arts Victoria, the Victorian Government’s arts funding and policy body, Theatre Alive was established to fill a need in the market...

Theatre Classification System Radio 2SER

One of the hot topics in the Australian theatre scene at the moment is whether contemporary theatre is pushing the boundaries too far in terms of audience acceptability with graphic scenes involving nudity, violence and sex? I realise many readers of The Drama Teacher may not necessarily agree with...

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