Research

Western Edge Youth Arts is a national leader in artist-led research. Working in partnerships with the University of Melbourne and Deakin University we have published ten different peer-reviewed articles and chapters in prestigious national and international books and journals.

Western Edge has pioneered innovative qualitative research approaches, based on the important principle that young people should be able to define their experience of and learning in the arts, on their own terms.

Recent publications include innovative approaches to Shakespeare, published in the journal of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English 2014 and an article analysing the audience response to fate in Applied Theatre Researcher 2015.

Western Edge is currently in a research partnership with Victoria University to the examine literacy outcomes of our innovative drama / creative writing program.

List of Publications

  • 2014 ‘Come You Spirits’ Shakespeare, Mythology and Process Drama. Kelman and Rafe. English In Australia Journal of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English: Vol 49 Issue 3, 2014.
  • 2013 Playing on the great stage of fools: Shakespeare and dramaturgic pedagogy. Kelman and Rafe. Research In Drama Education. Routledge: (Vol 18: 3)
  • 2013 Drama, Cultural Leadership and Reflective Practice: Taking the Road to Zamunda. Sinclair and Kelman, in Anderson and Dunn Eds. ‘How Drama Activates Learning, Contemporary Research and Practice’. London: Bloomsbury.
  • 2011 Mythological Translations: Drama, Poetry and the Language of Myth. Kelman and Rafe. Applied Theatre Researcher, Griffith University: Issue 12 2011.
  • 2009 Reaching Out To A Larger World, an investigation into narrative meaning and performance dynamics 2009. Kelman D. in Shu, Jack & Chan, Phoebe et. al. (Eds.) ‘Planting Trees of Drama with Global Vision in Local Knowledge: IDEA 2007 Dialogues’. Hong Kong: TEFO & IATC (HK).
  • 2008 Narrative, Dialogue and Resistance: Making Meaning through Drama with Young People at Risk. Kelman D. in ‘The Arts and Youth ‘At Risk’: Global and Local Challenges’ (the publication of the 2005 Risky Business Symposium) Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 2006 My Story / Our Stories: Growing and Connecting Through Enacted Stories. Donelan, O’Brien and Kelman. NJ Drama Australia Journal (Vol 30: 1)
  • 2006 Complex Messages. Kelman in ‘Drama As Social Intervention’, Captus Press.
  • 2004 Evaluation of School-based Arts education programmes in Australian Schools. Bryce et al. Australian Council for Education Research.