Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ACD5001

 
TITLE Creativity and Drama Education

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit discusses the significance of creativity, the imagination and the arts in the educational system. It mainly focuses on drama as an art form in its own right, and on how the process of drama can be applied to educate the child in a holistic sense, by promoting the personal, moral, social, spiritual, creative and cultural development of all pupils. The study-unit integrates process and performance, teaching both through and about the art form.

Teaching key skills will be covered through lectures and drama workshops; these will include: trust building, ensemble building, voice work, observation and movement, improvisation and creative processes leading to devising storytelling and collective creations.

Furthermore, the study-unit gives an overview of the history of theatre in schools, the pioneers and key practitioners of drama education and the conceptual shifts in drama education since the early 1900s. In so doing, it provides a practical and theoretical introduction to several of the theories and techniques powering drama work in schools. The lectures aim to convey an understanding of how certain socio-psychological-neurological-historic-political aspects impacted the development of the pedagogy of drama as a means of formal and non-formal education.

Students will explore theatre and drama in educational settings and attend theatre performances for children to analyse and critique the performance and brainstorm ways to incorporate the performance into the school curriculum.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To develop an understanding of the place of drama in education and to provide a firm foundation from which to teach the subject.
- To give students the confidence to teach for creativity and the tools to communicate and teach Drama effectively.
- To familiarise students with the process of drama and how this can be applied to educate in a holistic sense, by promoting the personal, moral, social, spiritual, creative and cultural development of all pupils.
- To expose students to theatre for children so they analyse, critique and brainstorm ways to incorporate this into the school curriculum.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- discuss the importance of creativity and drama education within education.
- differentiate between diverse forms and practices related to drama education, including Drama as a subject in its own right but also as a medium.
- locate particular drama education activities within broader theoretical contexts.
- analyse and critique theatre performances for children.
- explain what the role of the drama teacher is as s/he functions outside the traditional subject matter framework using an experiential rather than instructional approach.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- use their voice and body language to communicate more effectively.
- facilitate and mediate through the process of drama.
- take on a low-status teacher-in-role during an activity thus be ready to risk and relinquish the traditional status of the teacher.
- use key Drama teaching skills and conventions to build teamwork, trust within the group, ensemble work and to teach voice work, observation and movement.
- use improvisation and creative processes leading to collective creations within the classroom.
- think on the spot to inspire and elicit from students who feel challenged or are stuck in their creative process.
- demonstrate skills in self-reflection, creativity and independent learning.
- plan a drama lessons ( to be further developed in the other MTL Drama study-units).
- explore theatre and drama in educational settings.
- analyse and prepare pre and post theatre viewing activities to incorporate the performance into the school curriculum.
- select and justify the use of resources and approaches for the effective teaching of Drama.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- O’Toole, J & Dunn, J 2002, Pretending to learn: Helping children learn through drama, Pearson Education, Australia.
- Winston, J & Tandy, M 2001, Beginning Drama 4–11 (2nd edition), David Fulton, London.

Supplementary Readings:

- Boal, A. Games for Actors and Non-Actors (London and New York: Routledge, 1992).
- Fleming, M. (1997) The Art of Drama Teaching David Fulton.
- Johnson, A, & O'Neill, C., (eds) (1984) Dorothy Heathcote: Collected Writings Hutchinson.
- Nicholson, H and Kempe, A. (2001) Learning to teach drama London: Continuum.
- Norris, J. (2000) Learning to teach drama : a case narrative approach Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
- Scher, A. & Verrall C. (1975) 100+ Ideas for Drama Heinemann.
- Scher, A. & Verrall C. (1987) Another 100+ Ideas for Drama Heinemann.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit works well with ACD5002, which will run contemporaneously.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM2 No 30%
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM2 No 35%
Reflective Diary SEM2 No 35%

 
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