Doctor David Wright

Doctor David Wright

Academic Course Advisor Master of Education (Social Ecology),
Adult and Postgraduate Education (SoE)

SENIOR LECTURER,
Adult and Postgraduate Education (SoE)

Biography

David works through the Social Ecology group in the School of Education. He has an association with the Centre for Educational Research (Sustainability). He teaches in the Masters of Education program and the Education Studies major in units concered with transformative, ecological and holistic approaches to learning. He has a background in writing for performance and drama and performance studies and brings this to work on approaches to learning. David is currently Director of Higher Degree Research in the School of Education and Academic Course Adviser for studies in Social Ecology. He is increasinlgy interested in how ecological understanding can be articulated, communicated and approached throughh effective learning programs. Much of his work in drama sought to construct drama as a tool for ecological understanding. Recently he has travelled widely to understand how teachers in different locations construct opportunities for the emergence of ecological understanding. He regards this as a very important issue for educators, from pre-school to adult learning.

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Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney,Nepean
  • MA University of Western Sydney,Nepean
  • GDipEd Sydney College of Advanced Education
  • BA The Australian National University

Professional Memberships

  • Drama NSW (1990)
  • Drama Australia (1990)
  • Australian Association of Environmental Education (2012)
  • American Society of Cybernetics (2000 - 2010)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Adult and Postgraduate Education (SoE)
  • Adult and Postgraduate Education (SoE)

Contact

Email: david.wright@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 267
Mobile:
Location: J.1.06
Penrith (Kingswood)
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101263 Education and Transformation, 2014
  • 101654 Researching Social Ecology, 2014
  • 101658 Transformative Learning, 2014

Publications

Books

  • Wright, D., Camden-Pratt, C. and Hill, S. (2011), 'Social Ecololgy: Applying ecological understanding to our lives and our planet', : Hawthorn Press 9781907359118.

Chapters in Books

  • Wright, D. (2017), 'The ecological curriculum : teaching, learning, understanding', Reimagining Sustainability in Precarious Times, Springer 9789811025488.
  • Wright, D. (2015), 'Drama and ecological understanding : stories of learning', The State of the Art: Teaching Drama in the 21st Century, Sydney University Press 9781743320273.
  • Wright, D. (2015), 'Drama and ecological understanding : reflections upon ecology, performance, place and indigenous knowledge systems', Playing in a House of Mirrors: Applied Theatre as Reflective Practice, Sense 9789463001175.
  • Wright, D. (2012), 'Loss and learning : personal reflections upon the learning contained in profound grief', Learning Life from Illness Stories, Post Pressed 9780646579320.
  • Wright, D. (2011), 'Ecological understanding and drama', Social Ecology: Applying Ecological Understandings to Our Lives and Our Planet, Hawthorn Press 9781907359118.
  • Wright, D. (2010), 'Imaginative Education: Nurturing our Social Ecology', Imagination in Educational Theory and Practice: A Many-sided Vision, Cambridge Scholars Press 9781443821421.
  • Wright, D. (2008), 'The mythopoetic body: Learning through creativity', Pedagogies of the imagination: Mythopoetic curriculum in educational practice, Springer 9781402082818.
  • Wright, D. (2008), 'Cross-cultural consciousness: Peking Opera and Australian theatre traditions', Music of the Spirit: Asian-Pacific Musical Identity, Australian Music Centre 9780909168650.
  • Wright, D. (2004), 'Embodied Learning and Drama Education', The State of our Art, Currencey Press & Educational Drama Ass'n of NSW 0868197459.
  • Wright, D. (2003), 'Performance and Place', Changing places: Reimaging Australia, Longueville Books 192068106X.
  • Dimitrov, V. and Wright, D. (2002), 'Emotions: A complexity perspective', Complexity Thinking: A catalyst for creativity, University of Western Sydney 1863419012.

Journal Articles

  • Wright, D. (2013), 'Schooling ecologically : an inquiry into teachers' ecological understanding in 'alternative' schools', Australian Journal of Environmental Education, vol 29, no 2 , pp 136 - 151.
  • Wright, D. (2011), 'The pattern that connects: Drama as a vehicle for ecological understanding', Applied Theatre researcher / IDEA Journal, , no 12 .
  • Wright, D. (2011), 'Social ecology's Australian metamorphosis', The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy, vol 27, no 3 , pp 113 - 122.
  • Blom, D., Bennett, D. and Wright, D. (2011), 'How artists working in academia view artistic practice as research : implications for tertiary music education', International Journal of Music Education, vol 29, no 4 , pp 359 - 373.
  • Wright, D., Bennett, D. and Blom, D. (2010), 'The interface between arts practice and research : attitudes and perceptions of Australian artist-academics', Higher Education Research and Development, vol 29, no 4 , pp 461 - 473.
  • Bennett, D., Wright, D. and Blom, D. (2010), 'The artistic practice-research-training (ART) nexus : translating the information flow', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, vol 7, no 2 .
  • Bennett, D., Wright, D. and Blom, D. (2009), 'Artist academics: performing the Australian research agenda', International Journal of Education & the Arts, vol 10, no 7 , pp 1 - 15.
  • Wright, D. (2008), 'A son's tears : searching learning in emotion', Educational Insights, vol 12, no 1 .
  • Wright, D. (2007), 'Constructivist inquiry and learning in drama', NJ: Drama Australia Journal, vol 31, no 1 , pp 45 - 54.
  • Wright, D. (2005), 'Embodying, emotioning, expressing learning', Reflective Practice, vol 6, no 1 , pp 85 - 93.
  • Wright, D. (2005), 'Reflecting on the body in drama education', The Applied Theatre Researcher / IDEA Journal, vol 6 .
  • Wright, D. (2002), 'Reflections on Writing a Cross-cultural Theatre Text', Double Dialogues, .
  • Wright, D. (2002), 'Loss Story', Journal of Loss & Trauma, vol 7, no 4 , pp 275 - 283.
  • Wright, D. (2001), 'Creativity and Learning: Creative work and the construction of learning', Reflective Practice, vol 2, no 3 , pp 261 - 273.
  • Wright, D. (2001), 'Divining the Aleph', The Trumpeter, vol 17, no 1 .
  • Wright, D. (2001), 'Drama Education: a 'self-organising system' in pursuit of learning', Research in Drama Education, vol 5, no 1 , pp 23 - 31.

