Viv Aitken is lecturer in drama in education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, where she contributes to pre-service programmes for student teachers from early childhood to secondary.
This inaugural edition of Drama Research presents a broad spectrum of work and thought in articles that examine the multi-faceted nature of drama. Written from a range of international and age-range perspectives, together they reveal ways in which drama engages the mind, body and spirit of all those who participate.
This issue of Drama Research contains articles whose authors geographically span the world: UK, USA and Australia and whose research interests are equally diverse, but have one thing in common: the problem of the engagement of students and the means whereby such engagement can be evaluated. ‘Engagement’ is a much-used term in drama and theatre; but it presents particular difficulties to drama researchers in that it is so elusive a concept – how do you know when students are enagaged and how do you evaluate their engagement?