Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Education


Faculty of Education

First Supervisor

Alan Hancock


The purpose of this research study is to describe the lived experience of adolescents with dramatic role-play as a process of exploration. The responses of the participants are compared with the proposed learning objectives of the researcher. A comparison is provided which occasionally reflects a difference in actual or perceived learning and expected learning. The process of exploration about self and society is undertaken by using dramatic role-play as a specific methodology of process drama. The current theories of 'drama education', 'process drama' and 'role-play' are discussed and evidenced through the drama experience of the research participants. Although generalisations are not appropriate based on the form, style and philosophical paradigm of this research, certain implications are evidenced through the participants responses, opinions and experiences.