ERIC Number: EJ721296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 27
From Spotlight to Fluorescent Bulb: Aesthetic Dimensions of Personal, Practical Knowledge in an Actor Training to Be a High School Teacher
Research in Drama Education, v10 n3 p327-340 Nov 2005
This paper can be conceived as one story embedded in a second story, in which the "outer" narrative, involving the theoretical and methodological framework, is that of my search for a means of defining, articulating and implementing an aesthetic epistemology in both academic research and in teacher education/development (a search that is advanced but not resolved in this article). In the "inner" story, I present the report of a qualitative research study with a participant in transition from a career as a theatre professional to one as a high school drama teacher. The inquiry focuses on the aesthetic dimension of personal, practical knowledge, an aspect of personal, practical knowledge previously unacknowledged. This study focuses on one research participant, who in the midst of a successful career as an actor in mega-musicals decided to become a high school teacher. "Ella" has performed in "Miss Saigon," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Showboat" in Toronto and around North America, and her story foregrounds the pedagogical role of storytelling, being "on," nuance, discovering the familiar in the new, and drama as a methodology.
Descriptors: Epistemology, Qualitative Research, Story Telling, Aesthetics, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Interviews, Dramatics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto); North America