Teaching for complex systems thinking.

I am really enjoying this new book by Rosemary Hipkins from NZCER, which explores the kind of complex systems thinking students need for success in the twenty-first century. Many will be familiar with Hipkins’ scholarly work on key competencies, science education, assessment, and curriculum integration. She’s a super smart thinker herself (and yes, she’s also…

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Routledge Companion to Drama in Education

This significant new textbook on drama education research includes several chapters about Mantle of the Expert (and other Dramatic Inquiry approaches) written by teachers and academics from Aotearoa. Great to get this kind of international recognition for our local mahi. Check out the contents page at this link. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Drama-in-Education/McAvoy-OConnor/p/book/9780367430450 Scholarly texts like this tend to…

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Winter school 2022

Very excited to share information about this year’s Winter School in Mantle of the Expert to be held in July in Hamilton. This year, for the first time, there will be TWO courses available to choose from – one on the foundations of Mantle of the Expert, with an introduction to planning and the other…

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New Dramatic Inquiry website coming soon

The DI Network Aotearoa has used some of its Networks of Expertise (NEX) funding to set up a new website, to be launched soon. Here’s a glimpse of the cover page (still in development). The new site will be dedicated to the work of the DI Trust including NEX funded projects. It will include: information…

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HNS inquiry into supporting and assessing dramatic play

Yr 1 children at HNS play ‘hairdressers’ Over the last three years I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Hillcrest Normal School in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. The whole staff has explored Dramatic Inquiry in its various forms and the school now has DI embedded into its local curriculum. Our work together resulted in a number…

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DI cluster zui term 1 2022

Cluster hui are friendly, low key gatherings for teachers interested in Mantle of the Expert and other Dramatic Inquiry approaches. They are hosted by fellow teachers with experience and passion for DI. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced practitioner, clusters are a great opportunity to meet like-minded folk and gain some informal PLD.…

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Link up with ‘Heathcote Now’ conference

On Sunday 10th October, eight members of our NZ Dramatic Inquiry community enjoyed the opportunity to link up over zoom with presenters at the ‘Heathcote now’ conference in the UK. It was really great to have this exchange, which allowed us to mark the 10th anniversary of Heathcote’s passing. Those around the table at the…

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Dramatic Inquiry Network’s first AGM

The first AGM of the Dramatic Inquiry Network Aotearoa Trust was held on Sunday 10th October 2021. The meeting took place over zoom immediately after our link up to the UK ‘Heathcote now’ conference, and those who had been in the previous meeting arrived at the AGM already buzzy and excited. Viv A read a…

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Dramatic Inquiry Symposium postponed until October 2022

When Covid interrupted our planned DI Symposium for October 2021, the organising team initially hoped to reschedule for January. However, the dates were not available, and Covid has continued to spread. So, we are rain checking the event until the October school holidays in 2022 – hopefully back at beautiful Whāngārā. We are really sorry…

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