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ERIC Number: ED311989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-10
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Time To Think about Shakespeare.
Kliman, Bernice W.
In June 1989, a study group was organized at Nassau Community College to encourage faculty to introduce the works of William Shakespeare in introductory literature courses. When the prospect of teaching Shakespeare to community college students was first considered, faculty expressed concern that their understanding of the issues surrounding Shakespearean studies was not current; that their time commitments would not allow them to update their knowledge; that their last attempts to teach Shakespeare had been unsuccessful; and that they needed assistance to branch out to more unfamiliar plays. The Shakespeare project was initiated to address these concerns. The first part of the project was the formation of a study group, which met for over 60 hours in June 1989. Each week, a Master Mentor directed the study of a different play. The participants were placed in the position of students and assigned individual and group tasks. For example, during the first week, the study group was divided into four smaller groups, who were each assigned scenes from "Hamlet" to perform in any way they chose. Intense discussions arose from the choices and interpretations of the groups. After the scenes were performed and discussed, the Master Mentor raised "essential" questions about the play that had no definitive answers, entering into discussions with information and his own interpretations only as appropriate. As a result, many instructors used the discussion group approach in their classes, having students perform scenes and raising similar kinds of open questions. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A