Dr Claire M Coleman

Claire Coleman

Lecturer; Academic Co-ordinator of Graduate Diploma of Primary Teaching

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

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.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Annette Thomson

Mong Na Boon

Helen English: The Effect of Arts Education on Cognition in Community Settings MEd Completed February 2019

PhD Supervision: Dawn Lawrence

Research Interests

Critical Pedagogy

Process Drama

Applied Theatre


Embodied Learning

Recent Publications

  • Coleman, C. (2020). Learnings through explorations of the teaching space: Creating climates of collaboration. Teachers and Curriculum, 20(1), 9-12. doi:10.15663/tandc.v20i1.347

  • Coleman, C., & Luton, J. (2019). O Brave New World? The role of Arts Education as presented in the film Hunky Dory. In D. Conrad, & M. Prendergast (Eds.), Teachers and Teaching on Stage and on Screen Dramatic Depictions. Intellect (UK).

  • Coleman, C. (2019). Dancing through the fourth wall: Process drama as an enactment of critical pedagogy. (PhD Thesis, University of Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from

  • 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:

Find more research publications by Claire Coleman


Arts and Language Education; Curriculum; Drama; Education; Education Research; Emotional Intelligence; Pedagogy; Schools (Primary/Secondary); Teacher Education

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

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Coleman, Miss Claire 7867 ccoleman TC.3.26 Education, School of (SOE)

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