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My Understanding of Drama in Education.

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My Understanding of Drama in Education "Drama in education is a total process, internal and external, that occurs when we transform our creative imaginations into acts, when we create mental functions and express them in spontaneous play, creative drama, improvisation, and role play." Courtney, R My understanding and definition of drama is grounded in Courtney's description of drama. When I experienced my very first dramatic process as a learner, I felt intrigued and engaged by what I was doing. My teacher had asked the class to imagine we were important members of the Unicef coming together for a meeting to make a decision about Anya a nine teen year old from a poor country that had the opportunity to escape to Ireland. However her father could not come with her. We had to decide if it was a good idea for Anya to come. Everybody was given a small description of what Anya was like. As members of Unicef, we varied in opinion about the Anya. ...read more.


Having completed this I felt that I had developed my skill of thinking for myself. I believe that this would be invaluable for young children in education. Drama in education can also be used as and icebreaker. It helps so that people will come out of their shells to talk to others and get to know them. The ice- breakers create a common ground. Everybody is acting 'silly', being performers in their own way and expressing him or herself in order to get to know everybody else. I will never forget my first drama class. The whole college scene was new to me, I had never seen so many people my own age and I had never been away from home and I had no idea of the city. I walked into the drama class and sat down timidly. The role was called and then the teacher introduced himself as Peter (I was in another group previously). We did a drama where we sat in a circle and we had to memorise each other's names in the form of a small drama to make the exercise fun. ...read more.


In this poem I can see how doing drama can change the lives of people. Drama is so important in education. There are three main characteristics to drama in education. These are * Learning through activity * Problem resolution in the classroom * Revealing hidden meanings through self-experience. (Noffke, S.E. Stevenson, R.B 1995) The most significant aims of drama are to get the students taking into consideration different viewpoints and achieve deeper understanding. Sub goals are forming groups and communities built on partnership, development of communication skills and different forms of non-verbal expression. The method helps the students (through active involvement) to build their global social knowledge from information that seemed separate before. To conclude, drama is not at all like what I expected it to be. I originally thought that it would be primarily be concerned with production however I have since learnt that it can be an important educational tool. Through drama, teachers and students can create dynamic worlds as familiar or strange as their imaginations can muster. 1087 words Bilbliography Drama Curriculum Book (1999) Bolten, Gavin (1979) Towards a theory of drama in education. Longmans Winston, Joe and Miles Tandy (1998) Beginning Drama 4-11, Fulton. 1 ...read more.

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