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ERIC Number: EJ1138761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1838-0689
Contagious Learning: Drama, Experience and "Perezhivanie"
Davis, Susan; Dolan, Kathryn
International Research in Early Childhood Education, v7 n1 p50-67 2016
The relationship between experience, emotions, cognition, and learning is of increasing interest to educators and researchers who recognise that efforts to promote student engagement and learning must take into account factors beyond the purely cognitive and instrumental. The significance of experience considered as a unity in regard to child development was discussed through the concept of "perezhivanie" decades ago in the work of Lev Vygotsky (1934). Contemporary explorations of "perezhivanie" as a concept and phenomenon may be further informed through drawing upon Dewey's work on "Art as Experience" (1934) and the concept of metaxis as understood in drama education literature. This paper will examine the special nature of arts and educational drama experiences for experiencing, realising, and expressing "perezhivanie." It also reflects upon the role of the teacher, their own experiences of arts-inspired "perezhivanie" and the potentially contagious impact of the teacher's experiences for their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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