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Dr Christine Hatton

Lecturer

School of Education (Drama)

Drama: a dynamic driver of 21st century learning

A lost culture of frozen people is discovered underwater in the Pacific Ocean. They were frozen in time on the edge of a catastrophic environmental disaster, a crisis that scientists and archaeologists of the future grapple to fully understand. The history of these people had been erased. Who were they, these people of Ardus Unda? What happened to them? Can they be restored to life? Can we learn from their past to inform the present and the future?

Christine Hatton 

This was the fictional context faced by drama students and teachers from schools across the world who worked together to co-construct a story as part of an innovative creative project exploring the possibilities of using digital technologies in drama education. 

The project connected students and teachers in a shared drama learning experience, entitled The Water Reckoning Project. It used a combination of live drama workshops and digital postings from sites in Sydney, Noosa, Athens, Seattle and Singapore.

Dr Christine Hatton, a lecturer in the School of Education, led the Sydney project and research study with co-researchers from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and Macquarie University. The study focused on drama, technology and sustainability education.

The Water Reckoning Project drew on the work of pioneering drama practitioner Dorothy Heathcote and reinterpreted her strategy of 'Rolling Role' for the 21st century classroom context. This strategy, where students work across subject areas on a shared dramatic narrative, lent itself well to adaptations with technologies and digital platforms. 

The project was part of an international push to re-consider the innovative practice and strategies of Heathcote. Each group of students interpreted the Ardus Unda story through drama in relation to their own locations and imaginations, and in doing so, made important local connections between the real and the fictional contexts. It also enabled students to interact with other sites and the creative content made by students from across the world.  

"This project contributes to the field of drama education in terms of the possibilities and limitations it highlights when working interactively with technologies across different sites and time zones," said Hatton.

"It has led us as researchers to consider the nature of a mediated creative learning experience and how digital technologies alter and expand the lived experience of drama learning processes. This kind of work allows new collaborations and audiences for classroom drama work, which is exciting for teachers, students and researchers alike."

Teaching drama is unlike teaching any other school subject; it is experiential learning involving each of the senses, body language and emotion and is often a way of engaging students who have been otherwise alienated by the rest of the curriculum.

Hatton has a longstanding interest in the nature of teaching and learning in drama and the arts – drawn from her PhD study on transformative learning and teaching in drama. She is interested in the way research can capture and allow analysis of the nuances of what drama teachers do, what works and what makes a difference to students' lives in complex times and contexts.

"Teaching drama is unlike teaching any other school subject; it is experiential learning involving each of the senses, body language and emotion and is often a way of engaging students who have been otherwise alienated by the rest of the curriculum," explains Hatton.

"Drama gives students a whole range of skills and experiences. In a performing art like drama you have to be really present, it relies on complex forms of collaboration and aesthetic awareness and students have to grapple with multiple things all at once in the moment of doing it." 

Hatton is also leading a major  three-year Arts NSW/ Department of Education and Communities research study, Evaluating the impacts of the Fresh AIR Initiative 2014 - 2016, conducted with her co-investigator Associate Professor Mary Mooney from UWS. This studyanalyses the nature and impact factors of sustained artists in residence projects in six schools across Sydney.

Drama as a dynamic driver of 21st century learning - Christine Hatton

Drama: a dynamic driver of 21st century learning

Dr Christine Hatton led the Sydney project and research study for The Water Reckoning Project

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Christine Hatton is a lecturer in the School of Education with a background in drama and theatre.  Christine’s scholarly interests and contributions are located in the fields of drama, arts education and gender in education.

