The TheatreSpace Project, Its Partners and Its Purposes

Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 12)


This chapter describes and discusses the TheatreSpace Project and its development from the recruitment of partners to the negotiated design process of the methodology. In the chapter we tell the story of the development of this project and in doing so provide a few of the benefits of the experience to anyone interested in trying a research project on this scale. We provide a narrative of the way the project developed and the various influences that shaped the design and the implementation of the Project. We discuss the way the study evolved from the negotiations with the partners to the development of the research team and the design of the methodology of the project. The chapter concludes with a series of reflections about the design and development of the project with some discussion about what has been learnt through the process. The chapter discusses the successes and some of the difficulties and setbacks to give a sense of the struggle that large scale research projects often entail.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Education and Social WorkThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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