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Drama in Education

Exploring Key Research Concepts and Effective Strategies, 1st Edition

Edited by Ása Helga Ragnarsdóttir, Hákon Sæberg Björnsson


176 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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As schools have become more aware of their role in addressing personal and social issues, the importance of ‘values and attitudes’ have begun shaping education and curricula worldwide. Drama in Education explores the six fundamental pillars of the national curriculum guide of Iceland in relation to these changing values and attitudes.

Focusing on the importance of human relations, this book explores literacy, sustainability, health and welfare, democracy and human rights, equality and creativity. It demonstrates the capability of drama as a teaching strategy for effectively working towards these fundamental pillars and reflects on how drama in education can be used to empower children to become healthy, creative individuals and active members in a democratic society.

Offering research-based examples of using drama successfully in different educational contexts and considering practical challenges within the classroom, Drama in Education: Exploring Key Research Concepts and Effective Strategies is an essential guide for any modern drama teacher.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Ása Helga Ragnarsdóttir

2. Literacy

i. Language learning through drama and theatre

Rannveig Björk Þorkelsdóttir and Ása Helga Ragnarsdóttir

ii. Performing Literacy – Drama in Education and Social Media

Kristian Nödtvedt Knudsen and Daniel Schofield

3. Sustainability

i. Artful teaching of drama-based storyline

Anna-Lena Østern

4. Health and welfare

i.Advancing social and emotional wellbeing through Drama

Helen Cahill

ii. "I am just talking and talking. I have to stop, but this is so funny” Stories from immigrant students in drama classes

Ása Helga Ragnarsdóttir and Hafdís Guðjónsdóttir

5. Democracy and human rights

i. No Direction Home: Process Drama as a response to new nationalisms

Peter O‘Connor and Moema Gregorzewski

6. Equality

i. Drama for diversity and equality: working creatively together towards social inclusion

Jo Raphael

ii.Imagining the possible: using drama for gender equality in schools

Christine Hatton

7. Creativity

i. Living through creativity

Adam Bethlenfalvy

ii. Drama, Inclusion and development of Play-competence in Kindergarten

Merete Cornét Sørensen

8. Conclusion

Ása Helga Ragnarsdóttir

About the Editors

Ása Helga Ragnarsdóttir is an adjunct lecturer in drama and theatre education at the University of Iceland, School of Education.

Hákon Sæberg Björnsson is a recent M.Ed. graduate from the University of Iceland.

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