An Introduction to Mantle of the Expert

Mantle of the Expert is a ‘dramatic inquiry’ teaching approach used in hundreds of classrooms around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is popular with teachers and learners as a way to make learning engaging, collaborative, active, authentic, safe and meaningful – right across the curriculum. 

Learners are positioned as a responsible expert team working on an important job, or commission. Through drama and inquiry they encounter and overcome real-world problems and explore multiple perspectives as they deepen skills and knowledge across the curriculum.

 Research has shown benefits for learning in literacy, maths, science, social studies and the arts as well as enhanced critical thinking, empathy and self direction.

This introductory session gives participants an opportunity to learn more about dramatic inquiry, hear about real examples and experience a little of the approach for themselves.

The hands on, participatory workshop will be of interest to primary and secondary teachers and others interested in innovative approaches to education.


Dr Viv Aitken
Dr Viv Aitken, is an enthusiastic and energetic presenter with many years of experience as a teacher and researcher in Mantle of the Expert and drama. She has international publications in the field and teaches a Postgraduate summer school course in Mantle of the Expert at the University of Waikato. As a Ministry accredited faciltator, Viv works with schools around the country who are implementing dramatic inquiry in their classrooms.

Course Details

Location: Auckland
Date(s): Thu, 12th Oct 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Cost: $50.00 + GST

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