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ERIC Number: ED223541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 35
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Exploring the Research concerning Left Hemisphere/Right Hemisphere Cognitive Processes and Examining One Instructional Technique Which May Be Implemented across the Curriculum to Produce Holistic Thinkers.
McLendon, Gloria H.
Current writings on the functions of the left and right hemispheres of the brain are examined, focusing upon possible implications for improving present educational techniques. It has been generally accepted by researchers that the organizational and verbalizing processes are functions of the left cerebral hemisphere, while creative and intuitive processes are functions of the right. Because of the value placed on verbalization, planning, ordering of facts, and numerical calculations, the American school system provides education almost totally devoted to developing the verbal and rational left brain hemisphere. With the exception of a few elective courses, the intuitive and creative right hemisphere is unrecognized in the school curriculum and goes largely untaught. It is widely agreed, however, that solving complex problems in changing circumstances requires the activity of both cerebral hemispheres working together. Creative dramatics offers an experience in holistic learning--using both cerebral hemispheres and, hence, the whole brain. Creative dramatics techniques may be used to teach almost any subject that requires the organization of ideas or the reinforcement of specific mechanical, sequencing, and imagery skills. The phases of creativity employed in creative dramatics are outlined in this paper, and ascending levels of creativity are described. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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