Drama Research Methods: Provocations of Practice

Drama Research Methods: Provocations of Practice

by Brill


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At a time when universities demand immediate and quantifiable impacts of scholarship, the voices of research participants become secondary to impact factors and the volume of research produced. Moreover, what counts as research within the academy constrains practices and methods that may more authentically articulate the phenomena being studied. When external forces limit methodological practices, research innovation slows and homogenizes.

This book aims to address the methodological, interpretive, ethical/procedural challenges and tensions within theatre-based research with a goal of elevating our field’s research practice and inquiry. Each chapter embraces various methodologies, positionalities and examples of mediation by inviting two or more leading researchers to interrogated each other’s work and, in so doing, highlighted current debates and practices in theatre-based research. Topics include: ethics, method, audience, purpose, mediation, form, aesthetics, voice, data generation, and research participants. Each chapter frames a critical dialogue between researchers that take multiple forms (dialogic interlude, research conversation, dramatic narrative, duologue, poetic exchange, etc.).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004389540
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/06/2018
Series: Bold Visions in Educational Research Series , #62
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter Duffy, Ed.D. (2014), University of South Carolina, is an award winning associate professor and heads the Master of Arts in Teaching program in theatre education. His research includes cognition and the arts, culturally responsive pedagogies and performed research.

Christine Hatton, Ph.D. (2005), University of Sydney, is a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. Her scholarly interests include drama, arts education and gender in education.She was awarded the 2014 Faculty of Education and Arts Early Career Research Fellowship.

Richard Sallis, Ph.D., University of Melbourne, is a senior lecturer in arts education at the that university's Graduate School of Education. His research includes arts education, gender and identity, and professional theatre for/with youth. He was the 2012 AATE Distinguished Dissertation Award recipient.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Both/and of Performance Research

 Anne M. Harris


Part 1: Provocations of Design

1. Touchstones of Practice: Consideration from the Theatre Workshop Floor

 George Belliveau and Christine Sinclair

2. Act-ive P-art-icipation: Social Inclusion and Drama Research

 Jo Raphael and Kelly Freebody

3. Learning on the Ground: How Our Research Stories Teach Us about Ethics

 Kathleen Gallagher and Richard Sallis

Part 2: Provocations of Method

4. A Research Tango in Three Moves: Gendering the Drama Research Space

 Christine Hatton and Richard Sallis

5. Three Arts Based Researchers Walk into a Forum: A Conversation on the Opportunities and Challenges in Embodied and Performed Research

 Nisha Sajnani, Richard Sallis and Joe Salvatore

6. Surrender, Pedagogy Ambiguity, Research and Impossibility: Cats @ Play

 Joe Norris, Lynn Fels and Yasmine Kandil

7. Participation in Participatory Drama-Based Research

 Diane Conrad and Janinka Greenwood

Part 3: Provocations of representation

8. How Do Culture and Power Work in and through Drama Research?: An e-Conversation Between

 Selina Busby and Brian S. Heap

9. Representation, Authenticity and the Graphic Novel in Arts Education Inquiry: Transubstantiating Research

 Robin Pascoe and Peter R. Wright

10. Defiant Bodies: A Punk Rock Crip Queer Cabaret: Cripping and Queering Emancipatory Disability Research

 Emma Selwyn and Liselle Terret

Part 4: Provocations of practice

11. We Need to Talk about Theory: Rethinking the Theory/Practice Dichotomy in Pursuit of Rigour in Drama Research

 Helen Cahill, Viv Aitken and Christine Hatton

12. The Stories That Made Us: A Duoethnography on Becoming Reflective Drama Researchers

 Christine Hatton and Peter Duffy

13. Research and Its Impact: A Dramatic Cyber-Dialogue in Three Scenes

 John O’Toole and Peter Duffy

14. Lessons Learned: Provocations of Practice

 Allison Anders, Peter Duffy, Christine Hatton and Richard Sallis

15. Afterword: Well Begun Is Half Done

 Brad Haseman

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