I05. Self-Reflexive Assessment Toolkit

Our Demo:Dram self-reflexive assessment toolkit, enables teachers and educators to make visible the effectiveness of their work, the process they engage in with students and their teacher’s practice. The aim of the Demo:Dram self-reflexive assessment toolkit is to visualise ways in which drama education can strengthen children and young people’s citizenship.

Our Demo:Dram self-reflexive assessment toolkit is composed of four parts:

  1. A set of guidelines on what children’s rights and citizenship in education means, to be taken into account when observing and evaluating a session;
  2. A set of self-reflective and open-ended questions, to be filled out by participating educators;
  3. A user’s guide, including links to our conceptual framework, helping participants to read, interpret and use the Demo:Dram assessment tool;
  4. Introductory training on how to use the Demo:Dram assessment tool in different settings.

The Demo:Dram self-reflexive assessment toolkit offers starting points for teachers of humanities and languages to observe and evaluate their experience, actions, fundamental attitudes and learning process, with a view of strengthening their awareness and skills on how drama can develop a genuine form of citizenship that takes children seriously as fully-fledged participants in society.

Our Demo:Dram self-reflexive assessment toolkit is flexible, so as to allow it to be used it in a variety of educational and cultural settings, as well as to incorporate changes over time. At the same time, the Demo:Dram self-reflexive assessment toolkit is tangible, which can be used and adapted in your own way to benefit your own practice.

Democracy Through Drama:

I05. Self-Reflexive Assessment Toolkit
(Available September 2019)

“Being involved in an advisory capacity for the Democracy through Drama initiative was really interesting and useful to my PhD, publication and practice where I am researching identity and positioning through drama. It is wonderful to witness the inclusive drama pedagogy that is being applied in practice with a wide range of colleagues, including teachers of other subjects as well as drama practitioners and students. The work of the Demo:Dram team in the positioning of their participants empowered and engaged us, and we were able to identify features we could draw on in our particular subject areas. We were able to bring in our own expertise, and find new ways we could provide spaces for reflection on democracy for the young people we work with.”

Iona Towler Evans

National Trainer for Mantle of the Expert Drama system

"As a Drama teacher, finding new and innovative ways to improve my pedagogy practice is invaluable. Being involved in the Demo:Dram project proved very helpful and insightful - so much so that I have incorporated elements of the pedagogical strategies into my own Drama lessons and practice with much success. These strategies allow my pupils to explore many subject areas across the curriculum in an exciting and unique way, even when dealing with difficult topics and new perspectives. Not only are these strategies exciting, they are also accessible for a wide range of teachers to use."

Jordana Wilson

Drama Teacher, Smiths Wood Academy, Birmingham

What We Do

Our Drama in Education (DiE) Demo:Dram workshop ideas have been created in partnership with various experts, teachers and educationalists across Europe. Our Demo:Dram workshop ideas aim to provide teachers with inspiration, support and innovative ways to approach the creation of democratic classrooms and democratic spaces for young people.

Democratic Classrooms

We define democratic classrooms as a space for creativity and imagination where the child’s experience is acknowledged, valued, nurtured, encouraged and developed. As part of this, the child is recognised as an individual human being in their own right.

Democratic Awareness

Democratic awareness is gained in situations and experiences when children and young people recognise themselves as equal citizens in their own right. Democratic awareness stresses the importance of the democratic quality of the processes and practices in daily life that determine the shaping of democratic citizens.
Democratic awareness can be obtained through children and young people’s participation in the social services and institutions, and in society more generally.

Student Civic Engagement

Student civic engagement is central to the Demo:Dram project. Through our project, we aim to develop student civic engagement by tackling a commonly held view that young people can be disconnected from wider society. Student civic engagement attempts to interest young people in the values of community, motivate them politically, and heighten awareness of others.

Demo:Dram UK Project Leaders

Want to know more or if we can support you and your school with drama class exercises?
For more information please use the contact form below and we’ll be in contact with you.

Dr Eleni Kanira - Project lead

Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies / Childhood courses Research Co-ordinator / Birmingham City University

BEd./PGCE in Early Childhood Education
MA (Drama Education) & PhD (Education)
PGDip. In Psychoanalytic Infant Observation

Christopher Bolton - Drama lead

Senior Lecturer in Drama Education / Subject Route Leader PGCE Secondary Drama / Research Co-ordinator Secondary & PCET / Birmingham City University

BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies with English Literature
MA Performance Analysis
PGCE Secondary Drama

Contact us

Want to know more or if we can support you and your school with drama class exercises? For more information please use the contact form and we’ll be in contact with you.

BCU, City South Campus
Westbourne Road
Birmingham B15 3TN  UK

+44 (0)121 331 5000

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