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Formalising the role of Collaborative Talk in Drama Research

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While spoken language is critical to the art form of drama, within drama research talk is often marginalised. This seminar will highlight the value of formalising the role of conversation in the data analysis stages of qualitative research. In particular it will examine how collaborative dialogue might lead to a “thickening” of the data and the development of outcomes that are reflective of a process that has made use of what Sawyer (2006) calls collaborative creativity. A longitudinal video-ethnography project which examined the dramatic play of one group of preadolescent girls will be used as the focus for this discussion.


Dr Julie Dunn is a senior lecturer within the Applied Theatre department of Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She is the program co-ordinator of the Master of Drama Education (Hong Kong and Brisbane). Julie’s research is focused on play and playfulness in dramatic, actual and virtual worlds.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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