Building Trust During a Collaborative Dramatic Study of Shakespeare to Enhance Engagement for Year 9 English Students — James McLeod, The Hutchins School, Australia

  • Collaboration and Team Learning (2016-17)

My action research considered the influence that trust has in improving learning outcomes for teenage boys when they participate in collaborative learning groups.

Using the Whoosh technique (Teaching Shakespeare the RSC Way, 2008), I introduced the learning group to the study of Shakespeare, with an emphasis on physicalizing the text and exploring the play.

John K. Butler Jnr. (1991) outlines ten conditions of trust and describes the building of trust as a circular, mutually reinforcing process. Harvey and Daniels (2015) make the case for the building of collaborative skills being a question of ethics.