Dr Kelly Freebody

BArts(drama)(QUT), BEd(secondary)Hons(QUT), PhD(Melbourne), GradCert(Educational studies)(Sydney)

Lecturer, Drama, English, Teaching and Learning

Combined Degrees Coordinator


Phone: +61 2 9036 6038

Fax: +61 2 9351 2606

Building.Room: A35.810

Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Creative and performing arts
  • English and literacy

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Social change


Social justice, drama, literacy, ethnomethodology, socio-economic status

Professional biography

Kelly's teaching and research interests include drama, secondary English, literacy, social justice and qualitative research methods, particularly conversation analysis and membership categorisation analysis.

Kelly's PhD investigates the use of drama pedagogyto explore students' interpretations of, and interaction with, notions of socioeconomic status.


  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2008

Professional and community roles

  • Director of Research, Drama Australia

Current projects

  • Teachers researching communitites - a Priority Schools Programs funded research project exploring school-community relationships.

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
Neophyte drama teachers and the socially inclusive classroom PhD Alison O'Grady
Kirra’s Aboriginal Epistemic talk: Driving her bildungsroman PhD Roger Bourne
Sharing the Moment: An Investigation of the Local-Global Nexus and Emergent Narrative Structures in Long Form Additive Improvisation PhD Yanis Garrett
Exploration of the aesthetic experience created during drama process in higher education language learning. EdD Patrick Pheasant
TBA MEd (Research) Erin Mulvey

Selected publications

Book chapters

  • Bird, J., Donelan, K., Freebody, K., O'Toole, J. & Sinclair, C. . (2012). Drama: Social dreaming in the 21st Century . In C. Sinclair, N. Jeanneret, J. O'Toole (Ed.), Education in the Arts: Teaching and learning in contemporary curriculum (2nd ed., pp. 65–90), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Freebody, K., Freebody, P. & Maney, B. . (2011). Relating schools and communities. In D. Bottreel & S. Goodwin (Ed.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion (pp. 66–79), London: Palgrave.
  • Freebody, K. & Hughes, J. (2010). Using drama to teach difficult texts. In J. Manuel & S. Brindley (Ed.), Teenagers and Reading AATE.
  • Stinson, M. & Freebody, K. . (2009). The contribution of process drama to improved results in English oral communication. In R. Silver, C.C.M. Goh & L. Alsagoff (Ed.), Acquisition and Development in New English Contexts: Evidence from Sinagore (pp. 147–165), London: Continuum.
  • Freebody, K. (2009). Learning how to be an academic – the story of a new academic in education. In R. Cantewll & J. Scevak (Ed.), An Academic Life: A handbook for new academics (pp. 10–15), Melbourne: ACER Press.
  • Freebody, K. & Freebody, P. (2008). Engaging and critiquing challeng in the process drama classroom: Socio-economic status as topic and resource. In K. Cooper & R. E. White (Ed.), Critical Literacies in Action: Social perspectives and teaching practice Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Journal articles

  • Freebody, K. (in press). Interdisciplinary dialogues with dialouge: Drama, sociology and the detailed analysis of talk. . NJ, 35.
  • Freebody, K. (2010). Exploring teacher-student interactions and moral reasoning practices in drama classrooms. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 15(2), 209–225.
  • Freebody, K. (2007). Transforming pedagogy: Introducing online content in schools. The Australian Educational Leader, 29(1), 24–27.
  • Freebody, P., Freebody, K., McCrae, D & Muspratt, S. (2006). New curricular ways with new technologies: The Le@rning Federations' learning objects arrive in classrooms. The Professional Educator, 5, 14–17.
  • Freebody, K., McRae, D. & Freebody, K. (2006). The Le@rning Federation's on-line initiative: Lessons from teachers on change, technologies, and learning about English and literacy. English in Australia, 41, 48–57.
  • Stinson, M & Freebody, K. . (2006). The Drama and Oral Language Project: An investigation into the contribution of process drama to improved results in English oral communication. Youth Theatre Journal, 20, 27–41.
  • Freebody, P., Hornibrook, M. & Freebody, K. . (2005). Language, learning to read and life pathways. Reading Research Quarterly Online.

Conference papers

  • Stinson, M. & Freebody, K. (2006). Modulating the Mosaic: Drama and oral language. In L. McCammon & D. McLauchlan Universal Mosaic of Drama and Theatre: The IDEA04 Dialogues (pp. 193–201).


  • Freebody, P., Freebody, K. & Maney, B. . (2011). Teachers researching communities: Final report, Priority Schools Programs, Department of Education and Training NSW.
  • Freebody, P. & Freebody, K. . (2008). Teachers researching communities: Literature Review, Priority Schools Programs, Department of Education and Training NSW.
  • Hedberg, J. & Freebody, K. (2007). Towards a disruptive pedagogy: Exploring classroom practices with interactive whiteboards and TLF digital content, The Le@arning Federation and Australian National Schools Network.
  • Freebody, K. (2005). Arts Mentoring Report, Queensland Primary Arts Network, Education Queensland.
  • Stinson, M. & Freebody, K. (2004). Drama and Oral Language: Technical Report, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education, Singapore.