Drama and Curriculum

A Giant at the Door

  • John O’Toole
  • Madonna Stinson
  • Tiina Moore

Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John O’Toole
      Pages 1-7
  3. Background and Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. J. O’Toole
      Pages 11-27
    3. John O’Toole, Madonna Stinson
      Pages 29-45
  4. Theories and Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. John O’Toole, Madonna Stinson
      Pages 49-69
    3. John O’Toole
      Pages 71-95
    4. John O’Toole
      Pages 97-116
    5. John O’Toole
      Pages 117-125
    6. John O’Toole
      Pages 127-143
  5. Drama in Action in Contemporary Curriculum

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. John O’Toole, Madonna Stinson
      Pages 147-167
    3. Tiina Moore
      Pages 183-192
    4. John O’Toole, Madonna Stinson
      Pages 193-209

About this book


Written by drama practitioners/theorists, this book critically investigates the long, complex and ambivalent shared history of drama (and theatre) and education, formal and informal. The broad sweep takes in key historical and contemporary figures and their influences on drama education practice, including the ‘speech and drama’ movement, drama- and theatre-in-education, drama therapy and psychodrama, and emergent forms such as Applied Theatre. In its journey through play in the early years to the play on the stage, the book identifies and explains drama’s four paradigms of purpose: for language, for development, as pedagogy and as art-form. It shows how these interweave in highly intricate ways to provide different kinds of learning for different contexts, and how they sometimes become tangled in practice and theory, in the constant efforts of drama and theatre practitioners to get drama established in the curriculum, and keep it there.


applied theatre curriculum drama drama education education research theatre

Authors and affiliations

  • John O’Toole
    • 1
  • Madonna Stinson
    • 2
  • Tiina Moore
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of MelbourneFitzroy North VIC 3068Australia
  2. 2.National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore 637616Singapore
  3. 3.The University of MelbourneResearch VIC 3095Australia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-9369-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-9370-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1573-4528
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-0069
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