Christine completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies from the University of NSW, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Teaching) from the Sydney College of Advanced Education. She spent a number of years working as a secondary drama teacher and head of drama in schools in Sydney and London, predominantly in culturally diverse schools. She obtained her Master of Arts degree in Theatre Studies from the University of NSW and received her PhD in Drama Education at the University of Sydney in 2005. Her research study entitled “Backyards and Borderlands: Transforming Girls Learning Through Drama” featured innovative arts-based research that interrogated drama teaching and learning processes informed by feminist politics. The study explored girl-centred learning processes using playbuilding, storying and performance to enhance girls gender esteem and sense of well being. Her PhD study was a finalist in American Alliance of Theatre and Education’s international Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Christine has worked at a number of universities teaching pre-service teachers in drama education and theatre. She has worked at the University of NSW, the University of Edinburgh, the National Institute of Education (NTU, Singapore) and more recently at James Cook University. As a passionate advocate for drama and arts education she has served in various leadership roles locally and nationally. She is a past president of Drama NSW, the professional association for drama educators and served as Director of Research on the Drama Australia Executive. She is one of the writers of the Drama Australia Equity and Diversity Guidelines. She has served on the NSW HSC Drama Examination Committee and has been a HSC performance examiner for many years. From 2007 – 2011 Christine was the state Drama Curriculum Adviser K-12 with the NSW Department of Education and Training, providing leadership, curriculum support, resources and professional learning for both primary and secondary teachers across NSW. She regularly leads workshops for teachers on playbuilding pedagogy based on her book Young at Art: Classroom Playbuilding in Practice, co-authored with Dr Sarah Lovesy.

Christine joined the University of Newcastle in 2012 and is based at the Central Coast Campus. Recently she has worked as a dramaturg and educational consultant on the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre touring production Tough Beauty, an innovative new play for teen audiences funded by the Australia Council for the Arts that explored the issue of girl violence.  She continues to research in the area of drama and girls’ education, as well as teacher artistry and playbuilding. Christine was a contributor to the recent international collaborative research project The Water Reckoning Project  ( www.water-reckoning.net) . Based on Dorothy Heathcote’s ‘rolling role’ strategy, this study researched the effectiveness of a pedagogy framework for sustainability education utilizing drama and environmental strategies and digital technology. She is a Chief Investigator, along with Dr Mary Mooney (UWS), in a major three year research study of the Fresh Air Initiative: Artists in Schools Program funded by Arts NSW. She has recently been awarded the inaugural UoN Faculty of Education and the Arts Early Career Research Fellowship for 2014.

Research Expertise
Christine’s key research expertise lies in the areas of drama, arts and creative learning and teaching, performative and narrative inquiry methods, applied theatre, girls education and gender issues, teachers and student storying, teacher identity and reflective practice.

Teaching Expertise
Christine has extensive experience as a teacher educator and leader across a range of contexts. Since joining the staff of the University of Newcastle she has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in both secondary and primary programs.

Administrative Expertise
Christine has a background in arts education leadership, as a Head Teacher, past President of Drama NSW and as a state Drama Curriculum Adviser K-12.She has convened courses and programs in various universities. Since joining the School of Education she has served as In the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Secondary) Program Convenor and has co-ordinated numerous courses.

Collaborations
2013 -2014 The Water Reckoning – Digital Tools for Dramatic Engagement (CQU, UoN, UWS, Macquarie University) 2014 – 2016 The Fresh Air Initiative: Strand 2 Research Study (UoN & UWS) funded by Arts NSW and the NSW DEC

Qualifications

  • PhD (Education), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), University of Sydney
  • Master of Arts, University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • applied theatre and drama
  • arts learning processes
  • curriculum
  • drama and digital technology
  • drama learning, curriculum and pedagogy
  • drama pedagogy
  • gender and identity in education
  • girls education
  • learning technologies
  • teacher reflective practice, storying and identity

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130106 Secondary Education 10
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy 70
130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 -  Editorial Board - Dialogic Pedagogy Journal Dialogic Pedagogy Journal
Australia
1/01/2014 -  Membership - Drama Australia Drama Australia
Australia
1/01/2014 -  Membership - Drama NSW Drama NSW
Australia
1/01/2013 -  Membership - National Drama UK National Drama UK
United Kingdom
1/01/2004 -  Editorial Board - NJ Drama Australia Journal NJ Drama Australia Journal
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2007 Distinguished Dissertation Award
Unknown

Research Award

Year Award
2014 Early Career Research Fellowship
University of Newcastle
2004 Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholarship
University of Sydney
2001 Thomas and Ethel Mary Ewing Scholarship
University of Sydney

