How Drama Activates Learning

Contemporary Research and Practice

by Michael Anderson, Julie Dunn

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How Drama Activates Learning: Contemporary Research and Practice draws together leaders in drama education and applied theatre from across the globe, including authors from Europe, North America and Australasia. It explores how learning can be activated when drama pedagogies and philosophies are applied across diverse contexts and for varied purposes. The areas explored include:

· history
· literacy, oracy and listening
· health and human relationships education
· science
· democracy, social justice and global citizenship education
· bullying and conflict management
· criticality
· digital technologies
· additional language learning

Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives, the contributors present case studies of drama and applied theatre work in school and community settings, providing rich descriptions of practice accompanied by detailed analysis underpinned by the theoretical perspectives of key thinkers from both within and beyond the field of drama.

  • Bloomsbury Publishing; August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781441194169
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: How Drama Activates Learning
  • Author: Michael Anderson (ed.); Julie Dunn (ed.)
  • Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Subject categories
  • 9781474227964
  • 9781441194169

In The Press

How Drama Activates Learning is a timely addition to the drama and education literature, with much wider relevance beyond this community. Leading international drama education and applied theatre scholars are joined by emerging researchers to create this new compendium of evidence and insights into diverse research and case studies of practice. A dynamic range of practical examples, analysis and theoretical developments are shared in the realms of community development, learning contexts and curriculum areas including history, additional language learning, learning technologies and science. This book highlights convincing reasons for drama to be central to learning processes and interrogates the ways that these processes work. It clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of dramatic practice and research for enabling people to play an active role in imagining and creating future worlds.

About The Author

Michael Anderson is Associate Professor, Associate Dean and Head of Drama Education at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Julie Dunn is Associate Professor of Drama and Applied Theatre at Griffith University, Australia.