ERIC Number: ED442143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Player and the Playing: An Interpretive Study of Richard Courtney's Texts on Learning through Drama.
Using qualitative and interpretive methodologies, this dissertation analyzed Richard Courtney's writings to interpret his basic ideas on learning through drama. It focused on later writings (1989, 1990, 1995, 1997) in which Courtney distilled ideas he had been working on for as many as 30 years. It approached Courtney's texts using dramatistic metaphors which concretized his predominantly abstract writings. These metaphors focused on finding the basic elements of a drama: the setting, the act, the actor, and the Other. Through the lenses afforded by these metaphors, the thesis examined Courtney's wide-ranging, eclectic and often imprecise ideas to distill major themes. Courtney used notions like metaphor, symbol, ritual, Being, mind, perspective, oscillation and quaternity with apparently shifting definitions and loosely circumscribed meanings. It collected and analyzed Courtney's meanings recursively, both distilling Courtney's meanings and expanding them through concrete hypothetical examples. Courtney wrote about drama in abstract terms, using notions he had garnered from other disciplines to describe the process of learning through drama. The final construction that emerged in this dissertation represents the experience of the actor/learner: it is concentric, radiating from a nub which represents the feelings and imagination of the actor. Radiating circles represent the actor's metaphoric thinking, taken here as a cognitive approach to perspectival understandings of self and others, in an existential form of learning. This construction has implications for research and education. It refers to the many dramas that take place in living interactions. It is a construction for understanding and facilitating the learning processes which take place in the dynamic interactions between people, and which inform personal awareness and understanding. Contains approximately 675 references and 24 figures. Appendixes contain sample pages from Courtney's bibliography, sample letters from him, and a photograph of Courtney. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Doctoral dissertation, School of Education, New York University.