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Drama New Zealand Research Archive

The  Drama New Zealand Research archive is a collection of post-graduate theses (Masters and PhD) investigating drama education in a New Zealand context, or theses in international contexts undertaken by New Zealand researchers.  Our intention in creating this collection is to enable teachers and researchers to easily access contemporary and historical New Zealand-based research that will inform their practice and shape their own research endeavours.  If you have a thesis you would like to have included in the archive, we invite you to contact us! We would love to hear from you.



Author Title Key words
Battye, Susan The Impact of the 1978 and 1984 visits of DorothyHeathcoteto New Zealand on Drama in Education.


DorothyHeathcote, SunnyAmey, drama as a medium for learning
Brooks, Zoe Assessing creativity: teachers' perceptions of the effect of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) on teaching and learning in the secondary classroom in New Zealand.  Drama assessment; NCEA; Creativity
Brown, Nicholas The Tempest in the “third space”: finding a place & value for Shakespeare’s play in a bicultural context  Shakespeare; Bicultural drama/theatre; Post-modernism; Culturally responsive pedagogy; Raising Maori achievement
Cody, Tracey-Lynne Drama education in New Zealand schools: the practice of six experienced drama teachers NZ drama education; pedagogy; drama teaching practice; case study; Teacher as artist
Coleman, Claire Engaging Dramatically: A reflective practitioner case study into whether the use of process drama to teach social studies engages Year 10 Pasifika boys. Process drama,Pasifika, Engagement, Identity,Fun
Devery, Luke Troupe Waihi in the light of the vision: A case study of extracurricular dramatic activity as a reflection/extension of the vision of the 2007 New Zealand Curriculum. Extra-curricula drama; community theatre; case study; NZ curriculum
Gilbert, Robert What are the theatrical considerations in writing aplay whichbroadens the debate around transgender issues? Transgender;Crossdressing; Pantomime; Political; Narrative
Hesketh, Michelle Drama as living through history:A reflective practitioner study Reflective practitioner; New Zealand history; Biculturalism; Secondary drama; Drama for learning
Luton, Jane Drama and Theatre in and for Schools: Referencing the nature of theatre in contemporary New Zealand Drama education, History, school productions, NCEA Drama
Moore, Jodie In press
O’Connor, Peter Reflection and Refraction:The dimpled mirror of process drama.how process drama assists people to reflect on their attitudes and behaviours associated with mental illness Process drama, mental illness, applied theatre
Wallis,Caroline  Relational pedagogy in the NewZealand Drama classroom Drama pedagogy, relationalpedagogy, social cultural theory
Wells, Trish Drama as a Tool for Reflection, Understanding and Learning Reflection, reflexivity, learning, collaboration, identity, pedagogy, case study