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ERIC Number: EJ822174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Improvised Lessons: Collaborative Discussion in the Constructivist Classroom
Sawyer, R. Keith
Teaching Education, v15 n2 p189-201 Jun 2004
Effective classroom discussion is improvisational, because its effectiveness derives from the fact that it is not scripted. Instead, the flow of the class is unpredictable, and emerges from the actions of both teachers and students. In this article, I apply principles from training classes for improvisational actors to provide practical suggestions for teachers. To identify the improvisation community's own views on creative collaboration, I draw on recent observations of rehearsals, performances, and improvisation training classes, and interviews with actors and directors. I conclude that teachers could become more effective discussion leaders by becoming aware of improvisational acting techniques, and I make a case for instructing teachers in improvisational exercises.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A