Robin Pascoe

Robin Pascoe
Murdoch University · Education Research Group (ERG)

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January 2002 - present
Murdoch University
Position
  • Senior Lecturer Arts and Drama Education
January 2002 - January 2016
Murdoch University
Position
  • Senior Lecturer Arts and Drama Education

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Publications (38)
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Drama Teacher Education in Australia and perhaps elsewhere is at crossroads. From the establishment of drama teacher education within formal university structures in the mid 20th century until now has been a remarkable success story. But there is rapid and concerning change. For example, indicative of changes in other universities, 2019 was the las...
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This keynote address was presented by Wayne Fairhead for the 1994 National Conference of NADIE, the National Association for Drama in Education (now Drama Australia) held in Fremantle, Western Australia. It explores the concepts of empowerment in drama and theatre education and contextualises Australian curriculum developments in 1994, through shar...
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Arts specialist teachers have a unique place in primary schools. They are often the sole teacher responsible for an entire learning area and hence commonly provide leadership and drive the curriculum implementation of the arts in and for their school. This responsibility finds us asking questions about the ability of arts specialist teachers to cre...
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The landscape of arts education is changing, with an increased focus on collaborative partnerships between schools and arts sectors for the purpose of creating richer arts education − both process and products. Using a combination of phenomenology and autoethnography, this research explores how one particular form of arts education partnerships fun...
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This article reports critical reflections on the history, evolution and future of drama in education In New Zealand and Australia by two veterans of its history. Robin Pascoe and Janinka Greenwood have both been actively involved in national developments and International collaborations for over 40 years and have each played central roles in shapin...
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Purpose, value, and practice are three key concepts in understanding curriculum implementation in arts education. When these three concepts work in harmony, the alignment provides a framework for successful arts curriculum implementation. This study highlights how these concepts are often misaligned with competition between the translation of purpo...
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Chapter from forthcoming book: P. Duffy, C. Hatton, & R. Sallis (Eds.), Drama Research Methods Provocations of Practice. Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV.
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In time-poor and pressured teaching environments, some classroom teachers look for immediate and simple solutions to resourcing their arts teaching. Online platforms, such as Pinterest, seem to offer ready-made answers for these teachers, however, a lack of criticality can underscore the unexamined ‘advantages’ of such accessible resources. Accessi...
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Support, professional guidance and modelling of teaching practice offered by quality mentor teachers are important components in preparing teachers for the profession. Yet research confirms the impact of poor mentoring on pre-service teachers’ developing pedagogy. This paper reports findings from a qualitative study with pre-service drama teachers...
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Pre-service drama teachers enter teacher training with established ideas and beliefs about teaching. These beliefs, based on experience, are informed by many hours spent in schools, and the pedagogies – both effective and ineffective – utilised by their teachers. This research explores the influence of some of these prior experiences on pre-service...
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Chapman, S., Wright, P. R., & Pascoe, R. (2017). “Content without context is noise: Looking for curriculum harmony in primary arts education in Western Australia. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 19(2). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.18113/P8ijea1902
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Arts education in Western Australian primary schools consist of learning opportunities outlined by mandated curriculum. However, assumptions underlying this curriculum involving access, resources and support impact schools' capacity to implement the curriculum without them being adequately addressed by the written curriculum. Drawing on the policy...
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The practicum is widely considered an integral component of pre-service training and an influential induction into the teaching profession. Yet, the practicum is fraught with challenges and literature identifies it to be overwhelming and stressful for pre-service teachers. Building on the work of Gray, Wright, and Pascoe (2017), this article explor...
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Drama education is broad and diverse. As a term, it is differently understood and used according to place, time, culture and practitioner with a range of contrasting, even competing, ways of defining the field and practice. Circumstances, constraints and frames of reference shift what drama education is and how it is realized. In this chapter, we f...
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The practicum is internationally recognised as a valuable component of teacher education. It is an opportunity for pre-service teachers to develop teaching skills in authentic ways and pursue professional inquiry into practice. While extensive research has been conducted into the practicum generally, little research focuses on the practicum experie...
