ERIC Number: ED366957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploration into the Writing of Original Scripts by Inner-City High School Drama Students.
A study explored how ethnically diverse students in an urban high school worked collaboratively to conceive and execute original theater pieces that addressed issues of relevance to them. Subjects, 29 of the original 51 seniors in the theater institute program at Hillcrest High School, New York City, completed pre- and posttests, written statements, and logs. Data also included interviews with students, tape recordings of student discussion and rehearsals, audience reaction, and feedback from other teachers and the principal. Results indicated that: (1) classroom attendance increased; (2) students took more and more responsibility and became more proactive; (3) students used both their local and school libraries on an ongoing basis; and (4) while students (in their initial writing exercises) indicated they did not have anything to write about, by the end of the program the major problem was that there was too much material to fit into the production. (Forty-four references, the pre-post questionnaire, the student biographical questionnaire, teacher-researcher log form, student log forms, resource questionnaires, and post-production questionnaires are attached.) (RS)
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Cooperative Learning, High School Students, High Schools, Inner City, Playwriting, Production Techniques, Scripts, Student Attitudes, Student Reaction, Theater Arts, Urban Education, Urban Youth, Writing Research
National Arts Education Research Center/New York University, 32 Washington Place, Room 52, New York, NY 10003 ($4).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Arts Education Research Center, New York, NY.
Identifiers: New York City Board of Education; Writing Development