Conference Papers

  • Blom, D., Bennett, D. and Wright, D. (2010), 'Arts practice as a site of knowledge/research: An Australian perspective of the artist in academia.', 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, Beijing, China.
  • Bennett, D., Wright, D. and Blom, D. (2009), 'Modulating into a new research environment: an Australian case study of artist academics', New Zealand National Music Education Conference, Christchurch, NZ.
  • Blom, D., Wright, D. and Bennett, D. (2008), 'The artist as academic : arts practice as a site of knowledge', ISME 2008 - International Society for Music Education World Conference -17th International Seminar, Italy.
  • Blom, D., Bennett, D. and Wright, D. (2008), 'The artist as academic: arts practice as research as a site of knowledge', Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education, Melbourne.
  • Wright, D. (2005), 'Performance, vulnerability & masculinity : the Theatre of the body', Masculinities: Gender, Art & Popular Culture Symposium, Melbourne.

Research

David researches in the overlapping areas of creativity, consciousness, systems thinking, ecological understanding and learning.

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Supervision

Doctor Wright is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Peak Creative Performance and Experience
Field of Research:
Title: Comparing the moderation procedures for Drama Performance tasks in the Senior Secondary School in NSW, the ACT and Queensland; Examining teacher perceptions of the process
Field of Research:
Title: Classical Mythology: an Interpretive Tool in the Analysis of Stage 5 English Texts
Field of Research:
Title: The Extension of Socio-Ecological Education: the Effect on Community Connectedness and Sustainable Development
Field of Research:
Title: Soul and Productivity in the Corporate World
Field of Research: SOCIOLOGY
Title: Re-Storying Personal Cultural History Through Indigenous Research Methodologies: Reclaiming Our Place in Land, Story and Time
Field of Research:
Title: The Efficacy of Pathways into University: Issues in Design, Implementation and Outcomes
Field of Research:
Title: Circles of Change: Dialogue for Transformative Learning
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: NARRATIVE POSSIBILITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO, AND A MOVE TOWARDS, INTEGRAL CREATIVITY
Field of Research: SOCIETY AND CULTURE
Thesis: NARRATIVE POSSIBILITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO, AND A MOVE TOWARDS, INTEGRAL CREATIVITY
Title: ACTING AND ESSENCE: Experiencing Essence, Presence and Archetype in the Acting Traditions of Stanislavski and Copeau
Field of Research: PERFORMING ARTS
Thesis: ACTING AND ESSENCE: Experiencing Essence, Presence and Archetype in the Acting Traditions of Stanislavski and Copeau
Title: The Knowing Body: Meaning and Method in Yat Malmgren's Actor Training Technique
Field of Research: EDUCATION STUDIES
Thesis: The Knowing Body: Meaning and Method in Yat Malmgren's Actor Training Technique
Title: The Psychodynamic Body: A Mythos of Psychotherapy
Field of Research: PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: The Psychodynamic Body: A Mythos of Psychotherapy
Title: 'Soul-making' in the investigation, determination and resolution of allegations of child abuse perpetrated by persons in ministry for the Catholic Church
Field of Research:
Thesis: 'Soul-making' in the investigation, determination and resolution of allegations of child abuse perpetrated by persons in ministry for the Catholic Church
Title: An Investigation into Appreciative Approaches to Pedagogy: The Perspective of a Volunteer Teacher Researcher in Language Classrooms in NSW Public Schools
Field of Research: EDUCATION
Thesis: An Investigation into Appreciative Approaches to Pedagogy: The Perspective of a Volunteer Teacher Researcher in Language Classrooms in NSW Public Schools
Title: A Creative Imaginary for Cultural Change, Explored Through a Feminist Spirituality and Women's Textile Art.
Field of Research: INDIGENOUS STUDIES
Thesis: A Creative Imaginary for Cultural Change, Explored Through a Feminist Spirituality and Women's Textile Art.
Title: Disadvantaged Youth in Alternative Schooling: Investigating Indonesian Young People's Re-Engagement with Education
Field of Research: OTHER EDUCATION; EDUCATION STUDIES
Thesis: Disadvantaged Youth in Alternative Schooling: Investigating Indonesian young people's re-engagement with education
Title: Climate Change and Psyche: Mapping Myths, Dreams and Conversations in the Era of Global Warming
Field of Research: COUNSELLING; PSYCHOLOGY
Thesis: Climate Change and Psyche: Mapping Myths, Dreams and Conversations in the Era of Global Warming
Title: Ethics, Environment and Islam
Field of Research:
Thesis: Ethics, Environment and Islam

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