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ERIC Number: ED417273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
The Nexus between Education and Work: A Research Project and Its Practical Implications.
Smigiel, Heather
A research project investigated the place of educational drama methodologies in the workplace and vocational education in Australia. Through a special study unit, 10 workplace trainers volunteered to be involved as part of their course of study. The unit spanned 5 months and included 5 days of workshops exploring educational drama methodology and theory. Data were collected from the following: "before" and "after" profiles that participants wrote; participants' response to a 4-day course exploring drama methodologies; trainers' journal entries as they implemented the drama methodologies; and interviews at the end of the project and 6 months later. Data analysis showed that learning emerged as a significant theme. The findings confirmed many of the claims drama educators in schools have been making for years. The trainers found that learners liked the process and often learned more quickly than through conventional lectures. They also found, however, that what students learned was not always what the teachers thought they were teaching. In addition, trainers that learners developed self-confidence and empathy, they improved in workplace competence, and they retained information longer. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia