Drama in Education Reaching Beyond the “Art Form or Teaching Tool” Dichotomy

  • Irina Lešnik Faculty of Education, University of Primorska, Slovenia

Abstract

In the following article we try to re-evaluate, the place drama occupies in contemporary elementary education. By limiting the role of drama to literature studies and theatre productions, we lose a greater potential Theatre Pedagogy has to offer to a much broader educational spectrum. The participatory practices of Theatre and Drama in Education (TiE, DiE) promote active learning, based on a most organic children’s activity – play. While students co-create the fictional world of drama, teacher's guidance is crucial in setting new challenges, encouraging students to find creative solutions and reflect on often-complex social issues. Because of its art component, drama challenges the participants on a cognitive as well as emotional level, becoming a truly transformational experience. As such, Drama in Education is especially useful when approaching sensitive and controversial topics. This thesis is presented on a case study observing Year 6 students at St’ Michael’s CE Academy in Birmingham, UK, using Drama in Education method as part of History curriculum.
Published
Dec 29, 2018
How to Cite
LEŠNIK, Irina. Drama in Education Reaching Beyond the “Art Form or Teaching Tool” Dichotomy. European Journal of Social Science Education and Research, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 3, p. 70-76, dec. 2018. ISSN 2312-8429. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejser/article/view/3878>. Date accessed: 21 jan. 2019.