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Teaching Drama in Secondary Schools (EDN552)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal
Description This unit prepares students for teaching Drama in secondary schools, introducing students to planning, teaching, learning and assessment strategies of drama and the arts. The unit explores drama as an art form: drama elements, conventions, styles, forms, technologies, skills and processes together with its historical, social and cultural contexts. It focuses on understanding drama curriculum and drama teaching in contemporary contexts and integrates theory with practical strategies and approaches for effective drama teaching and learning.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be ready to teach drama in secondary schools and able to demonstrate understanding and application of:
1. Drama elements, concepts, content and practice relevant to Senior Secondary Drama
2. Secondary Drama curriculum structures and practice (including the Western Australian Senior Secondary Drama Syllabus in the context of the P-10 Drama Syllabus and The Australian Curriculum: The Arts)
3. Drama Teaching Strategies
a. Age and developmentally appropriate drama teaching strategies (including managing drama and safe practice) designed to progress senior secondary student learning in drama
b. Planning and implementing learning sequences for senior secondary drama that provide challenge for students, address curriculum with a range of contemporary strategies (including ICT)
c. Assessing, evaluating, moderating and reporting drama achievement teaching senior secondary drama in outcomes focused schools
d. Evaluating drama teaching programs to improve student learning
4. Belonging to a community of arts and drama teachers and developing a sense of identity as a drama educator
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops/practicals: 1 x 3 hours per teaching week held in Drama Workshop; tutorials: 1 hour per teaching week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students complete practical workshops in drama designed to address drama knowledge, skills and processes from the perspective of teaching them.
They complete drama performance projects relevant to their future teaching.
Other Learning Experiences One performance per semester (with associated rehearsals).
Assessment Assessment Tasks:
Participation and Attendance (P/F) based on completion of a BLOG on LMS
Professional Plan (Lesson Plan) - 25%
Case Story Assignment - 25%
Performance - 25%
Examination - 25%
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary); successful completion of, or enrolment in EDN550 Transition to Teaching OR BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work OR EDU101/EDU1011 Introduction to Teaching; a degree in Drama relevant to high school Drama teaching
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDU204 Drama and the Curriculum (Secondary), EDN312/EDN412 Drama and the Curriculum (Secondary) may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Mr Robin Pascoe
Snr Lecturer Education

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7448
e: R.Pascoe@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.007 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Mr Robin Pascoe
Snr Lecturer Education

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7448
e: R.Pascoe@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.007 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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