ERIC Number: ED034777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Improvisation and the Teaching of Literature: The Proceedings of a Symposium.
CEMREL, Inc., St. Ann, MO.
This report comprises transcripts of tape recordings of (1) a short improvisation session conducted by a drama coach and (2) the subsequent seminar (edited) in which the 28 participants explore the relationship of improvisation to teaching literature. Topics discussed are the objectives of literature instruction, emotional experience as an integral part of the learning process, how to employ the "game" to accomplish the "task," and whether improvisation is a valuable enough experience to justify teaching it for itself alone. Participants relate experiences which show that students enjoy such improvisational activities as role-playing, and in the process develop self-confidence and sensitivity to themselves and sometimes to literature. Geoffrey Summerfield outlines the uses of drama in British schools, and Robert F. Hogan indicates the potential of improvisation for developing students' power over their language and for stimulating imaginative involvement with literature. An introduction outlines the purposes of the symposium, offers several definitions of improvisation, and describes the improvisations that took place during the 2-day workshop. (RH)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Cognitive Objectives, Creative Dramatics, Discovery Learning, Dramatic Play, English Instruction, Enrichment Activities, Group Instruction, Learning Activities, Literature Appreciation, Role Playing, Sensitivity Training, Teaching Methods
Verna Smith, Central Midwestern Regional Educational Laboratory, 10646 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, Missouri 63074 (free)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Ann, MO.
Note: Supplement Number One to CEMREL's Summary Report on the 1968-69 Season of the Educational Laboratory Project (ED 032 307)