EDF5130 - Drama education in the secondary years B - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Rachel Forgasz

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5129).


This unit builds on student learning in EDF5129 (Drama education in the secondary years A), addressing the theory and practice of secondary school drama education. Students refine their cognitive understandings and develop their pedagogical skills as professional drama educators so they are able to meet the needs of diverse learners. Working collaboratively and exercising intellectual independence, they critically engage with a range of theoretical, philosophical and pragmatic perspectives on drama education, including local and national curriculums. Students explore a range of national and international research in the area of drama education, and they are invited to conduct their own independent research in order to develop their scholarship and professionalism as drama educators and to enable them to continue to build and communicate their developing expertise in a variety of educational settings.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. refine a critical and researched position with respect to fundamental and specialised scholarly concepts in drama education
  2. critically implement the requirements of relevant curriculum documents
  3. independently plan for student learning in secondary drama contexts
  4. design and apply a variety of assessment strategies to evaluate diverse student learning and development in drama
  5. enact a range of planning and teaching strategies in order to meet the needs of a diverse range of student learners, in a variety of practicum settings
  6. adopt and enact a reflective approach to continuous professional development as a professional drama educator.


Presentation task (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Written research task (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-3 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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