Rachael Jacobs, Robyn Ewing, Juliana M. Saxton and Carole Miller: Embracing tyrannies?: Critical moments and challenging paradigms in drama assessment

Assessment is often thought to be the enemy of creativity, with its tyrannical hold over teaching and learning, and its friends ‘quality assurance’ and ‘accountability’. Yet in educational spaces, drama assessment must take place

Assessment is often thought to be the enemy of creativity, with its tyrannical hold over teaching and learning, and its friends ‘quality assurance’ and ‘accountability’. Yet in educational spaces, drama assessment must take place. Further to that, it must find its place facilitating creative work and upholding the integrity of the artform. This panel presents four snapshots of practice in which assessment has been successful in bridging the distance between the ethereal experiences of drama and the communication of its values and driving agendas.

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Rachael Jacobs:
A lecturer in Creative Arts Education at Western Sydney University, current Director of Research for Drama Australia, a community activist, a freelance writer, practicing dancer and choreographer.

Juliana Saxton and Carole Miller:
Professors Emerti at the University of Victoria. They have been co- publishing, researching and teaching nationally and internationally for over 25 years. They chaired IDIERI 2 in 1997 and have presented at all Institutes.

Robyn Ewing AM:
Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, University of Sydney. She has worked in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company on the teacher professional learning program School Drama since 2009. Robyn is a council member of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), an Honorary Associate with Sydney Theatre, Board member of WestWords and Visiting Scholar at Barking Gecko Theatre.

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Ben Waters is political adviser and consultant in the UK and Australia advising senior politicians on a variety of policy and political issues. Ben has worked in a variety of project, policy and political roles for Australian and British politicians and not-for-profit organisations. Ben has an interest in the link between drama theory and political activism, particularly Boal's techniques using theatre as means of promoting social and political change. Ben has a degree in Politics and History from the University of Adelaide and has a keen interest in Australian and British national politics as well as international development and refugee issues.