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ERIC Number: ED101413
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 13
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Summaries, Conclusions, Recommendations from a Survey of the Status of Secondary School Theatre in Maine.
Sawyer, Richard W.
This study is a quantitative descriptive survey of the character and scope of Maine high school curricular and cocurricular theatre education. A two-part questionnaire was mailed to the principal and the teacher most directly concerned with programs in theatre of all Maine public and private high schools in the fall of 1972. Sixty-one percent of all Maine high schools responded. The most notable findings of the study are that most of the high schools responding (96 percent) put on plays and that half offer at least one specific course in theatre. In addition, it was discovered that no more than one fourth of the teachers now teaching and/or directing theatre programs have earned more than 12 college credit hours in theatre subjects and that 40 percent have had no formal preparation in production-oriented courses. Notable findings of the comparison between the Maine profile and the national profile (by J.L. Peluso) are that teacher training is only slightly better throughout the nation, more specific courses are offered per school in Maine, attitudes of Maine principals are more favorable toward theatre programs, plays produced in Maine are financially more independent, and one-act plays in Maine and full-length plays in the nation are most popular. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Maine