ERIC Number: ED232830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Drama in Development: Its Integration in Non-Formal Education. Occasional Paper #4.
Gerace, Frank A.; Carkin, Gary
Drama and non-formal education (NFE), with their links to real life, can be effective partners in achieving developmental goals. The freedom in NFE from some of the structural features of formal schooling presents a dynamic opportunity for the arts, with their affective characteristics, to help in achieving affective goals of education and development; education for socioeconomic development, a principal area of NFE, includes attitude change as a principal objective. If dramatic production is to be an effective element in NFE, it must be good theater; it must allow audiences to identify with the characters, situations and dialog of the presentation. To utilize drama for developmental purposes, national planners should collaborate with dramatic artists, educators, and existing governmental agencies in developing training programs and producing material for the mass media, which would stimulate awareness of national problems and motivate action for change which could be supported by formal educational and other services. The results of such an integrated approach to national development could stimulate the work of artists and relate their work to the development process, ignite and unite the national spirit for purposes of development, and support the goals of formal educators through use of a non-formal educational strategy. (MH)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Cultural Awareness, Developing Nations, Drama, Dramatics, Economic Development, Educational Objectives, Fine Arts, Folk Culture, Integrated Activities, Mass Media, Mass Media Effects, National Programs, Nonformal Education, Patriotism, Professional Training, Social Change
NFE Information Center, Michigan State University, 237 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 (while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Non-Formal Education Information Center.