ERIC Number: ED253892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Expression and Meaning: The Two Frames of Dramatic Experiencing.
Morgan, Norah; Saxton, Juliana
The full power of drama as both a teaching and learning medium can be realized only when the inner world of meaning is harnessed to the outer world of expressive action. The teacher has available a number of techniques that can involve the students in the vital interaction of both frames. To involve the students in the expressive frame, the teacher can guide them through five categories of identification: (1) dramatic playing (being oneself in a make-believe situation); (2) mantle of the expert (being oneself, but looking at the situation through special eyes); (3) role playing (being in a role representing an attitude or point of view); (4) characterization (the representation of an individual lifestyle, which is somewhat or markedly different from the student's own); and (5) acting (the selection of symbols, movements, gestures, and voice to represent a particular individual to others). Meaning can be generated by guiding the student through the following levels of personal engagement: evidencing interest (those components without which drama cannot take place), engaging (the active identification with imagined roles and situations), committing (the acceptance of personal engagement and responsibility to the work and the group), internalizing (the intimate interplay between personal feeling and thought and emphatic feeling and thought), demonstrating (the contextual selection for clarity of communication), and evaluating (the testing out of meaning through conscious working in the art form). When teachers use these classifications, they are able to plan lessons more effectively and weave together expression and meaning. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (San Francisco, CA, August 12-15, 1984).