24 July - 25 July 2021

What is it?
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 University of South Australia-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 and with a specific focus on building success in learning for all students.

Led by experienced CBL facilitators, Dr Belinda MacGill, Kerrin Rowlands and Eliza Lovell, this two-day institute 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. 

Presented by:

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 Research in Educational and Social Inclusion Concentration (RESI). 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 (CBL). She is the program development manager for the Developing Effective Arts Learning (DEAL) 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 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 + public pedagogy. Eliza has been involved in Creative Body Based Learning (CBL) since 2014 beginning with Katie Dawson’s initial visit to Adelaide, South Australia.

She designs and facilitates numerous arts education programs for Carclew and is Codirector 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

In 2015 – 2017 Kerrin and Eliza were lead Teaching Artists in the CBL project in collaboration with DfE, Carclew, UniSA, University of Texas with a focus on improving student engagement in Mathematics across multiple low SES primary schools in Adelaide. In 2017, they travelled to Austin to deliver at the Drama for Schools, Summer Institute at the University of Texas and have contributed to Professor Katie Dawson’s next book, outlining their experience as Teaching Artists working with drama-based pedagogy in South Australia.



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