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Dr Anton Franks

Job Title
Senior Teaching Fellow
Centre for Education Studies
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Research Interests

drama, the arts, culture and education: arts and creativity in learning and teaching: arts organisations and learning in the arts: culture, learning and education (practice and policy: bodyliness and affect in learning, teaching and schooling: vygotskian social, cultural and historical approaches to learning and teaching: social equity and justice: multimodal social semiotic theories and methodologies: creativities: teacher learning and development


Anton Franks is Associate Professor in Creativity, Performance and Education in the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick. After teaching drama and English in London schools for ten years, he was for twenty years a teacher educator and researcher at the Institute of Education, London. Whilst at the Institute, he was a member of the ESRC-funded 'Production of School English' research team, investigating the teaching and learning of English and contributed to publication of English in Urban Classrooms. Anton then was Associate Professor of Creativity, the Arts and Education at the University of Nottingham's School of Education, where he co-wrote and convened MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning and researched arts organisations working in education, including a project evaluating the orchestra Sinfonia Viva's work, composing and performing 'Moon' with primary, secondary and post-compulory students. He is currently involved in two funded research projects with colleagues at the University of London ? TALE (tracking arts learning and development), a longitudinal study of schools involved in the RSC's and Tate Galleries' learning programmes, funded by Arts Council England, as well as researching and evaluating Serpentine Galleries 'World Without Walls' project in which artists are commissioned to work with children and young people in their communities. Anton's work in drama has included working with young people on an alternative to custody programme and devised youth theatre for the Central School of Speech and Drama. He has published articles and chapters on drama and arts education, recently including: 'Drama in teaching and learning English' and 'Approaching Shakespeare' Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School, 'Drama in teaching and learning, language and literacy', in Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching, 'Teachers, arts practice and pedagogy' in Changing English 21/2 and 'Performing arts in learning, curriculum and culture', in The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment.

Title Funder Award start Award end
World Without Walls Programme Serpentine Trust 01 Apr 2016 30 Sep 2017