ERIC Number: ED208498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Application of Dramatistic Criticism to Curriculum Evaluation.
Gehrke, Nathalie J.; Bravmann, Stephanie
This study was designed to analyze and apply the dramatistic criticism methods of rhetorical theorist Kenneth Burke to the evaluation of both specialized and general curricula. The study consisted of four phases: interpretation and summation of Burke's work, translation of Burke's vocabulary into an appropriate form, application and refinement of the approach, and reconsideration. This report contains a working vocabulary list and definitions as well as an abbreviated version of an evaluation report on a ninth-grade humanities curriculum newly implemented as part of a four-year, integrated core curriculum in a new private metropolitan secondary school. The vocabulary list provides definitions of the "dramatistic pentad," the five generating principles (act, scene, agent, agency, and purpose) that make up the basic elements of analysis. The evaluation report contains brief descriptions of the program to be evaluated, of the involved participants, and of the general scene; selected scenes that present summaries of the pentad elements; an epilogue of programmatic conclusions; and a discussion and reconsideration of the application of the dramatistic methods to curriculum evaluation work. The authors believe that the approach was useful in this application and could prove useful in analyzing teaching. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Burke (Kenneth); Dramatistic Criticism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).