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2006 Learning & Sharing Festival
Organisation: Marshall Cavendish
2006 Drama Australia National Conference, Sydney
Organisation: Drama Australia

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2013 Digital International Rolling Role Presentation
Organisation: National Drama, UK
2013 IDEA 8th World Congress - Special Interest Group Leader: Drama/Theatre and Gender
Organisation: International Drama in Education Association
2009 Research Hub Leader - Performances of gender in / through theatre practice and research
Organisation: 6th International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI)
2007 IDEA 6th World Congress - Special Interest Group Leader: Drama/Theatre and Gender
Organisation: International Drama in Education Association
2004 IDEA 5th World Congress - Special Interest Group Leader: Drama/Theatre and Gender
Organisation: International Drama in Education Association
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Hatton C, Lovesy S, Young at Art: Classroom Playbuilding in Practice, Routledge, London, 208 (2008) [A2]
2004 Hatton C, The State of Our Art: NSW Perspectives in Educational Drama, Currency Press, Sydney, 129 (2004)

Chapter (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hatton C, 'Schooling the imagination in the 21st century . . . (or why playbuilding matters)', The state of the art: Teaching drama in the 21st century, Sydney University Press, Sydney, Australia 1-19 (2015)
2015 Hatton C, 'Storying the dramas of teaching drama', A Reflective Practitioner's Guide to (Mis) Adventures in Drama Education - or - What Was I Thinking?, Intellect Books, Bristol, UK 49-68 (2015)
2015 Hatton C, 'The Tough Beauty Project: interrogating girl to girl violence through theatre and drama', Youth and Performance: Perceptions of the Contemporary Child, Olms, Hildesheim, Germany 173-190 (2015)
2014 Hatton C, 'Backyards and Borderlands: Research Postcards from the He(art) of Drama Learning', Performing Scholartistry, Backalong Books, Halifax, Canada 210-234 (2014) [B1]
2004 Hatton C, 'Exploring the potential space of drama in the secondary drama classroom', The State of Our Art: NSW Perspectives in Educational Drama, Currency Press, Sydney 104-117 (2004)
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Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Hatton C, Mooney M, Nicholls J, 'Into the sea of imagination: re-considering role and collaboration in the Sydney Water Reckoning Drama Project', Drama Research: International Journal of Drama in Education, 5 1-24 (2014) [C1]
2013 Hatton C, 'Educating Rita and her sisters: using drama to reimagine femininities in schools', Research in Drama Education, 18 155-167 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13569783.2013.787254
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2012 Hatton CM, 'Performing 'girl' in the Facebook era: Drama as a safe space for negotiating adolescent identities and agency', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 36 36-49 (2012) [C1]
2009 Hatton CM, 'Review of 'The Theatre of Urban: Youth and Schooling in Dangerous Times' by Kathleen Gallagher', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 14 456-459 (2009) [C3]
2007 Hatton C, 'Can I get a witness? Mapping learning in and beyond the drama classroom', Journal of Creative and Artistic Education, 1 171-204 (2007)
2004 Hatton C, 'Subversive acts: researching girls learning in drama', Drama Research: The Research Journal of National Drama, 3 31-42 (2004)
2004 Hatton CM, 'On the edge of realities: drama and the construction of girls' subjectivities', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 28 87-104 (2004)
2003 Hatton CM, 'Backyards and borderlands: some reflections on researching the travels of adolescent girls doing drama', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 27 33-44 (2003)
2003 Hatton CM, 'Backyards and borderlands: some reflections on researching the travels of adolescent girls doing drama', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 8 139-156 (2003)
2002 Hatton CM, 'Staging the subjective: a narrative approach to drama', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 26 81-89 (2002)
2001 Hatton CM, 'A girl's own project: subjectivity and transformation in girls' drama', NJ Drama Australia Journal, 25 21-30 (2001)
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Conference (38 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hatton C, Mooney M, Lynne-Cody T, Jacobs R, Baldwin P, 'Changing the curriculum and teacher education game', Conference Proceedings, Sydney (2015)
2015 Hatton C, Chidiac C, Kruckemeyer F, 'Girl trouble: disruptive TYA and education', Conference proceedings, Sydney (2015)
2015 Hatton C, 'Stories from the he(art)', Conference proceedings, Sydney (2015)
2015 Hatton C, 'Meddling with the everyday: drama, girls and digital identities', Conference proceedings - SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2015 Standing Still:Still Standing, Singapore (2015)
2015 Hatton C, Mooney M, Nicholls J, 'Playing with the politics of context across cultures within a rolling role drama', IDIERI 8 Proceedings, Singapore (2015)
2014 Davis S, Simou P, Wales P, Kulik J, Hatton C, Kennard J, et al., 'The Water Reckoning - Learnings from the international Rolling Role project', Heathcote Reconsidered. Conference Echoes: Keynotes and Presentations from the National Drama International Conference 2013, London, UK (2014) [E1]
