Drama Teachers - How do they Change, Succeed and Survive?

By John Holmes.

Published by The Arts Collection

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A series of interviews were conducted in order to explore issues crucial to both the survival and the success of long-term secondary drama teacher in the classroom. The interviews were free-ranging and lengthy, with considerable participation by the interviewers. A previous study found that successful teachers with a commitment to the craft of drama followed their passion into new opportunities outside teaching. Following on from that earlier work, this paper argues that the successful survival of this more recent cohort was grounded in the world of teaching. The subjects demonstrate an ability and desire to change within the school setting. They were committed to drama, but more particularly they were committed to teaching.

Keywords: Teaching, Drama

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.11-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 530.045KB).

Prof. John Holmes

Associate Head of School, School of Education, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Assoc Prof. John Holmes was a secondary school drama teacher, adviser and statewide education consultant before becoming a university drama education lecturer. His doctoral thesis analysed the evolving genre of Physical Theatre. Currently he is Associate Head of School of a School of Education which prepares teachers for all levels of education from birth to adult and vocational. In between his teaching and administrative roles he is writing a history of drama education in South Australia.


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