ERIC Number: EJ883731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Whose Classroom Is It, Anyway? Improvisation as a Teaching Tool
Berk, Ronald A.; Trieber, Rosalind H.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v20 n3 p29-60 2009
Improvisational techniques derived from the experiences in improvisational theatre can be adapted for the college classroom to leverage the characteristics of the Net Generation, their multiple intelligences and learning styles, and the variety of collaborative learning activities already in place in a learner-centered environment. When improvisation is reformatted as small-group collaborative learning exercises, it can be a powerful teaching tool to promote deep learning. The authors describe the key features of improvisation along with four generic, easy to execute exercises applied to real course content: "One Word at a Time/One Sentence at a Time," "Speech Tag," "Freeze Tag," and "Gibberish Expert Interview." An evaluation scale to measure the effectiveness of classroom applications is also included.
Descriptors: Multiple Intelligences, Creative Activities, Teaching Methods, Imagination, Cognitive Style, Theater Arts, Cooperative Learning, Thinking Skills, College Students, Learning Activities, Classroom Techniques, Information Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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