About Lisa Stephenson
Lisa began her career as a Primary School Teacher and now works as a Senior Lecturer teaching across ITT Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. Lisa's specialist area is Drama pedagogy, working in partnership with schools to develop meaningful and motivational learning opportunities for children.
Drawing on her background in Psychology and Drama, Lisa has worked in a number of settings including hospitals and Special Education Needs settings developing creative pedagogy. She has worked as a Senior Leader in a Bradford Primary school, leading innovative curriculum developments and strengthening school partnerships with parents. Since joining Leeds Beckett, Lisa has developed her specialism further, teaching as part of the English team and completing an MA in Contemporary Performance. This gave an International perspective to her research. Her work looks at storytelling and story making as a tool to create meaningful experiential teaching and learning communities with young people and teacher facilitators. Lisa also works with a number of partnership schools, marginalised groups and Theatre Companies to promote learning that engages young people and has impact on their learning and development.
- Child Development Masters module
- MA Drama and Creative Writing in Education:
- Course Leader
- BA Primary Education:
- Module leader for Teaching and Learning
- Dissertation Tutor
- English modules
- Module leader for Creative Arts
PhD research examines Dramatic Enquiry as a social cultural tool for reflection and participants include facilitators and young people. This work focuses on the relationship between creative participation and critical reflection that is experienced through making drama and the use of framing and distancing as a pedagogical tool. The work also looks at the indisciplinary spaces between Dramatherapy, Applied Drama and Process Drama as possible opportunities to view identity in a different way.
Current research with partnership schools include:
- Trainee Teachers’ perceptions of using Drama and Creative Writing pedagogy in school, working both "in role" within the drama and also presenting themselves as "writers" to the class. This involves multiple shifts in identity and the small scale study suggests ways in which Universities can be important in developing Trainee Teachers’ philosophies of learning.
- A year long curriculum study with a partnership school developing the use of drama to develop opportunities for agentic Creative Writing.
- Bespoke Raising Aspiration Days with school partners to create rich learning and inspirational University visits for Primary Schools