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This paper explores the implications for Initial Teacher Education at Murdoch University of the Western Australian Government decision to require primary school teachers to teach, assess and report the Arts from 2018. Reflecting the Australian Curriculum: The Arts and the Western Australian policy of adopting and adapting the national curriculum, w...
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This article explores the effects of neoliberalism and performative educational cultures on secondary school drama classrooms. We consider the ways Deleuze and Guattari’s schizoanalysis and Butler’s concept of gender performance enable us to chart the embodied, relational, spatial and affective energies that inhabit the often neoliberal and heteros...
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This article examines the intersection between the senior secondary drama classroom, creativity and neoliberalism. Informed by a research project involving fifteen West Australian drama teachers and thirteen students, it considers the drama classroom as one site where tensions between the performative needs of neoliberal education and the more huma...
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This article examines macro, meso, and micro understandings of policy enactment within Western Australian primary school arts education where a new national arts curriculum is being revised and implemented through a process colloquially known as “adopt and adapt.” This article focuses on how a government-led implementation policy has influenced art...
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When economic neoliberalism combines with our ‘age of austerity’ and drives education ‘reform’, profound effects are visible at the macro level. Troublingly, these effects play out at the micro level in the lives of individual teachers and students. Using qualitative data from our research with drama teachers and their students across a variety of...
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This paper explores Deleuze and Guattari’s schizoanalysis in relation to student and teacher becomings and the way these are actualised within the neoliberal and heterosexually striated spaces of the secondary school assemblage. Deleuze and Guattari considered a narrow approach to education problematic and called for creativity as a site of ‘resist...
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In times of rapid change the Arts have been shown to contribute through an array of processes to a range of outcomes that improve social and emotional health. While this observation has caused debates in the field such as, intrinsic versus instrumental value, individuality versus sociality, skill development focus versus broader aesthetic focus/bea...
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Students entering primary teaching programs at Murdoch University have consistently shown anxiety about teaching the arts. They indicate a lack of content knowledge, artistic experiences and pedagogical understanding to effectively teach the arts in schools. The authors report on introducing students to active, hands-on, practical and embodied lear...
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Author's biography Robin Pascoe is Senior Lecturer in Arts Education at Murdoch University where he coordinates Drama and the Curriculum, Learning through the Arts and Primary Curriculum (The Arts). In 2004-05 he Co-directed the National Review of School Music Education (NRSME) and is currently a member of the team conducting the National Review of...
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Abstract: Visual Education is emerging as a field of education driven by changing practice, contemporary society and technology. It recognises that today’s students have an increasing need to be visually proficient within an understanding of aesthetic, artistic and cultural concepts, in order to effectively express themselves and communicate in the...
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The inaugural Drama Australia Drama Teacher Education Symposium at Murdoch University brought together a diverse group of drama educators from all states except Tasmania. As a round table discussion focused on sharing current practice and looking for trends, the value of bringing together this common interest group was strongly recognised by partic...
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Mobile learning is not pervasive in higher education and yet its potential is enormous. This paper describes a project to instigate mobile learning in a School of Education using a whole-of-school approach to technological literacy and professional learning among academic staff. The project involves supporting every academic in the School to use an...
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As digital technology and globalisation not only reshape the way we work but also how we conceive, think, experience and act, Visual Education emerges as a field of education that conceptually and organisationally responds to these new developments. Visual Education essentially unifies traditional and emerging disciplines by the primacy of the visu...
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As part of an Australian national response to the global reassessment of the value and purpose of arts in schools, and society more generally, the Australian Government recently commissioned two important reviews: the National Review of School Music Education (2005) and the National Review of Education in Visual Arts, Craft, Design and Visual Commu...

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Master of Education (Research) project that aims to explore the ways in which drama education may affect peer relationships between culturally diverse students. In collaboration with the Edmund Rice Centre (WA).