2014 Hatton C, 'He(art)ful dodgers: expert drama teachers, artistry and the labour of high stakes playbuilding', Artistry, Performance and Scholarly Inquiry Symposium, Melbourne, Australia (2014) [E3]
2014 Hatton C, Mooney M, 'Curating imagined possibilities through geodramatic contexts: transforming self, relationship and place', World Alliance for Arts Education Global Summit, Brisbane, Australia (2014) [E3]
2014 Hatton C, Mooney M, Nicholls J, 'The Water-Reckoning Project: reconsidering place, imagination and drama learning', Drama Australia National Conference Handbook, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [E3]
2014 Hatton C, 'Stories from the he(art) of expert drama teacher practice', Conference programme, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [E3]
2014 Hatton C, 'Playing in the girl zone: voice, dialogue and feminism in the drama classroom', Dialogue at the Boundaries: The Fourth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Perspectives and Limits of Dialogism in Mikhail Bakhtin, Hamilton, New Zealand (2014) [E3]
2014 Hatton C, 'The Tough Beauty Project: interrogating girl2girl violence through theatre and drama', Abstracts. Third International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Forum, Warsaw, Poland (2014) [E3]
2013 Davis S, Simou P, Wales P, Kulik J, Hatton C, Mooney M, et al., 'The Water Reckoning Digital International Rolling Role Presentation', Conference Program, London, UK (2013) [E3]
2013 Hatton C, Gallagher K, Marquie H, 'Special Interest Group: Gender and Drama Education', Conference Programme, Paris, France (2013) [E3]
2013 Hatton C, Chidiac C, 'The Tough Beauty Project: Interrogating girl2girl violence through theatre and drama', IDEA Congress Programme, Paris, France (2013) [E3]
2013 Hatton C, 'Transformation takes gentle hands: exploring the everyday artistry of drama educators', IDEA Congress Programme, Paris, France (2013) [E3]
2013 Davis S, Simou P, Kulik J, Tan J, Hatton C, 'The Water-Reckoning- the development of a digitally mediated drama project building on Heathcote's Rolling Role concept.', National Drama International Conference Programme, London, UK (2013) [E3]
2013 Davis S, Simou P, Mooney M, Hatton C, Wales P, Chang M, 'Adapting Heathcote's methods to the digital arena', National Drama International Conference Programme 2013, London, UK (2013) [E3]
2012 Hatton C, Lovesy S, 'Delving into Playbuilding: Exploring the artistry of drama teaching practice', Conference Programme, Brisbane, Australia (2012) [E3]
2012 Hatton C, 'Mapping the borders of artistry in the drama classroom: 21st century playbuilding in practice', 7th International Drama in Education Research Institute, Limerick, Ireland (2012) [E3]
2012 Hatton C, Mooney M, Nicholls J, 'I¿m here - new horizons of practice in drama education', 7th International Drama in Education Research Institute Programme, Limerick, Ireland (2012) [E3]
2011 Hatton C, 'Drama at the he(art) of learning: the challenges of conjuring hope in difficult time', Conference Programme, Auckland, NZ (2011) [E3]
2011 Hatton C, 'Performing 'girl' in the Facebook era: the implications of negotiating adolescent identity play through drama', Conference Programme, Perth, Australia (2011) [E3]
2009 Hatton C, Wright D, 'The he(art) of the matter: drama praxis, love and living deeply in the world', Conference Programme, Sydney, Australia (2009) [E3]
2009 Hatton C, '¿I am the captain of my soul¿...classroom drama as learning for life', Conference Programme, Rostock, Germany (2009) [E3]
2009 Hatton C, Gallagher K, 'Research Hub: Performances of gender in/through theatre practice and research', Conference Programme, Sydney, Australia (2009) [E3]
2009 Hatton C, Lovesy S, 'Creating the footprints of practice: a masterclass in the pedagogy of playbuilding', Conference Programme, Melbourne, Australia (2009) [E3]
2009 Hatton C, Wales P, 'A circus in our own backyard: researching female gender at play in the drama classroom', Conference Programme, Sydney, Australia (2009) [E3]
2009 Hatton C, 'The great leap forward: doing drama with laptops', Conference programme, Melbourne, Australia (2009) [E3]
2008 Hatton C, Lovesy S, 'Young @ Art: (re)activating playbuilding in the drama classroom', Conference Programme, Adelaide, Australia (2008) [E3]
2008 Hatton C, 'Drama as learning for living: working the form for change in schools', Conference Programme, Durham, UK (2008) [E3]
2008 Pascoe R, Sallis R, Hatton C, Cox G, Adams C, Bailey M, 'If there's going to be a National Curriculum, what might it look like? Roundtable', Conference Programme, Adelaide, Australia (2008) [E3]
2007 Hatton C, Ewing R, 'Tales from the labyrinth: considering practice-led research in drama education', Conference Programme, Sydney, Australia (2007) [E3]
2007 Hatton C, 'Playing with fire: working the form for change in schools', Conference Programme, Sydney, Australia (2007)
2007 Hatton C, Wong J, '¿I have eaten more salt than you have rice¿¿ Staging heritage in a Singaporean context', Congress Programme, Hong Kong (2007)
2007 Hatton C, 'Educating Gita, Rashida and Xiu Ling: strengthening girls through drama', Congress Programme, Hong Kong (2007)
2007 Wang W, Hatton C, Sallis R, 'Special Interest Group: Drama/Theatre and Gender', Congress programme, Hong Kong (2007)
2006 Hatton C, 'Can I get a witness? Mapping learning in and beyond the classroom', Conference Programme, Melbourne, Australia (2006)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $193,204

