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Trish Wells

Trish WellsSenior Lecturer (COE)
BA (Otago) Grad Dip (Griffiths) MA Hons (Drama Education)

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 4972
Email trish.wells@otago.ac.nz  

Biography

I have been working in teacher education for the past sixteen years.  My area is drama education across the primary, grad primary and secondary programmes. I bring with me experience and training in professional theatre and a primary teaching background.  My research interest is in drama education and an applied theatre approach to teaching pedagogy.

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Publications

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017). “I’m on a journey I never thought I’d be on”: Using process drama pedagogy for the literacy programme. Pedagogies, 12(2), 180-195. doi: 10.1080/1554480X.2016.1245147

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017). What are primary school students’ experiences of process drama when integrated into the literacy programme? Proceedings of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English & Australian Literacy Educators' Association (AATE/ALEA) National Conference: Cutting Edge: Margin to Mainstream. Retrieved from https://event.crowdcompass.com/englitconf2017/activity/sCrhUI4O5i

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017, March). Learning literacy and process drama: Listening to students. Verbal presentation at the Drama NZ National Conference: All Aboard, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017, May). Process drama: Theory and practice. Keynote presentation at the Southland Literacy Symposium, Invercargill, New Zealand.

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017, May). Drama and literacy [Workshop]. Verbal presentation at the Southland Literacy Symposium, Invercargill, New Zealand.

Journal - Research Article

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017). “I’m on a journey I never thought I’d be on”: Using process drama pedagogy for the literacy programme. Pedagogies, 12(2), 180-195. doi: 10.1080/1554480X.2016.1245147

Wells, T. (2013). Insights into approaching sexual health education through applied theatre methodology. Applied Theatre Research, 1(2), 203-215. doi: 10.1386/atr.1.2.203_1

Wells, T. (2010). Drama research a tool for reflection and learning: A case study. International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving, 20(2), 127-137.

Wells, T. (2006). The haka as an intercultural form. Drama New Zealand, 30(2), 19-21.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017). What are primary school students’ experiences of process drama when integrated into the literacy programme? Proceedings of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English & Australian Literacy Educators' Association (AATE/ALEA) National Conference: Cutting Edge: Margin to Mainstream. Retrieved from https://event.crowdcompass.com/englitconf2017/activity/sCrhUI4O5i

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2015). 'I'm on a journey I never thought I would be on'. Proceedings of the International Applied Theatre Symposium: Performance of Hope. (pp. 41). Retrieved from http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/events/events-2015/11/the-performance-of-hope.html

Wells, T. (2015). Working with adolescents with an applied theatre approach when dealing with sensitive issues. Proceedings of the Drama NSW Conference. Retrieved from http://www.dramansw.org.au/whats-on/2015-international-conference/

Wells, T. (2012). Insights into teaching and learning through applied theatre methodology. Proceedings of the Clute Institute International Conference. (pp. 377). Littleton, CO: Clute Institute. [Abstract]

Wells, T. (2011). Fictional frames, real questions. Proceedings of the Second Critical Studies in Drama in Education International Symposium: Pedagogy of Possibilities. Retrieved from http://www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/events/template/event_item.jsp?cid=413607

Wells, T. (2010). Nurturing the imagination and providing a space for the enhancement of reflective insight through the fictional world. Proceedings of the Critical Studies in Drama in Education International Symposium. Retrieved from http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/template/event_item.jsp?cid=301674

Wells, T. (2008). Drama as a tool for reflection, understanding and learning. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://www.adsa.edu.au/conferences/past-conferences/2008/pdf2ADSA-Prog-v6.pdf/view

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017, March). Learning literacy and process drama: Listening to students. Verbal presentation at the Drama NZ National Conference: All Aboard, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017, May). Drama and literacy [Workshop]. Verbal presentation at the Southland Literacy Symposium, Invercargill, New Zealand.

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017, May). Process drama: Theory and practice. Keynote presentation at the Southland Literacy Symposium, Invercargill, New Zealand.

Wells, T. (2014, June). Approaching sensitive issues in education through applied theatre. Verbal presentation at the Journal of Arts & Sciences' (IJAS) International Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

Wells, T. (2011, October). Accessing the real issues through process drama conventions. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Sexual Health Society 33rd Annual Conference: Changing Latitudes and Attitudes, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Wells, T., & Little, S. (2008). A critical analysis of 'The Best Thing' programme. Commissioned by Theatre in Health Education Trust. 5p.

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Other Research Output

Wells, T. & Sandretto, S. (2017, May). "Act before you write": Learning from students about process drama and literacy learning. College of Education, Research Seminar Series, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Wells, T. (September, 2017). A fresh look at literacy learning through process drama. Drama New Zealand Otago Southland Branch AGM, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Invited Presentation].

Sandretto, S. & T. Wells. (2016, March). "I'm on a journey I never thought I'd be on": Using process drama as a pedagogical tool for the literacy programme. Otago Literacy Association Morning Report, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Wells, T. & Sandretto, S. (2015, September). "I'm on a journey I never thought I'd be on": Using process drama as a pedagogical tool for the literacy programme. College of Education, Research Seminar Series, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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Awarded Masters Degree

Wells, T. (2007). Drama as a tool for reflection, understanding and learning (MDramaEd). Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. 112p.

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