EDF5129 - Drama education in the secondary years A - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Rachel Forgasz


Rachel Forgasz

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Minor in drama, performance studies or theatre studies (incl. practical drama)


Enrolment in D3001 BEd(Hons), D3002 to D3009 BEd(Hons)(Secondary doubles), D6001 MTeach




This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5130).


This unit addresses the theory and practice of secondary school drama education. Drawing on a range of national and international research in the area of drama education, it introduces pre-service students to the cognitive and pedagogical skills and theoretical and practice-based knowledge and understandings of the broad field of drama education. It prepares them to plan for drama teaching and learning that will engage diverse secondary student learners. Students critically examine relevant state and national curriculum documents. Working collaboratively and independently, students explore, analyse, synthesise and apply a range of theoretical, philosophical and pragmatic perspectives on drama education.


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

  1. take a critical position with respect to fundamental scholarly concepts in drama education
  2. begin to understand and critically interpret relevant curriculum documents
  3. plan purposefully for student learning in secondary drama contexts
  4. begin to understand a variety of assessment strategies to evaluate diverse student learning and development in drama
  5. begin to enact a range of planning and teaching strategies in order to meet the needs of a diverse range of student learners
  6. begin to adopt and enact a reflective approach to continuous professional development as a professional drama educator.


Teaching task (800 words equivalent, 20%)

Reflective tasks (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

Curriculum task (1600 words, 40%)

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

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

For D3001:

Primary and secondary education

Primary and secondary inclusive education

Secondary education

Secondary health and physical education

For D6001:

Primary and secondary education

Secondary education