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $1,899

Singapore Drama Educators Association Conference, Singapore, 26-28 June 2015 and 8th International Drama In Education Research Institute (IDIERI 8) conference, Singapore, 30 June - 5 July 2015$1,899

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Christine Hatton
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500822
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20143 grants / $182,000

Evaluating the Impacts of the Fresh Air Initiative 2014-2016: Strand 2 - Research Study$90,000

Funding body: NSW Trade & Investment

Funding body NSW Trade & Investment
Project Team Doctor Christine Hatton, Dr Mary Mooney
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301337
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Evaluating the Impacts of the Fresh Air Initiative 2014-2016: Strand 2 - Research Study$90,000

Funding body: NSW Trade & Investment

Funding body NSW Trade & Investment
Project Team Doctor Christine Hatton, Dr Mary Mooney
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301337
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network - ASSITEJ World Congress, Warsaw Poland, 23-31 May 2014$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Christine Hatton
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400604
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20132 grants / $2,805

8th IDEA World Congress, Universite Paris VII Diderot, 8 - 13 July 2013, $1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Christine Hatton
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300617
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Perspective and Limits of Dialogism in Mikhail Bahktin & the Dialogic Pedagogy Institute, Waikato NZ, 15-19 January 2014$1,305

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Christine Hatton
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301242
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $6,500

Devising the Future: Drama as a 21st Century Pedagogy$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Christine Hatton
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200741
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

7th International Drama in Education Research Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland, 10- 15 July 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Christine Hatton
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200553
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr Christine Hatton

Position

Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Drama

Contact Details

Email christine.hatton@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4105
Fax (02) 4348 4075

Office

Room EN203
Building Education and Nursing
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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