03 December 2021

‘Creative and Body-Based Learning (CBL): A Professional Learning Institute for Developing Effective Arts Pedagogies.’

Creative and Body-based Learning (CBL) utilises active and arts-based approaches to engage students in academic, affective and aesthetic learning across all areas of the curriculum. The Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion and UniSA Education Futures will be conducting the Creative and Body-based Learning Institute: Developing Effective Arts Pedagogies for both new and experienced teachers, teaching artists, school leaders and academics with a specific focus on building success in learning for all students dialogic meaning-making through DAR. This is based on Professor Katie Dawson’s work from the University of Texas.

Led by experienced CBL facilitators, Dr Belinda MacGill, Kerrin Rowlands and Eliza Lovell, this workshop explores CBL learning design through categories; Activating Dialogue, Theatre Game as Metaphor, Image Work and Role Work involving individual strategies and the practice of dialogic meaning-making through DAR. This is based on Professor Katie Dawson’s work from the University of Texas.

Dr Belinda MacGill

Dr Belinda MacGill is a Senior Lecturer in Arts Education at the University of South Australia Education Futures and a full member of the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion. Dr MacGill’s research interests draw upon the fields of Indigenous education, postcolonial theory, visual methodologies, arts pedagogy; and critical race theory. Much of her work is focused on decolonisation through arts based pedagogies and creative methodologies.

Kerrin Rowlands

Kerrin Rowlands is a lecturer in Arts Education at the University of South Australia. She has taught extensively in schools, universities and arts education organisations. She works with government and education departments as a professional learning program coordinator in arts education and as a Teaching Artist in dance and Creative Body-based Learning. She is the program development manager for the Developing Effective Arts Learning program for Carclew, DfE. Kerrin’s research focuses on the enactment of dance in the school curriculum and Creative and Body-based Learning pedagogies. Her current PhD research investigates how teachers can prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content in the new Australian dance curriculum.

Eliza Lovell

Eliza Lovell is a performer, theatre maker, audio describer and arts educator. She graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 1992 with BA Hons Drama (first class) and her work incorporates Community and Cultural Development, child-led arts practice and public pedagogy. Eliza has been involved in Creative Body Based Learning since 2014 beginning with Associate Professor Katie Dawson’s initial visit to Adelaide, South Australia. She designs and facilitates numerous arts education programs for Carclew and is Co-director of STORY TROVE. STORY TROVE engages play making with and for young people, along with providing professional learning and arts education explorations and opportunities to educators, schools, childcare centres and tertiary institutions. For more information: www.storytrove.com.au

All the facilitators have led workshops at the Drama for Schools, Summer Institute at the University of Texas, Austin and have contributed to Associate Professor Katie Dawson’s next book, outlining their experience as Teaching Artists and academics working with drama-based pedagogy in South Australia



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