ERIC Number: ED523404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
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Creating Democratic Citizenship through Drama Education: The Writings of Jonothan Neelands
O'Connor, Peter, Ed.
Trentham Books Ltd
This selection of the seminal texts of Jonothan Neelands is essential reading for everyone involved in drama education. It showcases the classroom participatory democracy through ensemble based theatre education which Neelands developed over 25 years. Readers will find: (1) Neelands' development in the 1980s of the conventions approach which made Dorothy Heathcote's and Gavin Bolton's "living through drama" more accessible and which has come to dominate drama curricula across the globe; (2) his defence--along with Cecily O'Neill--of progressive drama education; (3) his arguments for drama as both pedagogy and discipline; (4) his calls for theatre education to be both presentational and representational; (5) his pleas for drama's place within the English rather than the arts curriculum; and (6) his response to 9/11: drama is crucial in an age of uncertainty and intolerance and the defining humanising and democratising principles of drama in education are a potent challenge to extremism. In these inspirational, theoretically grounded and practical writings, Neelands shows how transformation through and on the stage can bring about real change in the world.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Drama, Democracy, Student Participation, Democratic Values, Theater Arts, Educational History, Terrorism, Social Influences, Transformative Learning, Social Change
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