Dr. Diane Conrad is Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Education with a focus on Drama/Theatre Education, Applied Theatre, Curriculum Studies, Arts-based Research and Community-based Research. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (Playwriting) at the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Ottawa with drama as her major teaching subject. Her first teaching experience was as a volunteer with World University Service of Canada in Lesotho, Southern Africa where she spent five years. She taught in the Northwest Territories for three years before coming to Edmonton to do graduate work. She obtained her MEd and PhD at the University of Alberta.
In the Department of Secondary Education, Dr. Conrad teaches undergraduate curriculum and instruction courses in drama education and graduate courses in curriculum studies, arts-based research and participatory research.
Dr. Conrad has published in academic journals in the areas of education, drama/arts education and qualitative research, and regularly presents at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.
Graduate students with an interest in drama education, applied theatre, youth justice, “at-risk” youth, participatory research, arts-based research, curriculum studies, Aboriginal education or other areas related to Dr. Conrad’s research are welcome to contact her.
Diane Conrad is Director of the Canada Foundation for Innovation-funded Arts-based Research Studio. The Studio is a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to the creation and dissemination of arts-based research.
To book the Arts-based Research Studio, contact Dr. Conrad at email@example.com.
Dr. Conrad uses participatory arts-based methods in her research. Participatory research is a new paradigm approach which focuses on the collective production of knowledge, community dialogue, education for consciousness raising, and mobilizing for action. Her research in youth justice has a strong advocacy component. Arts-based research is an emerging and innovative qualitative method which brings together arts-based practices and scholarly inquiry. Specifically she uses applied theatre, as a participatory and performative pedagogical approach and research method, and performed ethnography or ethnodrama as a way of disseminating her research.
Her SSHRC funded doctoral research involved doing participatory drama with a group of rural Alberta students to explore their experiences around issues they identified as relevant to their lives including experiences deemed “at-risk.” Her research re-framed the concept “at-risk” based on the perspectives of youth.
Her SSHRC funded study The Transformative Potential of Drama in the Education of Incarcerated Youth, with incarcerated youth at a local youth offender facility, won the 2006 SSHRC Aurora Prize and resulted in the writing of a full-length play entitled Athabasca's Going Unmanned.
Her REACH Edmonton/KIAS funded study Youth Uncensored, with iHuman Youth Society, worked with street-involved youth to create drama-based workshops to educate service providers about the youths' experiences towards better meeting their needs.
Her current SSHRC funded study Partnership Development for Researching the Education of Aboriginal Students: A Youth Exchange through Arts & Technology - Stories of Culture, Identity, Community & Place partners with three First Nations schools for a curriculum exploration through arts, technology and a youth exchange to enhance education for Aboriginal learners.
For Education Drama Majors in the Advanced & Introductory Professional Term and Drama Minors:EDSE 322 - Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Education for Drama Majors I
A study abroad course:
EDSE 401/501; Drama 407/507 - Facilitating Performing Arts for Social Justice
EDSE 503 – Curriculum Foundations
EDSE 504 – Curriculum Inquiry
EDSE 612 - Arts-based Research
EDSE 613 - Participatory Research
Prerequisites: *9 in the Major subject area, EDPY 304, EDU 100/300, 210, and 211. Corequisite: Courses in the Introductory Professional Term (IPT) for the Secondary Education Route. Successful completion of the on-campus portion of the IPT is expected prior to being granted permission to continue into EDFX 350. Note: Not open to first year students.Fall Term 2020
Prerequisite: *9 in the Minor subject area to include DRAMA 102 or 103, DRAMA 149 or 150, and DRAMA 240 or 247; pre/corequisites: EDU 100 or 300, EDU 210, and EDU 211. Note: EDSE 323 is not open to first year students or students whose Major is Drama.Fall Term 2020
Prerequisites: Introductory Professional Term and *24 in the required Drama courses as specified in Education section of the Calendar under the heading Components of the Program. Corequisite: EDSE 451. Successful completion is expected prior to being granted permission to commence EDFX 450.Winter Term 2021
Prerequisites: Introductory Professional Term and *24 in the Major subject area. Corequisite: Courses in the Advanced Professional Term for the Secondary Education Route including EDFX 450. Students may not receive credit for both EDFX 451 and EDSE 451.Winter Term 2021
Arts-based research is a new paradigm approach that brings together scholarly inquiry and creative processes within disciplines which value human experience and interaction, recognize personal, emotional, experiential and embodied expressions of knowing and being. Participants examine themes in Arts-based research and use any of the myriad of available art forms to explore how they might use the arts in their research process. Prerequisite: EDSE 510 or consent of Instructor.Fall Term 2020
Participatory Research (PR) is as an approach to doing community-based research viewed as a means of producing knowledge, as a tool for education, consciousness raising, and mobilization for action. By bringing together action and reflection, theory and practice, and community engagement, PR produces practical and reflective knowledge. Themes related to doing PR and examples of PR projects will be explored. Prerequisite: EDSE 510 or consent of Instructor and Department.Fall Term 2021
2014 - 2018
This Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded study with co-investigator Dr. Dwayne Donald asks: How can partnership development between university researchers, Aboriginal community schools, and organizations that support them for the co-creation of curriculum and knowledge mobilization help nurture the educational experiences and successes of Aboriginal learners?