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At IDIERI 7 Pam Bowell proposed the initiation of an international collaboration that would focus on using Heathcote’s strategies (including one called ‘Rolling Role’) and digital communications and platforms. The concept was to create a drama involving young people from several different countries in responding to the same dramatic stimulus or pre-text, with the drama culminating at the Heathcote Reconsidered conference.
The concept of Rolling Role is to involve different groups or classes in building a community that then faces some kind of change. The initiators create a common context and agree to the key features, affairs and concerns of the community. The students/children are then involved in building the community, the lives, events and artefacts of it and add to developments. Work is often left incomplete so another group can take it forward and continue the drama. Heathcote suggested this work lends it self to sharing through something like a website.
This roundtable will focus on the development of the dramatic frame and pre-text. It will identify the implications for creating work within contemporary school systems and the affordances as well as issues which emerge from working with digital technologies in these contexts.
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