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ERIC Number: EJ784325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
School Drama and Representations of War and Terror--Some Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Learning in Drama in Troubled Times
Franks, Anton
Research in Drama Education, v13 n1 p23-37 Feb 2008
The argument here proceeds from an understanding that learning in drama is about participating in forms of cultural production whilst simultaneously engaging thought and feeling to make sense of aspects of contemporary life. In contemporary culture, acts of war and terror are mediated through television and digitised media and are thereby given immediate proximity to everyday life. As well as having real and terrible effects in real situations, acts of violence and terror appear to be constructed with the consciousness of their instantaneously mediated effects on audiences. How might learners, particularly in culturally diverse urban classrooms, understand the effects of televised violence? In what ways do they represent or reproduce violence, war and terror in the drama classroom? What does this tell teachers and researchers about learning in drama? How might drama educators describe, analyse and understand the effects on developing minds? An example taken from a drama lesson is described and analysed here in reference to a theoretical framework constructed from critical cultural theory, multimodal social semiotics and a cultural approach to the development of mind. This is by way of developing a way of understanding the practices, pedagogies and modes of production in drama education in an age of real and powerfully mediated acts of violence. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)