UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Journal: 
NJ (Drama Australia Journal)
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Jo Raphael
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
32
Issue No.: 
1
Page numbers of article: 
21-34
Year of publication: 
2009
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

In 2006 Drama Australia launched the VINE Project, bringing together groups of drama students within schools, universities and the broader community to make group performances based on a common theme. Using the VINE Project's multi-user blogging environment, groups or individuals maintained blogs of their performance-making processes. This allowed the work to be shared within the VINE Project community and potentially a world-wide audience. This paper contributes to the discussion on the applications of information and communication technologies (ICT) in drama and theatre education. It considers the blog, emerging from youth web-culture, as a space for groups and individuals to reflect upon performance-making processes. A range of VINE Project participants was asked to reflect and comment upon the performance-making and blogging experience. This paper presents emerging understandings of the role of blogs in encouraging reflection, in creating a sense of group identity and significance, in validating performance-making processes and in building a sense of connection and community among student performance- makers.

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