The Routledge Companion to Drama in Education is a comprehensive reference guide to this unique performance discipline, focusing on its process-oriented theatrical techniques, engagement of a broad spectrum of learners, its historical roots as a field of inquiry and its transdisciplinary pedagogical practices.

The book approaches drama in education (DE) from a wide range of perspectives, from leading scholars to teaching artists and school educators who specialise in DE teaching. It presents the central disciplinary conversations around key issues, including best practice in DE, aesthetics and artistry in teaching, the histories of DE, ideologies in drama and education, and concerns around access, inclusivity and justice.

Including reflections, lesson plans, programme designs, case studies and provocations from scholars, educators and community arts workers, this is the most robust and comprehensive resource for those interested in DE’s past, present and future.

chapter |6 pages

We contain multitudes

An introduction

part I|144 pages

Boundaries and contours

chapter 5|12 pages

“Creating conditions for the emergence of the as-yet-unimagined”

Drama in education as artistic pedagogy

chapter 6|15 pages

Whose enlightened pedagogy?

A historical mini-tour of the educating process of drama

chapter 7|14 pages

Reimagining drama in education

Towards a postdramatic pedagogy

chapter 9|7 pages

In the spaces for play

Learning in Mantle of the Expert

chapter 10|5 pages

Critical process drama framework

chapter 11|15 pages

Humanizing education with dramatic inquiry

In dialogue with Dorothy Heathcote's radical and transformative pedagogy

chapter 12|14 pages

Assessment in drama education

part II|346 pages

Methods, programmes, and partnerships

chapter 13|13 pages

Drama as a pedagogy of connection

Using Heathcote's rolling role system to activate the ethical imagination

chapter 15|3 pages

Drama for climate change education

chapter 16|10 pages

Storytelling theatre and education

chapter 17|4 pages

An imagined cultural identity

Reflections on a classroom drama How Wang-fo Was Saved

chapter 19|7 pages

‘Do Something Different…’

A teaching inquiry into the use of Mantle of the Expert to support struggling writers

chapter 20|13 pages

A dramatic approach to teaching tough topics

Using children's literature and drama to explore the refugee and migrant experience

chapter 23|7 pages

Bodies at play

Body image and the young actor

chapter 24|4 pages

Little Red and the Wolf

Devising with young people at Eastlake Park

chapter 26|14 pages

Accessible for all

Drama-based pedagogy in an inclusive primary school

chapter 27|12 pages

Harnessing the power of Flight

Devising responsive theatre for the very young

chapter 29|13 pages

Mixed methods in drama education research

A project autopsy

chapter 30|14 pages

Dramatic approaches in the English classroom

Embodied, agentic and aesthetic learning

chapter 32|7 pages

Boal in the Philippine classroom

Using Theatre of the Oppressed in teaching literature

chapter 35|7 pages

Humanizing the curriculum

Exploring the use of drama pedagogy in faculty development

chapter 39|6 pages

Real for me

Co-creation drama negotiating safer sexual boundaries

chapter 40|17 pages

The elements of drama in second language education

An intercultural perspective

chapter 42|14 pages

Drama for cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD)

Applying drama with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australian educational settings

chapter 44|17 pages

‘It Lifts Up Your Imagination’

Drama-rich pedagogy, literature and literacy: the School Drama programme

chapter 45|5 pages

Daring to be different

Drama as a tool for empowering the teachers of tomorrow

chapter 47|6 pages

Challenging your students, challenging yourself

The golden opportunity of being an in-school drama educator today

chapter 49|4 pages

Looking back and forward

Reflecting on my facilitation as a drama in education teacher and facilitator at Lupane State University in Zimbabwe

chapter 50|9 pages

Mei Ling, Mary, and Michaela

Mapping drama teaching journeys

part III|76 pages

Futures and possibilities

chapter 52|11 pages

Evolution, diffusion and disturbance

Drama, education and technology

chapter 54|14 pages

Digital bodies/live space

How digital technologies might inform gesture, space, place, and the performance of identity in contemporary drama education experiences

chapter 55|8 pages

Playing with theatre

There can be a place for childhood in the favela

chapter 56|11 pages

Numbers count

Quantitative research in drama education