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Critical Plays

Embodied Research for Social Change

  • Anne Harris
  • Christine Sinclair

Part of the Social Fictions Series book series (SFS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 1-8
  3. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 9-11
  4. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 13-13
  5. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 15-27
  6. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 51-57
  7. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 59-69
  8. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 71-72
  9. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 73-85
  10. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 87-89
  11. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 91-102
  12. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 103-115
  13. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 117-120
  14. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 121-128
  15. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 143-152
  16. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 153-158
  17. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 167-168
  18. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 169-176
  19. Anne Harris, Christine Sinclair
    Pages 177-181
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 183-188

About this book

Introduction

Critical Plays is the systematic study of one (fictional) classroom culture populated by six students and their two professors, imaginatively conceived from interviews, experience, observation and thematic analysis, and shaped into performance text.  This play-as-research-text aims to provide an encounter both creative and scholarly for readers. The characters who populate it are drawn from the authors’ lived experiences as researchers, teachers, and performance makers.  The characters are drawn from the fields of health, performance studies, education and leadership studies to remind readers of the political, social and scholarly power of creative research approaches. The text also attests to the potential of integrating emotion and relationality in the research space. This text is a must-read for qualitative researchers and students of health sciences, communications, interdisciplinary ethnography, rhetoric, education, sociology, drama and theatre arts. Relevant to the lives of an emerging generation of researchers and students, this text highlights new methodological pathways that are open to them as they begin their own scholarly undertakings in a rapidly-evolving global research landscape. It also poses serious questions about education, identity and creativity that readers can reflect on. Written with humor and passion, students will enjoy reading excerpts aloud in class, or on their own. This play can be read or performed purely for pleasure, or used as a class text in courses that address qualitative research methods, performance studies, education, teacher training, pedagogy and curriculum, arts-informed inquiry and research ethics.  

Anne Harris, PhD is a playwright and scholar who addresses themes of diversity, creativity and gender in her work.

Chris Sinclair is Head of drama education at the University of Melbourne. She is also a freelance community artist who draws on research in her arts practice and the arts in her research.

Keywords

classroom culture health sciences qualitative research

Authors and affiliations

  • Anne Harris
    • 1
  • Christine Sinclair
    • 2
  1. 1.Monash UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.University of MelbourneAustralia

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