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ERIC Number: EJ861205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
"A Complicated Tangle of Circumstances"
Miller, Carole; Saxton, Juliana
Research in Drama Education, v14 n4 p545-560 Nov 2009
The post-modern curriculum, drawing on chaos and complexity theory, recognises the realities of a world in flux and posits that the teacher and the class are always teetering "in the midst" of chaos, "not linked by chains of causality but [by] layers of meaning, recursive dynamics, non-linear effects and chance" (Osberg 2008, viii). The phenomenon of such (paradoxically) "constant" change is a living part of the realisation of "Everyday Theatre" company performances that are, in turn, specifically designed to effect shifts or changes in understanding for their audience participants. It is this changing, changeful, changeable, change-ringing context that we investigate in this article as we look at the layering of the experiences of "Everyday Theatre" through the lens of a post-modern curriculum of complexity. For us, the work of "Everyday Theatre" exemplifies the post-modern curriculum at its best, confirming what we as drama educators have intuited: a rich pedagogy unfolds in the midst of chaos as students meet a complex narrative that creates powerful metaphors they are invited to explore through their own acts of experience. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada