Annie Babingtion, PhD Candidate, the Faculty of Education and Social Work

University of Sydney

In conversation with Dr Paul Gardiner, Director of Research, Drama Australia.

How is your research affecting your practice?

Currently, I am a Head Teacher Creative Arts.  One thing [my research] has done for me is, looking at excellence in the arts, is that it has shown the benefit of teachers being artists ourselves. In my Faculty all Visual arts teachers practice their art, most of the Music faculty are practising musicians, and in the Drama faculty, we have trained actors. And the idea is that, with the senior students, we treat them as artists, allowing us to take the work to a more serious level and do more abstract work and it forces them to take the work to another level.

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