Miss Claire M Coleman

Claire Coleman



Arts and Language Education; Curriculum; Drama; Education; Education Research; Pedagogy; Teacher Education

Process Drama Critical Pedagogy Arts based Methodology Drama in Education Collaborative learning

Qualifications: MEd(Res), PGDipEd, GradDipTchg(Prim), BA, DipPerformArts

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Coleman, Miss Claire 7867 ccoleman TC.3.26 Te Hononga Curriculum and Pedagogy

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Papers Taught

About Claire

I began my career in education as a puppeteer in a disability awareness education programme. Since then I have taught both general primary school and specialist drama in a variety of educational settings. I discovered process drama through my studies in the Postgraduate diploma in Education and went on to gain my Masters in Education at the University of Sydney. I am currently completing my doctorate and remain deeply passionate about education and the potential for drama as both an aesthetic artform and an effective pedagogy.

My doctoral thesis ‘Dancing through the fourth wall’, explores the potential relationship between the principals of critical pedagogy and process drama. Through the metaphor of dance it interrogates the capability of process drama to provide an embodied form of critical pedagogy. Positing that the ambiguities and uncertainties available within the dramatic world provide a playful space within which social constructions of identity and power may be challenged.

Research Supervised

Helen English: The Effect of Arts Education on Cognition in Community Settings MEd

Research Interests

Critical Pedagogy

Process Drama

Applied Theatre


Embodied Learning

Recent Publications

  • Coleman, C., & Davies, K. (2018). Striking gold: Introducing Drama-Maths. Teachers and Curriculum, 18(1), 9-18. doi:10.15663/tandc.v18i1.324 Open Access version:

  • Coleman, C. (2017). Precarious repurposing: learning languages through the Seal Wife. NJ, 41(1), 30-43. doi:10.1080/14452294.2017.1329681

  • Coleman, C. (2017). Hitchin our wagons: Drama Teachers/Drama Researchers. In Drama NZ National Conference. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand.

  • Coleman, C. (2016). Roleing in the river. In Drama New Zealand Conference Journal Vol. 42 (pp. 40-45). Wellington, New Zealand.

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