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ERIC Number: EJ805159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Changing Theories of Undergraduate Theatre Studies, 1945-1980
Berkeley, Anne
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v42 n3 p57-70 Fall 2008
The history of theatre study in American undergraduate education is one of prodigious quantitative success. Though it took two centuries to secure the right to perform plays at American colleges, it took only eighty years for the curriculum to grow from a few isolated courses at the turn of the twentieth century to well over 14,000 in the 1970s. By far the steepest growth occurred during the unprecedented expansion of higher education between 1945 and 1979. But the numerical success of academic theatre's rise after the war years conceals more dubious qualitative achievements. The fundamental questions, according to Oscar G. Brockett, have been and continue to be, "What place, if any, should theatre have in a university?" and "For what are students being educated?" This study traces answers to these questions given by theorists between 1945 and 1979. It explores the connections between the thoughts about educational theatre and the programs developed, what theorists wanted it to become and what it became. (Contains 55 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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