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Ways into Drama: Preparing for Engagement


Sharp, J and Brett, P, Ways into Drama: Preparing for Engagement, International Perspectives on Drama and Citizenship Education, Routledge, Nicholas McGuinn, Norio Ikeno, Ian Davies, Edda Sant (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 131-140. ISBN 978-0-367-52487-6 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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This section’s introductory chapter provides an overview of the shared challenges for citizenship and drama educators in promoting student engagement at different levels of education. A variety of influential voices have illuminated the relationship between drama and civic engagement – we remind readers here of seminal perspectives offered by Aristotle, Vaclav Havel, Augusto Boal, Shakespeare and Peter Brook, among other influential scholars and practitioners. Engagement and transformation are central to the purposes of both citizenship and drama educators. There is much for citizenship educators to learn from the capacity of drama to foster deep engagement by both participants and audiences with fundamentally important civic issues and narratives. The second half of the chapter explores two specific intersections between citizenship education and drama – firstly drama as a microcosm of the world at large: a model world in which ‘citizens’ must engage and work with each other in order to achieve the balance and harmony required of all healthy societies. On the other hand, specifically within the realms of education, we discuss drama as pedagogical tool in preparing for political and community engagement, problem-posing and problem-solving.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:drama, citizenship education, acting globally
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brett, P (Dr Peter Brett)
ID Code:148191
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-12-09
Last Modified:2022-05-13

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