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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 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.

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Publications

Wells, T., Sandretto, S. & Tilson, J. (2021, July). Enhancing students' holistic empathy through process drama pedagogy evidenced in writing. College of Education Seminar Series. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Wells, T., Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2021). Learning "what it's like to be someone else apart from yourself": Developing holistic empathy with process drama. Pedagogy, Culture & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14681366.2021.1949633

Wells, T. (2021). Learning "what it's like to be someone else apart from yourself": Developing empathy with process drama pedagogy. Proceedings of the Drama NZ National Conference: Art at the Heart. Retrieved from https://www.drama.org.nz/conferences

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2018). A fresh look at literacy learning. Proceedings of the 9th International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI): Tyranny of Distance. Retrieved from https://www.idieri2018.org/

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2018, April). Exploring a new resource: "Using process drama to expand the literacy programme". Verbal presentation at the Otago Literacy Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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

Commissioned Report for External Body

Wells, T., Sandretto, S. & Tilson, J. (2021, July). Enhancing students' holistic empathy through process drama pedagogy evidenced in writing. College of Education Seminar Series. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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].

Other Research Output

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].

Other Research Output

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].

Other Research Output

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].

Other Research Output

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2017). Using process drama to expand the literacy programme: An exemplar. Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press, 50p.

Authored Book - Research

Wells, T., Sandretto, S., & Tilson, J. (2021). Learning "what it's like to be someone else apart from yourself": Developing holistic empathy with process drama. Pedagogy, Culture & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14681366.2021.1949633

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Wells, T. (2021). Learning "what it's like to be someone else apart from yourself": Developing empathy with process drama pedagogy. Proceedings of the Drama NZ National Conference: Art at the Heart. Retrieved from https://www.drama.org.nz/conferences

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2018). A fresh look at literacy learning. Proceedings of the 9th International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI): Tyranny of Distance. Retrieved from https://www.idieri2018.org/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wells, P., & 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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: 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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Wells, T., & Sandretto, S. (2018, April). Exploring a new resource: "Using process drama to expand the literacy programme". Verbal presentation at the Otago Literacy Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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

Awarded Masters Degree

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