I have added hyperlinks for my books.  I’ve made downloadable versions of most of my publications (in red).  Please feel free to contact me if you want to receive pdfs of articles or chapters not included.  Note that posted materials are for individual, noncommercial purposes only; copyright and all associated rights remain with the respective copyright holders.


Edmiston, B. (2014).   Transforming Teaching and Learning with Active and Dramatic Approaches: Engaging Students Across the Curriculum.  New York & London: Routledge.  

Beach, R., Campano, G., Edmiston, B., & Borgman, M. (2010). Literacy Tools in the Classroom: Teaching through Critical Inquiry, Grades 5-12.  New York: Teachers College Press

Edmiston, B. (2008).  Forming Ethical Identities in Early Childhood Play.  London & New York: Routledge

Wilhelm, J. & Edmiston, B. (1998).  Imagining to Learn: Inquiry, Ethics, and Integration Through DramaPortsmouth, NH: Heinemann

Chapters in Edited Books

Edmiston, B.  (2011).  Teaching for transformation: Drama and language arts education.  Teaching for transformation: drama and language arts education.  In Lapp, D. & Fisher, D. (Eds). The Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts.  New York: Erlbaum/Taylor & Francis.  224-230. 

Edmiston, B.  (2011). ‘We are hunters and gatherers of values’: Dramatic play, early childhood pedagogy, and the formation of ethical identities.  In Rogers, S. (Ed.).  Rethinking Play and Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education: Concepts, Contexts, and Cultures.  London & New York: Routledge. 48-59.

Edmiston, B. & Taylor, T. (2010). Using power on the playground .  In Brooker, E. & Edwards, S. (Eds.).  Engaging Play.  Open University Press.  166-181.

Edmiston, B.  (2005). Coming home to research. In Diaz Soto, L. & Swadener, B.B.  Power and Voice in Research with Children.  Peter Lang Publishers.  55-74.

Edmiston, B. (2002). Playing in the dark with flickering lights: Using drama to explore socio-cultural conflict .  In Playing Betwixt and Between.  Oslo, Norway: IDEA Publications

Edmiston, B. & Enciso, P. (2002).  Reflections and refractions of meaning: Dialogic approaches to classroom drama and reading.  In Flood, J., Lapp, D., Squire, J., & Jensen, J.  (Eds.) The Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts.   New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan.  868-880.

Edmiston, B. & Wilhelm, J.  (1998). Repositioning views/reviewing positions: forming complex understandings in drama.  In Wagner, B.J. (Ed.).  Educational Drama and the Language Arts: What Research Shows.   Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.  90-117.

Edmiston, B.  (1998). Reaching out: Ethical spaces and drama.  In Grady, T. & O’Sullivan, C. (Eds.)  A Head Taller.  Developing a Humanizing Curriculum Through Drama.  Birmingham, England: National Association for the Teaching of Drama (U.K.) 58-69.

Abbott, L. & Edmiston, B. (1998).  Contexts Between Play, Drama and Learning.   In Grady, T. & O’Sullivan, C. (Eds.)  A Head Taller. Developing a Humanizing Curriculum Through Drama.  Birmingham, England: National Association for the Teaching of Drama (U.K.) 25-34.

Wolf, S., Edmiston, B. & Enciso, P. (1997).  Drama worlds: Places of the heart, head, voice and hand in dramatic interpretation.  In Flood, J., Heath S.B., & Lapp, D. (Eds.) The Handbook for Literacy Educators: Research on Teaching the Communicative and Visual Arts.   New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan.  492-505.

Enciso, P. & Edmiston, B. (1997).  Drama and Response to Literature: Reading the text and re-reading the truth.  In Karolides, N. (Ed.) Reader Response in Elementary Classrooms: Quest and Discovery.  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 69-9

Edmiston, B. & Wilhelm, J. (1996).  Playing in different keys: research notes for action researchers and reflective drama practitioners.  In Taylor, P. (Ed.)  Researching Drama and Arts Education: Paradigms and Possibilities.  London: Falmer Press. 85-96.  

Edmiston, B. (1995).  Discovering right actions: Forging ethical positions through dialogic interactions.  In Taylor, P. and C. Hoepper (Eds.).  Selected Readings in Drama and Theatre Education: the IDEA ’95 Papers.  Brisbane, QLD, Australia: NADIE Publications. 114-125.

Edmiston, B. (1993).  Going up the beanstalk: Discovering giant possibilities for responding to literature through drama.  In Holland, K., Hungerford, R., & Ernst, S. (Eds.). Journeying: Children Responding to Literature. Exeter, NH: Heinemann. 250 – 266.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Edmiston, B.  (2012). Dramatic inquiry and anti-oppressive teaching.   Youth Theatre Journal,  26 (2), 105-119.

