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

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 4972


I have over 20 years experience in initial teacher education. My area of expertise is in drama education across the primary, and secondary programmes. I bring experience and training in professional theatre and a primary teaching background.  My research interests  are in drama education and an applied theatre approach to pedagogy across the curriculum. More recently I have been involved in research projects in primary schools where we worked alongside primary teachers as we have explored the affordances of imbedding process drama in the primary literacy programme.


Wells, T. (2023, June). Exploring poetry through performance. Otago Literacy Association Engage and Enrich Workshops, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation]. Other Research Output

Dunn, J., Wells, T., Aitken, V., & Coleman, C. (2023, September). Talanoa: What just happened? Panel discussion at the Drama New Zealand (DNZ) / Networks of Expertise National Conference: Whakamana, Mana Reo: Empowering Learners, Enriching Literacy, Havelock North, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

NMSSA Project Team, including Renner, S., Wells, T., Ferrier-Kerr, D., Berg, D., Young, S., Ward, J., Asil, M., White, J., & Lancaster, D. (2023). Exemplars for teachers: The arts [National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) Report 25-EX]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Educational Assessment Research Unit & New Zealand Council for Educational Research. 63p. Retrieved from Commissioned Report for External Body

Wells, T., Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2023). Bridging the theory-practice divide in teacher education through process drama pedagogy: “You fully experience what you're learning”. Teaching & Teacher Education, 124, 103993. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2022.103993 Journal - Research Article

Wells, T., Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2023). Metaxis moments prompted by authentic questions in primary classroom contexts. Research in Drama Education, 28(2), 195-209. doi: 10.1080/13569783.2022.2064738 Journal - Research Article

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