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ERIC Number: ED123672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 20
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A Paradigm for a Future of Change in Organizations; A New Potential for Educational Theatre.
Swanson, Charles H.
Rapidly changing organizational systems and individual demands, as outlined by Alvin Toffler in "Future Shock," call for a unique flexibility in change strategies. Although theatre, as reflected in the degree of support by the national budget, is not considered a high priority item, it can provide a valuable social function. With the increasing use of ad hoc organizations to deal with the problems of accelerating change, individuals must learn to function within changing systems in both their individual lives and in organizations. By its very nature, the theatre production is an ad hoc organization which demands new socializations, a state of continuous learning, and synergenic problem solving skills. As such, it can provide an experience capable of increasing individual flexibility. An experimental design involving the testing of students before and after involvement in directing and theatre productions on K.W. Schaie's Test of Behavioral Rigidity reveals increased personal flexibility after theatre experiences. The social utility of theatre can be demonstrated, therefore, in an objective manner. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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