Edmiston, B. & McKibben, A. (2011).  Shakespeare, rehearsal approaches, and dramatic inquiry: Literacy education for lifeEnglish in Education, 45 (1), 91-106.  

Enciso, P., Cushman, C., Edmiston, B., Post, R., & Berring, D. (2011).  ‘Is that what you really want?’: a case study of intracultural ensemble-building within the paradoxes of ‘urbanicity’’.  Research in Drama Education: the Journal for Applied Theatre and Performance, 16 (2), 215-234

Edmiston, B. (2010).  Playing with children, answering with our lives: A Bakhtinian approach to coauthoring ethical identities in early childhoodBritish Journal of Educational Studies. 58 (1) 197-211.  

Edmiston, B. (2007).  Mission to Mars: Using drama to make classrooms more inclusive for the language and literacy learning of children with disabilitiesLanguage Arts. 84 (4) 331-340.

Edmiston, B. (2003).  What’s my position? Role, frame, and positioning when using process drama. Research in Drama Education. 8 (2), 221-229.

Edmiston, B. (2000).  Drama as Ethical EducationResearch in Drama Education. 5 (1), 63-84. 

Edmiston, B.  (1994).  More than talk: A Bakhtinian perspective on drama in education and change in understandingNADIE Journal.  18 (2), 25-36.

Edmiston, B. (1993).  Structuring drama for reflection and learning: A teacher-researcher studyYouth Theatre Journal.  7 (3), 3-11.

Edmiston, B., Enciso, P. & King, M.L. (1987).  Empowering readers and writers with drama: Narrative TheatreLanguage Arts.  62 (2), 219-228.

Editor Reviewed Journal Articles

Edmiston, B. (2010).  To be wise before we are old: Teaching as creating spaces for learning wisdomTalking About Teaching 2009.  Academy of Teaching at The Ohio State University, 34-41. 

Taylor, T. & Edmiston, B.  (2005). Excellence, enjoyment, and innovation in primary classrooms:  Using the ‘mantle of the expert’ approach to education.  Teaching Thinking & Creativity.  16, 36-42.

Edmiston, B. (1998).  The ABC of DramaDrama Matters.  3, 49-52.

Sprunger, J. & Edmiston, B.  (1998).  Death, Desertion, and Despair: Responding to Intense Feelings about WarDrama Matters.  3,  53-60.

Edmiston, B. (1997).  Killing the king or facing Medusa: Exploring the evils of literature through dramaEducational Reports: Selected Papers From Children’s Literature ’97.  31, 33-44.

Edmiston, B. (1997).  Affirming dissonances: Apprentices of a careerDrama Matters. 2, 53-60.

Edmiston, B. (1993).  What have you travelled?  Drama.  1 (2), 3-11.

Edmiston, B. (1992).  Dramatic Art of Theatre and DramaDrama/Theatre Teacher.  4(2), 21-24.

Edmiston, B. (1991a).  Planning for Flexibility: The Phases of a Drama Structure.  Drama/Theatre Teacher.  4 (1), 6-12.

Edmiston, B. (1991b).  Structuring for reflection: The essential process in every drama. Drama Contact  15, 5-12.

Edmiston, B. (1991c).  Structuring for reflection2D: Drama & Dance  12 (1), 2-9.

Edmiston, B. (1989).  Guardians of the UniverseLiteracy Matters.  1 (2), 9-12.

Enciso, P. & Edmiston, B. (1985).  The secret lives of a narrator: examining subtext through drama.  English Language Arts Bulletin.  26 (2), 7-9.


Edmiston, B. (2008).  Mountains, ships, and time-machines: Making space for creativity and learning with dramatic inquiry in a primary classroom.  Durham, UK: Creative Partnerships.

Chapters from My Books

Chapter Five: Dramatic Inquiry: Imagining and Enacting Life from Multiple Perspectives.  In Beach, R., Campano, G., Edmiston, B., & Borgman, M. (2010). Literacy Tools in the Classroom: Teaching through Critical Inquiry, Grades 5-12.  New York: Teachers College Press

Chapter One: Exploring Castles: Authentic Teaching and Learning through Drama. In Wilhelm, J. & Edmiston, B. (1998).  Imagining to Learn: Inquiry, Ethics, and Integration Through Drama.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann

Chapter Three: Ethical Imagination: Choosing and Ethical Self in Drama.

Chapter Five: Drama as Inquiry: Students and Teachers as Coresearchers.  

Unpublished papers

Mountain Rescue Team: Planning to use the Mantle of the Expert Approach

Authoring complexity with dramatic inquiry

Building Social Justice Communities

Expert Positioning Frame Roles

The Mantle of the Expert Approach to Education