Dr. Prendergast earns 2018 Artists, Researchers and Teachers SIG Publication Award

Portrait of Monica Prendergast

Dr. Monica Prendergast was awarded the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies’ 2018 Artists, Researchers and Teachers SIG Publication Award.

The Special Interest Group is part of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, which itself is a part of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Their group is composed of arts educators. The annual Publication Award recognizes a researcher whose article makes an outstanding contribution to the field of arts education.

Monica is being celebrated for her publication, Delegated performance: Interdisciplinary tensions, provocations and questions, which was published in a 2017 issue of Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance.

“I was very honoured,” she says of the award. She attended the ceremony virtually and thanked the Awards Committee and jurors for selecting her article as the winner.

Monica completed her Masters in curriculum studies, theatre, and education at UVic, as well as her interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre, Philosophy, and Education. She has been presenting at the CSSE as a member for many years.

In addition to her work with the CSSE, Monica will be taking over as the first ever Canadian editor of Taylor & Francis’ Youth Theatre Journal in the fall, and continues to contribute to the UVic community.

She recently visited the University of Auckland in New Zealand to launch her new e-book  Web of Performance: An Ensemble Workbook (available through the UVic Library) at the International Drama in Education Research Institute. The institute, held once every three years, is a chance for researchers in the joint field or drama education and performance studies to come together and share their work.   

Web of Performance was launched on the first day of the conference. The curriculum guide in performance studies, edited with Will Weigler, is intended for students ages 16-20. The workbook uses examples of theatrical performances to help show students and educators the ways in which theatre can make positive impacts on a community. Though there are printed copies available, Monica credits the e-book format as part of the book’s functionality. The many links and extras encourage students to go on detours. Monica explains this is where the book got its name from, encouraging students to follow their curiosity through the “web.”

The project was funded by an SSHRC grant, with additional funding from the Office of Research Services.

“I’m so grateful to Inba Kehoe and her staff in the UVIC ePublishing program,” says Monica. She praises the program for its commitment to open source publishing. “Most books get ordered by libraries, but students can’t afford them,” says Monica, so for her, the best part of the project was being able to release the book for free. “I had colleagues from developing countries come up to me and thank me personally,” she says.  

The book is available for free download through the UVic Libraries.

Download it here: http://dspace.library.uvic.ca/handle/1828/9426

Monica Prendergast