Being ethical : how process drama assists pre-service drama teachers to reflect on professional ethics

Hogan, Sharon (2008) Being ethical : how process drama assists pre-service drama teachers to reflect on professional ethics. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research thesis focuses on the experiences of pre-service drama teachers and considers how process drama may assist them to reflect on key aspects of professional ethics such as mandatory codes or standards, principled moral reasoning, moral character, moral agency, and moral literacy. Research from higher education provides evidence that current pedagogical approaches used to prepare pre –professionals for practice in medicine, engineering, accountancy, business, psychology, counselling, nursing and education, rarely address the more holistic or affective dimensions of professional ethics such as moral character. Process drama, a form of educational drama, is a complex improvisational group experience that invites participants to create and assume roles, and select and manage symbols in order to create a fictional world exploring human experience. Many practitioners claim that process drama offers an aesthetic space to develop a deeper understanding of self and situations, expanding the participant’s consciousness and ways of knowing. However, little research has been conducted into the potential efficacy of process drama in professional ethics education for pre-professionals. This study utilizes practitioner research and case study to explore how process drama may contribute to the development of professional ethics education and pedagogy.

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ID Code: 26436
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Comans, Christine
Keywords: drama education, process drama, professional ethics, professional ethics education, virtue and character, moral agency, moral literacy, Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), Queensland Studies Authority (QSA), Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 22 Jul 2009 01:55
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:53

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