NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ856894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Resilience or Resistance? The Value of Subject Knowledge for Drama Teachers
Kempe, Andy
Research in Drama Education, v14 n3 p411-428 Aug 2009
This paper reports on research undertaken into what secondary school drama teachers think they need to possess in terms of subject knowledge in order to operate effectively as drama specialists. "Subject knowledge" is regarded as being multi-faceted, and the paper considers how drama teachers prioritise its different aspects. A discussion of what "subject knowledge" may be seen to encompass reveals interesting tensions between aspects of professional knowledge that are prescribed by government policy and local context, and those that are valued by individual teachers and are manifest in their construction of a professional identity. The paper proposes that making judgements that associate propositional and substantive knowledge with traditionally held academic values as "bad" or "irrelevant" to drama education, and what Foucault has termed "subjugated knowledge" (i.e. local, vernacular, enactive knowledge that eludes inscription) as "good" and more apposite to the work of all those involved in drama education, fails to reflect the complex matrices of values that specialists appear to hold. While the reported research focused on secondary school drama teachers in England, Bourdieu's conception of field and habitus is invoked to suggest a model which recognises how drama educators more generally may construct a professional identity that necessarily balances personal interests and beliefs with externally imposed demands. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)