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

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Journal: 
NJ (Drama Australia Journal)
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Peter O'Connor
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
33
Issue No.: 
1
Page numbers of article: 
19-30
Year of publication: 
2009
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
Australia and New Zealand
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

As Australian national curriculum documents are drawn up and drama educators celebrate the inclusion of the arts in these important documents, this article acts as a cautionary tale. Retelling the New Zealand experience of the implementation of a nationally mandated drama curriculum, the issues created in moving from the edges of curriculum to the centre are discussed. The impact of curriculum on classroom practice, in particular the manner in which it can limit and kill the spirit of working with and to the unexpected, is viewed after nearly nine years of mandated drama curriculum in New Zealand schools.

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