Where do drama teacher’s come from? Initial investigations into the formation of professional identity
Kempe, A. (2011) Where do drama teacher’s come from? Initial investigations into the formation of professional identity. New Zealand Journal of Research in performing Arts and Education : Nga Mahi a Rehia, 3. ISSN 1178-7708
The article reports on research into what may have influenced trainees on four post-graduate teacher training courses in England to become specialist drama teachers rather than pursue careers in the world of professional entertainment. It goes on to explore how the trainees regarded an understanding of performance, and an ability to both use and demonstrate performance techniques, as integral to their professional role. The subsequent discussion examines how a drama teacher’s professional identity may be seen as being made up of the three inter-connected elements, self, role and character. While all teaching may be regarded as a performing art, this paper suggests that, for the drama specialist, an understanding of what constitutes ‘performance’ has a particular importance. A conclusion drawn from the research is that recognising the place of performance in their practice may result in experienced teachers of drama regarding themselves as artists whose art is teaching drama.