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Drama and Curriculum

A Giant at the Door

O'Toole, John, Stinson, Madonna, Moore, Tiina

2009, XVI, 222 p.

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  • The only text to provide a global view of the development of drama curricula
  • The only text that links the fields of drama, curriculum, drama and language learning, and applied theatre
  • Teases out comprehensively and authoritatively the significant influences and constraints in the history of drama and schooling
  • Provides important case studies of 1) systemic curriculum development; 2) the enacted curriculum
  • Analyses thoroughly the internecine connections and resolves the key battles and conflicts within the field

Written by drama practitioners/theorists, this book critically investigates the long, complex and ambivalent shared history of drama (and theatre) and education, formal and informal. The broad sweep takes in key historical and contemporary figures and their influences on drama education practice, including the ‘speech and drama’ movement, drama- and theatre-in-education, drama therapy and psychodrama, and emergent forms such as Applied Theatre. In its journey through play in the early years to the play on the stage, the book identifies and explains drama’s four paradigms of purpose: for language, for development, as pedagogy and as art-form. It shows how these interweave in highly intricate ways to provide different kinds of learning for different contexts, and how they sometimes become tangled in practice and theory, in the constant efforts of drama and theatre practitioners to get drama established in the curriculum, and keep it there.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » applied theatre - curriculum - drama - drama education - education - research - theatre

Related subjects » Education & Language

Table of contents 

Acknowledgments Preface by John O’Toole Part One – Background and context Chapter One – Strange bedfellows: drama and education by John O’Toole Chapter Two – Curriculum: the house that Jack built by John O’Toole and Madonna Stinson Part Two – Theories and practices Chapter Three – Drama and language by John O’Toole and Madonna Stinson Chapter Four – Drama for development and expression by John O’Toole Chapter Five – Drama as pedagogy by John O’Toole Chapter Six – Civil wars by John O’Toole Chapter Seven – The three pillars of art by John O’Toole Part Three – Drama in action in contemporary curriculum Chapter Eight – Doorway politics: cracking an education system by John O’Toole and Madonna Stinson Chapter Nine – Drama as macro-curriculum: peeking behind the closed doors of drama syllabus development by Madonna Stinson Chapter Ten – The History Centre: a micro-curriculum by Tiina Moore Chapter Eleven – Pasts, present and futures: which door next? by John O’Toole and Madonna Stinson

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