ERIC Number: ED032937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Theatre Arts Curriculum for Young Children. CAREL Arts and Humanities Curriculum Development Program for Young Children.
Alexander, Robert; And Others
A curriculum on theater is presented in this volume prepared by the Central Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory (CAREL) Arts and Humanities Curriculum Development Program for Young Children. Topics in the 23 page Rationale section range from theories of cognitive development to an extensive explanation of the workshop concept which is recommended as the basis of the theater curriculum. The workshop should emphasize creative problem solving in an atmosphere of human interaction without authority-imposed discipline or instructor approval-disapproval. The workshop experience should be child-oriented to permit each child to proceed at his own rate, and should teach processes and methods of working rather than facts. The authors outline their proposed program of teacher preparation, involving summer sessions and an academic year apprenticeship. Theatrical lighting, props, student-teacher ratio, coaching, and evaluation are explored. Specific suggestions for workshop activity and improvisations are made. Finally, although the pilot project was unable to secure many of the conditions considered essential to an effective theater program, the original recommendations were confirmed. (MH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Central Atlantic Regional Educational Lab., Washington, DC.