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ERIC Number: EJ1109070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2334-4822
Improv(ing) the Academy: Applied Improvisation as a Strategy for Educational Development
Rossing, Jonathan P.; Hoffmann-Longtin, Krista
To Improve the Academy, v35 n2 p303-325 Jun 2016
Improvisational theater training (or "improv") is a strategy employed by many business leaders and educators to cultivate creativity and collaboration amid change. Drawing on improv principles such as "Yes, And…" and "Make your scene partners look good," we explore the ways in which educational developers might apply principles of improv in 3 contexts: teaching and building classroom community, organizational development, and research collaboration. Faculty developers who successfully engage the principles of improv have the potential to help colleges and universities respond more effectively to complex problems and to manage the uncertainty of the future. By highlighting successful applications of improvisation principles across higher education, we hope to spark further discussion and research on how applied improvisation might be a strategy for overcoming resistance to change and encouraging an environment where innovation is valued.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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